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 inside 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:
- Billiard, snooker or pool cues
- Builder’s tools, including hammers, nails, saws and screwdrivers
- Catapults and slingshots
- Christmas crackers
- Flammable liquids
- Gas cartridges or cylinders, including refills
- Hypodermic syringes (unless supported by medical evidence)
- Knives or blades
- Lighter top-up fuel
- Non-foldable umbrellas
- Non-safety matches
- ‘Party poppers’ or any other type of explosive device
- Razor blades
- Restraining items, including handcuffs, fishing line, restraining tape
- Sporting bats
- Toy or replica guns (plastic or metal)
This list is not exhaustive. If you have any doubts, please check with your airline before you travel.