Hand luggage rules can be confusing for travellers, knowing what can and can’t be packed.
The liquid rule – where everything has to be under 100ml – was introduced in 2006 meaning many travellers are familiar with it.
However some items could break the liquid rule without you realising and could result in the items being prohibited.
What liquid items are not allowed onboard a plane in hand luggage?
Gatwick Airport advise against travelling with a thermometer in hand luggage.
This is because it contains mercury which is not allowed onboard.
The airport warns: “Thermometers with mercury are permitted in hold luggage (but not hand luggage) only, if they are carried in a protective case.”
Passengers could also be caught out if travelling with writing equipment seeing as ink is a liquid. Anything over 100ml is not allowed onboard, including refills.
Gatwick Airport advised: “Ballpoint pens, rollerball pens, gel pens and pencils are allowed, as are fountain pens with a single open cartridge in use, but any refills cannot exceed 100ml.”
The liquid rule was introduced in 2006 after a terrorist plot to detonate liquid explosives was thwarted.
A number of flights at London Heathrow departing for the US and Canada were targeted, although the attack was not carried out; over 2,000 flights were cancelled in response.
Following the threat, UK passengers were not able to travel with any hand luggage excluding travel documents.
However, three months later hand luggage was reintroduced, with the exception of liquids over 100ml.
New TSA equipment could soon negate the need to restrict liquids in the near future.
Other items are banned from hand luggage, including sharp blades and knives, which can include scissors and razors.
Medicines over 100ml are also banned unless accompanied by a medical document or prescription.
As the Christmas holidays draw closer, there are also some items that could catch people out.
Snow globes are banned, as they are seen as liquids, as are party poppers, which contain small explosives.
Passengers travelling with presents should avoid wrapping them in case they need to be checked.
Published at Thu, 22 Nov 2018 19:16:00 +0000