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How much liquid can you take on a plane? – Bukipress

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TRAVELLING light can be difficult, especially when it comes to travelling with limited liquids in your hand luggage.

We’ve explained everything you need to know from how much you can take to what is classed as liquid.

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1. How much liquid can you take on a plane?

You are only allowed to take containers that have no more than 100ml of liquid with you in your hand luggage.

Larger containers will have to be packed in your suitcase and checked into the plane.

Liquids in your hand luggage must be in a single, transparent, resealable plastic bag, that measures 20cm by 20cm and is offered by most airports.

You are allowed one plastic bag per person, which must be easily sealed and shown to airport staff who reserve the right to confiscate any liquids that are over 100ml.

When you get to airport security, this transparent bag must be placed on the conveyor belt where it will go through baggage screening.

2. What counts as liquid?

According to the government website, the term ‘liquid’ extends to:

  • all drinks, including water
  • liquid or semi-liquid foods, for example soup, jam, honey and syrups
  • cosmetics and toiletries, including creams, lotions, oils, perfumes, mascara and lip gloss
  • sprays, including shaving foam, hairspray and spray deodorants
  • pastes, including toothpaste
  • gels, including hair and shower gel
  • contact lens solution
  • any other solutions and items of similar consistency

There are different rules if travelling with a baby
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3. Can you take baby milk onto a plane?

There are some exceptions from the 100ml restriction, for example with liquids for medical purposes, special dietary requirements or with baby food or milk.

Breast milk up to 2000ml can be transported in hand luggage, while formula milk and sterilised water can also be taken on board.

Baby food and cooling gel packs are also allowed on board.

The child must be present for any of the allowances in the cabin.

However, frozen breast milk is not permitted.


Many toiletries now come in solid bars rather than liquids, meaning you can get around the liquids rules.

We’ve also explained the rules for taking food on board – with Marmite the most confiscated item as it is called as a liquid.

The 100ml liquid rule, which was introduced following a thwarted 2006 bomb plot, could even end by 2022 thanks to new airport scanners.

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