Here’s how much liquid you can take on a plane

David Mawuli

On my way from South Africa, after the just ended Africa’s Travel Indaba 2024 held in Durban, my bottled water was seized and dumped in the trash bin by the customs. I’ve escaped this a couple of times but I was unlucky this time around.

When it comes to liquids on flights, there are some strict rules and I think you should know this before getting on any flight, especially in Europe and the UK.

Whether you are a seasoned traveler or jetting off on your first adventure, it’s important to know the rules and restrictions regarding liquids when flying. From sun cream to makeup, there are guidelines in place to ensure a smooth travel experience.

Understanding Liquid Restrictions

When flying from UK airports, both hand luggage and hold luggage have restrictions on liquids. The government website clearly states that there are limitations on the amount of liquids allowed in your hand luggage. To avoid any issues, it is advisable to pack liquids in your hold luggage instead.

If you do choose to carry liquids in your cabin bag, containers must not exceed 100ml, although some airports have waived this rule for specific items such as medical necessities, dietary requirements, baby milk, or baby food.

Changes in Liquid Rules

Some UK airports have already eliminated the 100ml liquid rule, making it easier for passengers. The introduction of 3D scanners at airports will also streamline the security process, allowing travelers to keep liquids and laptops in their bags.

Although major airports like Heathrow, Gatwick, and Manchester have until 2024 to implement the new technology, some may face delays, possibly extending the deadline to 2025 due to technical challenges.

Airports Lifting the 100ml Rule

London City Airport has already lifted the liquid rule, with Birmingham airport expected to follow suit by June 2024. Other airports like Luton, Bristol, Gatwick, Stansted, and Manchester are working towards implementing the new scanners by early 2025.

Heathrow, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, and Newcastle are also on track to have the technology in place by 2024. This initiative aims to enhance security and efficiency at airports, benefitting both passengers and staff.

European Airports Making Changes

Several European airports have either lifted or are planning to lift the 100ml liquid rule ahead of time. Airports in Amsterdam, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona, and Palma de Mallorca are among those making changes to enhance the travel experience for passengers.

Traveling with Liquids

When packing liquids, it’s crucial to know what qualifies as a liquid, including drinks, food items, cosmetics, toiletries, and gels. To comply with regulations, all liquids should be placed in a single, transparent, resealable plastic bag not exceeding one liter.

It’s important to note that exceptions exist for baby milk, medical supplies, and duty-free purchases, as long as they are properly sealed and declared at security checkpoints.

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David Mawuli is a Ghanaian journalist and, travel and food content creator. He kicked off his career as an entertainment reporter and spent 7 years with where he cut his teeth in journalism. David has been nominated for several awards in Ghana but has won two so far. He is currently ranked the 6th top blogger in Ghana. He currently runs alone and is also the Lead Editor at
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