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The do’s and don’ts of carrying on luggage if you want to avoid the baggage carousel queues


With airports still seemingly struggling with increased passenger numbers since the easing of Covid restrictions, queuing to collect your bags at baggage carousels has become an increasingly less attractive option.

The stories of lost luggage and people having to survive their entire vacation with just one pair of underwear are enough to encourage many of us to travel light and make sure all our belongings are with us, on us, at any time. This also allows for a quick exit from the airport. But there are rules about what you can – and can’t – take on a flight, and while some things are more obvious than others, it’s important to know the rules so you don’t get caught out. ‘airport.

For starters, your tote must comply with airline size and weight restrictions. Then your luggage will be security checked by airport staff who will not let anything they consider dangerous through.

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While some items may be obviously dangerous, there are a few things you might not expect to be prohibited – but they are, Express reports Gov.uk explained: “There are restrictions on what items you can take in your hand luggage and hold luggage when boarding a plane in the UK.”

Flights introduced restrictions on the amount of liquids you can take in your hand luggage in 2006. The rule came into force after British police foiled a terrorist plot to detonate liquid explosives on board several flights.

Gov.uk said: “There are restrictions on the amount of liquids you can take in your hand luggage. If possible, take liquids in your hold luggage (luggage you check in).”

Among the liquids prohibited in hand luggage are certain make-up and toiletry products if they are transported in containers of more than 100 ml. Some everyday essentials that fall under the liquid ban include:

  • Cosmetics and toiletries, including creams, lotions, oils, perfumes, mascara and lip gloss
  • Sprays, including shaving foam, hairspray and deodorant sprays
  • Pasta, including toothpaste
  • Gels, including hair and shower gel
  • Solution for contact lenses

All items listed above can be carried on board as long as they are in containers of 100ml or less. Containers should be transported in a single clear, resealable plastic bag, which holds no more than one liter and measures approximately 20cm x 20cm.

The contents must fit inside the bag so that it can be sealed, and it must not be tied at the top. One bag of liquid items is allowed for each passenger and you must remove the plastic bag at security and present it to the staff.

Typically, the plastic bag is removed from the baggage and placed in a plastic bin to go through the baggage x-ray machine. Gov.uk added: “Liquids in containers larger than 100ml generally cannot pass through security even if the container is only half full. There are certain exemptions.”

The main exemptions to the liquid rule are if the item is for essential medical purposes, special dietary needs, or baby food and milk. You can also carry liquids purchased at an airport or on an airplane (such as duty free) through security if the items are sealed in a security bag when you purchase them and the receipt for the items is sealed in the security bag and visible.