Passengers are permitted to carry one piece of hand baggage on board the aircraft with them, unless permitted otherwise by their airline. You should be aware that a handbag or laptop bag may be considered hand baggage by some airlines. Therefore, if you are also carrying additional baggage such as a suitcase, you may be asked to place one into the other or asked to check it in at an additional cost.

Each airline has its own policy in relation to the size of hand baggage you are permitted to take on board with you, so you should check your airline’s website or contact them directly before you travel to avoid additional charges at check-in.

You should not pack sharp items in your hand luggage; don’t carry items for other people and never leave your baggage unattended at any time.

It is an offence to carry any of the following items onto an aircraft:

  • Toy or replica guns (plastic or metal)

  • Knives or blades

  • Lighter top-up fuel

  • Razor blades

  • Scissors

  • Hypodermic syringes (unless supported by medical evidence)

  • Builder’s tools, including hammers, nails, saws and screwdrivers

  • Darts

  • Sporting bats

  • Billiard, snooker or pool cues

  • Catapults and slingshots

  • Non-foldable umbrellas

  • Acid

  • Explosives

  • Flammable liquids

  • Gas cartridges or cylinders, including refills

  • Paint

  • Mercury

  • Christmas crackers

  • Fireworks

  • Non-safety matches

  • Poisons

  • ‘Party poppers’ or any other type of explosive device

  • Restraining items, including handcuffs, fishing line, restraining tape

This list is not exhaustive. If you have any doubts, please check with your airline before you travel.