Travelling through Heathrow this Christmas

We’re looking forward to welcoming you and your loved ones to the airport this Christmas and working hard to make sure your trip runs as smoothly as possible. To help with this process, please be aware of the following:

 

Consider your arrival time
Allow three hours to check-in before a long-haul flight and two hours to check-in before a short-haul flight – and make sure all your travel documents are up-to-date. Please don't turn up significantly early for your flight as this can cause unnecessary congestion in the airport and you may not be able to check in your bags. You can monitor current security waiting times using the Heathrow app and on your flight detail page.

 

Remove liquids from hand luggage
You can’t take liquids with a capacity over 100ml through security. Liquids under 100ml should be removed from your hand luggage and placed in a single transparent, re-sealable plastic bag of not more than one litre capacity. Each bag must be able to close properly with all the items inside. These bags are available free-of-charge before security. Passengers are strictly limited to one bag of liquids per person.

(“Liquids” includes all drinks and syrups; creams, lotions, oils, perfumes; sprays, shaving foam, deodorants, gels and pastes; soups, jams, preserves, chutneys – and snow globes)

 

Travel tips
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  • For safety reasons, the following items cannot be taken on to an aircraft. Please do not pack them in either hand baggage or hold luggage.

    • Flammable liquids and solids
    • Oxidisers such as bleaching powders
    • Organic peroxides
    • Tear gas devices or any gas cylinders
    • Infectious substances such as live virus materials
    • Wet-cell car batteries
    • Magnetrons. Instruments containing mercury
    • Instruments containing magnets
    • Fireworks and pyrotechnics
    • Non-safety matches
    • Fire lighter, lighter fuel, paints, thinners
    • Poisons, arsenic, cyanide, weedkiller
    • Radioactive materials, acids, corrosives, alkalis, caustic soda
    • Creosote, quicklime, oiled paper
    • Vehicle fuel system components which have contained fuel
    • Explosives, ammunition, detonators and related equipment
    • Smoke canisters and smoke cartridges.

    Packing tips - please ensure that:

    • Loose straps
      Loose straps

      All loose straps are tied up or removed

    • Fasten flaps
      Fasten flaps

      All flaps are securely fastened

    • Secure handles
      Secure handles

      Extendable handles are retracted or secured

    • Remove old tags
      Remove old tags

      Old tags and barcodes are removed

    When deciding what to pack, please bear in mind:

    • Don't gift wrap
      Don't gift wrap

      Don’t wrap gifts as security staff may wish to view them

    • Utilise your carry-on
      Utilise your carry-on

      Carrying in your hand baggage can mean a little extra comfort at the end of a long-haul flight, or if hold baggage is delayed

    • Carry for yourself
      Carry for yourself

      Never carry anything on to an aircraft for anyone else