Updated Travel Security Policies


The following is a guide to the security requirements for all passengers departing from UK airports and also provides some advice that will help passengers pass through the security search point as quickly as possible.

Key points to remember:

  • Each passenger is restricted to carrying only one item of cabin baggage through the airport search point with a maximum size of 56cm x 45cm x 25cm. Other bags, such as handbags, may be carried within the single item of cabin baggage.
  • Where possible, put all liquid items in your hold baggage. This includes water and other drinks, creams, sprays, pastes and gels.
  • Liquids, gels and aerosols are only allowed in individual containers of 100ml. All containers must fit comfortably in one, transparent, re-sealable bag no larger than 20cm x 20cm (eg a freezer bag).

We strongly recommend that you take time to read it before setting off for the airport.

What are the requirements?

Including information on any exemptions, requirements for essential medicines and carrying laptops and other electrical equipment in hand luggage.


  • Published:      06 July 2007
  • Last update:   15 November 2007

Preparing for your journey

Advice to help you make your passage through the airport as efficient and comfortable as possible, as well as any implications for Duty Free.

  • Published:      06 July 2007

Frequently asked questions

How early should you arrive for the flight? Can you carry an inhaler through security? What to do about Duty Free... here are the answer's to the most common questions from passengers.

  • Published:      20 July 2007
  • Last update:   15 November 2007

Returning to the UK

Guide to the requirements elsewhere in the world.

  • Published:      06 July 2007