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From 07 January 2008 passengers can now take more than one piece of hand baggage. However, this depends on the airport having installed extra security measures and it also depends on the airline's policy. The best advice is to contact your airline prior to travelling as not all airports or airlines have changed their policy.

As of the 6th November 2006, passengers boarding planes in EU countries will be able to carry a very limited quantity of 'liquids' in their hand luggage. However, the containers must be no more than 100ml in capacity and contained in a single, transparent, re-sealable plastic bag (maximum bag size 1 litre).

Liquids include -

  • gels,
  • pastes,
  • lotions,
  • toothpaste,
  • hair gel,
  • soups,
  • syrups,
  • any other liquid/solid mixtures,
  • the contents of pressurised containers, for example:

shaving foam,
other aerosols.

The following liquids are also permitted through the airport security search point:

  • Prescription medicines in liquid form sufficient and essential for the flight (eg diabetic kit), as long as verified as authentic.
  • Baby milk and liquid baby food (the contents of each bottle or jar must be tasted by the accompanying passenger).

Passengers are asked to include items which could contain liquids (eg flasks, plastic containers, bottles etc.) in their hold luggage. Once through security, passengers can buy any necessary items in the departure lounge.

The dimensions of hand luggage must not exceed 56cm x 45cm x 25cm (22in x 17.7in x 9.8in approx.) including wheels, handles etc. Other bags such as handbags may be carried within the single item of cabin baggage. However check with your airline before you travel. All items carried by passengers will be screened by X-ray.

Laptops and large electrical items (such as hair dryers) must be taken out of the bag and placed into a tray to be scanned separately from the other items in the bag. Musical instruments are allowed however they will have to be screened separately. Pushchairs and walking aids must be X-ray screened. Wheelchairs are allowed on board, but must be thoroughly searched.

If passengers have any questions on their travel arrangements, or security in place at airports, they are advised to contact the airport they are using or their airline.

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