Stringent security measures are in place at all UK airports.

One of the most important things you can do is make sure you fully understand all the rules on baggage – what you are allowed to carry in your hand baggage, what you should put in your checked luggage – and what you should never take on the aircraft.

Find out more information on hand baggage rules and hold (or checked) baggage rules.

As well as these guidelines, however, there are some items that you’re not allowed to take on your aircraft in either your hand baggage or your hold luggage, and these are listed below.

Things you’re never allowed to take onboard:

  • flammable liquids and solids
  • oxidisers 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
  • instruments containing magnets
  • fireworks
  • non-safety matches
  • firelighters, lighter fuel, paints, thinners
  • poisons, arsenic, cyanide, weedkiller
  • radioactive materials, acids, corrosives, alkalis, caustic soda
  • creosote, quicklime, oiled paper
  • vehicle fuel system parts which have contained fuel.