• December 7, 2023

UK airport’s sneaky security rule that lets them even bin liquids under 100ml


AN AIRPORT in the UK has a very strict security rule, which could see liquids being binned even if they’re under 100ml.

To travel through most UK airports, all liquid items placed in a passenger’s hand luggage must be less than 100ml.

All liquid items placed in a passenger's hand luggage must be less than 100ml


All liquid items placed in a passenger’s hand luggage must be less than 100mlCredit: Getty
The strict rule is enforced at Manchester Airport


The strict rule is enforced at Manchester AirportCredit: Getty Images – Getty

All of the small containers must also fit into a 20cm x 20cm plastic bag before they go through the scanner at airport security.

In recent years, savvy holidaymakers have been dispensing regular-sized toiletries into smaller empty bottles.

Earlier this year, TikTok user Leah posted a video of her set of empty toiletry bottles, which she’d purchased for £1.

In the video, she said: “I found the best set of travel minis with a little funnel and spatula for £1 in Primark.”

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While the tiny bottles are small enough to stay under the 100ml rule for most UK airports, they wouldn’t meet the guidelines enforced at Manchester Airport.

This is because the refillable bottles sold at high-street chains like Primark, Poundland, and Flying Tiger don’t have a measurement printed on them.

A statement on the Manchester Airport website read: “Please note – if you wish to bring your own containers to hold 100ml or less, the container must have printed on it the measurement that the container can hold.

“Travel sets of containers that do not have measurements on them will not be allowed through security. Handwritten measurements or stickers are also not acceptable.”

While most newly purchased refillable travel sets come without any measurements on the bottles, there is a way to skirt Manchester Airport’s strict rule.

Instead of purchasing brand-new bottles from supermarkets and online retailers, holidaymakers can decant their toiletries into travel-sized miniatures.

Tiny travel toiletries like Original Sauce body wash and Aussie Shampoo and Conditioner have liquid measurements printed onto their packaging.

Those passengers who are flying from Manchester Airport will just need to rinse the travel toiletries clean before refilling them with other products.

Holidaymakers who don’t have any travel-sized products at home can purchase some at high-street chains like Boots and Superdrugs.

While this might sound like a right faff, UK holidaymakers won’t need to worry about the 100ml liquids rule for much longer.

This is because airports in the UK are ditching the ban on liquids over 100ml by 2024.

Luggage will pass through special CT scanners allowing airport security to inspect bags from a 3D image, rather than the current 2D images.

Not only will the 100ml liquid rule no longer be in place, but laptops will be able to stay in hand luggage as well.

London City Airport scrapped the 100ml rule back in April, following Teesside Airport.

Restrictions on liquids were introduced in 2006 after a thwarted terror attack using liquid explosives at Heathrow Airport.

However, Brits will still need to check the rules of the destination they are travelling to – or risk having to throw them on their return.

Even though the 100ml liquids rule has been in place for 17 years, plenty of passengers, and their items, are still being caught out.

A woman recently slammed Heathrow Airport after they claimed her lipsticks were classed as a liquid.

The traveller was left “speechless” when her three Estee Lauder lipsticks, which cost around £30 each, were classified as a liquid.

And a flight attendant has revealed a sneaky way to get around the 100ml rule.

Liquid containers going through security at Manchester Aiport must have measurements marked on the bottle


Liquid containers going through security at Manchester Aiport must have measurements marked on the bottleCredit: Getty


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