Airport rule change will see some UK tourists pay five times more in June

Holidaymakers jetting abroad from UK airports could spend almost twice as much on travel essentials.
Holidaymakers jetting abroad from UK airports could spend almost twice as much on travel essentials. -Credit:Stock photo

Holidaymakers jetting abroad from UK airports could spend almost twice as much on travel essentials. London City, Teesside and Aberdeen airports are the only ones which have already installed new 3D scanners in time for the summer holidays.

This means there is no longer a 100ml liquid rule at these airports or a requirement to remove liquids during pre-flight security checks. All airports were due to have the scanners by the start of June but some have not met the deadline.

Birmingham Airport is scheduled to make the government's initial deadline. It previously told passengers to follow the current security rules until the official launch on June 1.

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Tourists leaving from airports which will not meet the June 1 deadline will spend twice as much on travel essentials compared to those flying from airports which have scrapped the 100ml rule. Looking at price history data across hundreds of personal care products, price comparison site found that travel-sized minis cost on average 218 per cent more than full-sized products per ml.

A 500ml bottle of Listerine mouthwash can be bought for just £1 online but a 95ml equivalent costs the same. This means holidaymakers restricted by the 100ml limit will pay up to five times more per ml and get less product for their pound.

When it comes to haircare, £2.25 is the average price for a small 50ml of Batiste dry shampoo - four times more expensive than the 200ml option. Without the 100ml rule, shoppers can get their hands on 150ml more for just 1p extra.

Travel-sized suncream and moisturisers are twice the price of larger quantities on average. For example, a 100ml bottle of Ultrasun SPF 30 costs £14 but for shoppers could be getting double the protection for just £5 more.

Searches for "100ml holiday essentials" have been breaking out on Google over the past 30 days. Katy Phillips, senior brand and communications manager at, has offered tips on how to reduce spending while keeping to liquid restrictions at airports.

  • Check online for deals where you can buy mini-items in bulk. Retailers often have 2-4-1s and buy-one-get-one-free discounts which can reduce the overall price.

  • Invest in reusable travel-sized containers which can be filled from full-sized bottles you already have in the house.

  • Preparation is key - do not leave it too late to purchase your holiday essentials. Set product alerts which can inform price drops.

She added: "Shopping for holiday toiletries can often end up being expensive once you’ve factored in daily hygiene, suncare and other items like bug repellents. Looking at our data, it’s clear to see that the 100ml rule creates another barrier when it comes to keeping costs down ahead of your holiday.

"Whilst it’s exciting to see the liquid restrictions being lifted in some cases, until all the airports opt-in we hope our product data and tips can support those about to purchase multiple mini’s ahead of their holiday."