|Knives with blades of any length||Household cutlery|
|Tweezers||Hypodermic needles (unless required for medical reasons)|
|Tools Toy/replica guns (metal or plastic)||Catapults|
|Billiard, snooker or pool cues, darts||Sporting bats|
Birmingham Airport Security
Make sure you leave plenty of time to check in before your flight - security can often take a little while to clear and you do not want to be stressing before your flight! Check with your airline if you are unsure on how long before your flight you should be at the airport.
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There are stringent rules in place for all passengers departing from UK airports. Please note that hand luggage dimensions now often vary between airlines, especially low-cost airlines. Always check with them if you are unsure about your allowances.
- The most common dimensions for hand luggage are: 55 centimetres long [approximately 21.5 inches], 40 centimetres high [approximately 16 inches], 20 centimetres deep [approximately 7.8 inches] including wheels, handles, side pocket. These dimensions vary between airlines, with some offering more space and others offering less.
- All items of luggage which do not fit in the permitted cabin baggage size must be checked in to be placed in the aircraft hold.
- Musical instruments which do not fit in the permitted cabin baggage size can sometimes be allowed, but you should check with your airline first. They will need to be screened and passengers should check if special arrangements (e.g. purchasing an extra seat) for these large instruments will be required.
- Airlines differ as to whether a laptop, handbag etc can be carried on as a second piece of hand luggage. This worth checking, especially as electronic items will often have to be removed from hand luggage to be screened separately.
- Do remove jackets and coats as these will be scanned separately, and be prepared to remove shoes and belts if asked.
- Pushchairs, walking aids and wheelchairs are permitted but will be screened.
Some liquids (e.g. gels, lotions, pastes, liquid cosmetics, foams and foodstuffs) are allowed through airport security check points. There are the following restrictions on the quantity of liquids:
- Liquids may only be carried in individual containers each of which with a capacity not greater than 100ml.
- These containers must be brought to the airport contained in a single, transparent, re-sealable plastic bag, which itself must not exceed 1 litre in capacity (approximately 20cms x 20cms). The contents of the plastic bag must fit comfortably and the bag must be sealed. You will find these bags at most airports.
- Each passenger may carry only one such bag of liquids. The bag must be presented for examination.
Liquids that cannot be placed inside the re-sealable bag must be packed into the hold luggage and checked in. Liquids of any amount can still be carried in luggage checked into the aircraft hold. If they do not fit into the small transparent bag and have not been put into your hold luggage will be confiscated.
Please note 'Liquids' include:
- All drinks, including water, soup, syrups
- Creams, lotions, oils, perfumes, mascara etc
- Sprays and pressurized containers including shaving foam and spray deodorants
- Pastes, including toothpastes
- Gels, including hair and shower gel
- Any other solutions and items of similar consistency
Essential medicines and baby food may be permitted in larger quantities above the 100ml limit, but will be subject to authentication.
Duty free / departure lounge purchases
- You may take on board liquid items of any size that are purchased after the security check in the departure lounge.
- Most duty free or similar purchases will be given to you in a special sealed bag, often called a tamper evident bag. Do not open this bag until you have reached your final destination. You should also retain your proof of purchase throughout your journey as you will be required to show it at all transfer points.
**Please note restrictions apply to duty free purchases made on return journeys where passengers change flights at an EU airport.
These are the requirements set down by the Department for Transport. Airlines and Airports may have additional measures in place. Passengers are strongly advised to check the website of their carrier or airport before travelling.
Hand Luggage - What Not To Pack
You should always check the exact hand luggage allowance with your airline prior to packing. Most airlines have a hand baggage measurement gauge at check-in.
Take only one piece of hand luggage and make sure that your hand luggage does not contain:
If items are confiscated at security control you will not be compensated and, with the exception of unusual circumstances, the confiscated items will not be returned.
Syringes that are needed for diabetics and other medical reasons will only be allowed in hand luggage if you can prove the medical necessity. You may wish to phone the airline in advance to find out what they require as proof of your medical condition.
All Luggage - What Not To Pack
In addition to the restrictions on what is allowed in hand luggage, there are a number of items that must not be taken on board an aircraft, either as hand luggage or in the hold. Please do not pack the following anywhere in your carry on or check in luggage:
|Flammable liquids and solids||Oxidisers|
|Organic peroxides||Gas cylinders|
|Infectious substances||Wet car cell batteries|
|Instruments containing magnets||Instruments containing mercury|
|Non-safety matches, fire lighters, lighter fuel||Paints, thinners|
|Poisons, arsenic, cyanide, weedkiller||Acids, corrosives, alkalis, caustic soda|
|Creosote, quicklime, oiled paper||Radioactive materials|