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UK Considers Eliminating Liquids In Luggage By 2024


UK Considers eliminating liquids in luggage by 2024. According to the BBC, airports in the United Kingdom are mulling over whether or not they should eliminate the restrictions and rules on liquids that must be packed in luggage, as well as the requirements for laptop computers, by the year 2024.

Current Status

It is anticipated that a formal announcement will be made before the holidays.

At this time, passengers are permitted to bring a maximum of 100 milliliters worth of liquids in their carry-on bags, which is equivalent to approximately 3.381 fluid ounces.

It is expected that the improved technology will shorten the wait times at security checkpoints, which, as any traveler who has gone through a London airport in the past year is aware, have been appallingly long.

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Not only did passenger luggage accumulate to the point where it looked like a literal mountain at Heathrow Airport at one point, but Delta Air Lines also dispatched a plane to London with only a pilot and crew to retrieve passenger luggage.

UK Airports General Advice

Hand Baggage Rules

Hand baggage refers to the bags you bring through security and keep with you for the duration of your trip. Our general recommendation is to bring as little hand luggage as possible.

We also recommend that you arrive early at the airport to allow enough time for security screening. The following are the rules for hand luggage:

  • You are allowed just one piece of hand luggage (with some exceptions) and this must not exceed 56cm x 45cm x 25cm. Most airlines do also allow passengers to carry a handbag too, but please check with your airline to make sure.
  • Your hand luggage must not contain any prohibited items and these are listed below in the 'prohibited items' section.
  • You may only carry small amounts of liquids, gels, creams, and pastes. These must be in containers of 100ml or less and should be placed into one transparent, re-sealable, airtight bag (maximum size: 20cm x 20cm) which will be screened separately at security. You must make sure that all of the above items follow our guidelines in the section for 'guidance for specific items' below.

Hold Luggage Rules

Hold luggage refers to the bags that you check in and are stored in the plane's hold. We recommend that you pack everything you can into your hold baggage. You'll have less to carry through the terminal, and security will be much faster and easier.

There are several items that you are permitted to bring on board in your hold luggage but not in your hand luggage. The following items are permitted in your hold baggage but not in your hand baggage:

  • Liquids, creams, gels, and pastes in containers of over 100ml
  • Sharp items including scissors
  • Razor blades (razors that have the blade set into a plastic molding are allowed in hand baggage, but other types are not)
  • Knives with blades of any length
  • Hypodermic needles (unless required for medical reasons, for which proof will be required)
  • Tools (including multi-tools and penknives)
  • Catapults
  • Walking/hiking poles
  • Sporting bats
  • Darts
  • Billiard, snooker, or pool cues.

Prohibited Items

Some items are not permitted to be carried on board an aircraft, either as hand luggage or as hold luggage. This is not an exhaustive list, and if in doubt, please contact your airline:

  • Flammable liquids and solids
  • Oxidizers 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 - however, thermometers with mercury are permitted in hold luggage (but not hand luggage) only, if they are carried in a protective case
  • Instruments containing magnets
  • Fireworks
  • Toy/replica guns (metal or plastic)
  • Non-safety matches
  • Firelighters, lighter fuel, paints, or thinners
  • Poisons, arsenic, cyanide, or weedkiller
  • Radioactive materials, acids, corrosives, alkalis, or caustic soda
  • Creosote, quicklime, or oiled paper
  • Vehicle fuel system parts which have contained fuel
  • Party poppers

Specific Items

Air travel security is extremely important, and ensuring that passengers only bring appropriate items on board is one of our most important responsibilities. Specific information on various items is provided below to help you understand how much to bring and where to pack them.

  • baby milk and products
  • liquids, cosmetics, and toiletries
  • drinks
  • electrical items
  • food 
  • medication, medical conditions, and equipment 
  • Photographic equipment
  • sharp and prohibited items
  • smoking materials
  • writing materials
  • miscellaneous items


Medicines larger than 100ml, accompanied by a doctor's note or prescription, are permitted through security. There are no restrictions on powder or pills.

All medicines must be kept in a clear, resealable bag and subject to additional security screening.

Final Words

According to John Holland-Kaye, the CEO of the airport, the 3D scanners have been put through their paces in a trial setting at Heathrow.

We have just started the expansion of the security area in Terminal 3 which will have more CT scanners and have a deadline of mid-2024 from the [Department for Transport]. By then the normal passenger experience will be that liquids stay in bags.- John Holland-Kaye

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