What are London airports’ baggage rules as London City scraps 100ml limit?

The remaining London airports have the same rules in place for hand luggage (PA)
The remaining London airports have the same rules in place for hand luggage (PA)

London City Airport has revealed that it is scrapping the 100ml liquid rule for baggage, starting from the end of March just in time for the Easter holidays.

Instead, it will use computerised tomography (CT) imaging to take 3D, high-resolution images of luggage, which staff can then study from every angle to see what’s inside.

This means travellers will no longer have to remove their beverages, toiletries, and make-up items and put them in see-through plastic bags to get through security.

This makes London City Airport the first UK airport to scrap the rule and the 2D scanners used for security checks.

If you’re wondering how that compares to the luggage restrictions in place at other London airports, here is everything we know.

What are London airports’ baggage restrictions?

Now that the 100ml liquid rule for hand luggage is scrapped, London City Airport passengers will be allowed to bring up to two litres of liquids.

The high-tech scanners will be rolled out across the rest of the UK’s major airports in the coming months, with June 2024 as the proposed deadline for the overhaul to be complete.

Until then, the remaining London airports, including London Stansted, Heathrow, Gatwick and London Luton, will retain the 100ml rule, meaning passengers can only bring liquid in containers with capacity of 100ml or less in a single, transparent, sealable plastic bag. The only exceptions are for baby food and breast milk, as well as liquid medicines with a prescription or doctor’s note confirming their need.

Passengers are allowed to bring food and powders across airports unless they are flying to the United States, which limits powders like medicines, baby formula, and human ashes to 350g.

The list of banned items that passengers cannot carry in their hand luggage includes:

  • Sharp items like razor blades

  • Projectile-firing weapons including toy guns

  • Incapacitating devices such as pepper sprays and tasers

  • Tools like crowbars, drills, or saws

  • Blunt instruments such as baseball bats

  • Explosive substances

  • Dangerous goods like poisons, corrosives, safety matches, and firelighters

  • Cigarette lighters

The 100ml liquid rule, which was put in place in 2006, was due to the attempted terroristic attack at Heathrow Airport.