2008 News Archive - Flights - Updated passenger and cabin baggage information

03 11 2006


The UK Department for Transport (DFT), the European Union (EU) and India have adopted new security rules that will allow a restricted amount of liquids within hand baggage through security search points as long as specific restrictions can be met.

These revised restrictions will be implemented by all Airports on Monday 06 November regardless of their destination for customers departing from the EU including the UK and in addition Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, India & the Maldives.

Heightened security restrictions remain at all UK airports. All passengers will be subject to hand baggage restrictions, and are asked to be patient while these additional security measures are in place, and allow extra time for their journey and to arrive at the airport prepared for the security restrictions.

Hand baggage restrictions

Passengers are allowed to carry ONE item of hand baggage, no larger than:

• 56 centimetres tall (approximately 22 inches)

• 45 centimetres wide (approximately 17.7 inches)

• 25 centimetres deep (approximately 10 inches)

through the airport security search point. This is the maximum bag size allowed through security. Please note that other bags, such as handbags, may be carried WITHIN the single item of cabin baggage – not in addition. All items carried by passengers will be X-ray screened. Cameras, (including digital, small electrical items such as mobile phones, MP3 players and Gameboys can remain in the bag for screening. However, all laptops and large electrical items must be removed from the bag and placed in a separate tray.

New rules for taking liquids through airport security

From 6 November, the following rules will be implemented and apply to all liquids you wish to carry through an airport security checkpoint:

• All liquids must be in individual containers not greater than 100ml capacity

• All containers must be placed in one transparent re-sealable transparent bag, no larger than 20cm x 20cm (8” x 8”) in size. The containers must fit comfortably inside the bag so it can be fastened closed

• Only one bag per passenger is allowed. The bag must be clear and re-sealable, such as ‘ziplock’ bags or bags with pressable seals. Larger bags or bags that are sealable, such as fold-over sandwich bags are not allowed

• Each passenger must remove their clear plastic bag from their hand baggage and place it in on the conveyor belt for X-ray screening

• Liquids in containers of more than 100ml capacity can be packed in your checked in baggage

Further passenger information

• Pushchairs and walking aids will be X-ray screened

• Wheelchairs are permitted but will be thoroughly searched

• Exemptions to the liquids rule applies for liquid medicine or baby milk/food

• All shops and catering outlets are open to all passengers before and after security. However, items purchased before security must fit into your ONE item of hand baggage and the restrictions on liquids also apply. After the security check, passengers are able to take all items purchased in the departures lounge onboard the aircraft.

Carriage of Christmas presents

Passengers are advised not to wrap any presents that they may wish to take on board the aircraft, as these are subject to search and may be unwrapped by security staff. Passengers should pack any wrapped presents in their hold baggage.

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