What can’t you take in hand luggage from Heathrow Airport?


The sudden demand for flights since the lifting of all remaining pandemic travel measures has seen air travel take off in recent months. More than four million British holidaymakers are expected to fly out this summer for some sunshine, with a record number of passengers at airports compared to the same period last year.

However, with a shortage of Border Force personnel, increased traffic and new passport expiration rules, some airports are asking those departing to arrive at least 2.5 hours before your door closes.

Thus, to avoid long lines at security, travelers are advised to be very careful about what they put in their hand luggage. A few people packing prohibited items could cause big delays, so we’ve got what you can and can’t pack.

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What you can take in hand luggage

  • Laptops and large electrical appliances should be placed in a separate bin from your other personal belongings
  • Coins, keys, cell phones and other small items should be placed in your carry-on or coat
  • Hand luggage and your coat should be placed in the same tray if possible
  • Liquids under 100ml should be placed in a clear, resealable container no larger than 20cm x 20cm (8in x 8in)
  • Only one cigarette lighter is allowed and must be placed in a resealable plastic bag with your other liquids

To save time and avoid the formation of unnecessary queues, Heathrow Airport advises you to place in your hand luggage only valuables and items necessary for the flight.

What you cannot bring in hand luggage

  • Liquids in containers larger than 100ml (exceptions can be made for baby food, baby milk and liquid medicine if required for the flight)
  • Uncharged electrical devices. If they don’t light up, they may not be allowed through security
  • Sharp items, including knivesrazor blades, cutters, scissors, axes, hatchets, cleavers, ice axes, ice picks, swords, sabers and sharp or pointed martial arts equipment
  • Projectile weapons including firearms, toy guns, replicas/imitations, gun parts (except telescopic sights), air guns, pellet guns, BB guns, rockets flares, starter guns, bows or crossbows, arrows, spear guns, spearguns, slingshots and catapults
  • Amazing devices and incapacitating devices such as stun guns, Tasers, animal killers, incapacitating chemicals, gases or aerosols (e.g. Mace), pepper sprays, tear gas and animal repellent aerosols
  • Tools including crowbars, drills and bits, saws, torches, bolt guns, nail guns or any tool with a blade or handle longer than 6cm
  • Blunt instruments such as baseball/softball bats, clubs, truncheons, truncheons and martial arts equipment
  • Explosive or incendiary substances including ammunition, detonators, detonators and rockets, replica/imitation explosive devices, mines, grenades, pyrotechnics, smoke cartridges, smoke cartridges, dynamite, gunpowder or plastic explosives
  • Dangerous goods which include flammable or harmful substances such as gases, oxidants, poisons, corrosives and biological or chemical hazardous materials. Non-safety matches, lighter fluid and fire starters are also included

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