6 JANUARY 2014
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To start the new year Business Travel News thought it prudent to remind travellers of the rules governing the carriage of items on scheduled flights.
You are allowed to take liquids in your hold luggage, but there are strict regulations in place about your hand luggage. 'Liquids' includes gels, sprays (aerosols) and pastes.
You may think that you can get around the rule by decanting big bottles into little containers, but NO: ‘containers must be carried in a single, transparent, re-sealable plastic bag, which holds no more than a litre and measures approximately 20cm x 20cm’.
When it comes to medicine the rules are more sensible. If you notify the airport (not the airline) in advance they will allow you to take an ‘essential’ bottle with you. Otherwise a 100ml rule applies.
As for ‘carry on luggage’ there are ICAO guidelines which most security agencies adhere too, but some airlines have their own rules. The 56mm size was set some years back when Airbus and Boeing standardised on the overhead bin size for narrow bodies. Bags going in top-first will fit in without going sideways. Soft bags should also apply regarding width, but often don’t. www.gov.uk/hand-luggage-restrictions
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