Can I take liquids in containers over 100ml on board?
In most cases liquids, aerosols and gels in containers over 100ml and those that cannot fit inside your liquids bag must be carried in hold luggage (bags that are carried in the aircraft hold). Limited exemptions are in place for liquid medication, baby food and some duty free liquids; however, conditions apply. Further information on these limited exemptions can be found here. For most destinations, anything you buy after security control can be taken on board, including liquids over 100ml.
Some dangerous liquids can’t be carried on aircraft at all. For details see Hold luggage banned items.
What kind of plastic bag do I need for carrying liquids, aerosols and gels through security?
Your bag must be plastic, transparent, capable of being re-sealed and no bigger than 1 litre capacity. That's roughly 20cm × 20cm or 8in × 8in. You can only take one liquid bag per person, and all your liquids, aerosols and gels must fit inside with the bag completely closed. Additionally, each individual container within the bag must have a maximum capacity no greater than 100ml.
Liquid bags are available free at security. If you choose to take your own, you must ensure that it complies with the requirements above. If your bag is not of a standard shape and not marked as being 1 litre in capacity, you may be asked to put your liquids in one of our bags so we can be sure that the right amount of liquids are permitted through security.
Your liquids bag must be removed from other baggage and presented for screening separately to your other items.
What foods can I carry on board? Can I take my wedding cake?
You can take most solid foods, including wedding cake, in your hand luggage if you wish. Foods in sauces or dishes containing a lot of liquid will have to be in containers of 100ml or less, and placed inside a single transparent, resealable plastic bag of a capacity no greater than 1 litre.
Bear in mind that it's illegal to take some meat and dairy products abroad. You can find out more at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs website, or call 0845 933 5577.
Can I carry yoghurt or fruit juice through security?
You can, but these are considered liquids so the standard liquid rules apply. They must be in containers of 100ml or less, and placed inside a closed single, resealable, transparent plastic bag that has a capacity no greater than 1 litre.
There’s no 100ml limit on yoghurts or fruit juices bought in airport shops after security control.
Can I carry disposable contact lenses or contact lens solution in my hand baggage?
Yes, but the standard liquids rules apply. Each solution container or lens packet must have a capacity no greater than 100ml and must fit inside your transparent liquids bag.
Can I carry lipstick and deodorant in my hand baggage?
You can take solid cosmetics, such as standard lipsticks or stick deodorants, in your hand baggage.
Liquid, aerosol or gel cosmetics, including atomisers, creams, roll-on deodorants, sprays and gels are subject to the standard liquid rules. They must be carried in containers of 100ml or less, within a single closed transparent resealable plastic bag that has a capacity no greater than 1 litre (approximately 20cm x 20cm).
There’s no volume restriction if you pack your liquids, aerosols and gels into your checked-in luggage (to be carried in the aircraft hold).
What items are covered by the 100ml liquid restrictions?
The 100ml liquid rule applies to all liquids, aerosols and gels. This includes pastes, lotions, liquid/solid mixtures and the contents of pressurised containers, such as toothpaste, hair gel, drinks, soups, syrups, perfume, shaving foam and other items with similar consistencies.
All the above items must be in containers with a capacity of no greater than 100ml. All containers must fit inside a single closed transparent resealable plastic bag that has a capacity no greater than 1 litre.
Can I buy cosmetics, toiletries or drinks after security?
Yes. If you are on a direct flight (with no changes of aircraft along the way) you can take anything you buy after security into the aircraft and on to your destination.
If you are transferring or transiting at another airport after Heathrow, please check the regulations in force at that airport. They may restrict which items you can carry through flight connections.