Flying With Liquids

L2F Jul 18 pic aviation inflight liquids shutterstock_730349701                                                                    Peter Giudella



They’re just innocent little bottles of stuff, right? But security concerns means they have to be treated a certain way, at least in hand luggage brought onboard. So feel free to bring liquids with you, but here’s how to do it, if you’re flying to/from certain destinations.*


Types of Liquids Affected


· Water, soft drinks, juices, and other similar drinks

· Soups

· Shampoo/conditioner/body wash

· Pastes (including toothpaste)

· Makeup including lip gloss

· Gels

· Perfume/cologne

· Creams/lotions (including sun lotion and shaving cream)

· Oils

· Sprays and aerosols

· Solid/liquid mixtures including butter, chocolate paste/cream, cheeses, yogurt


How to Bring Them 


The key is, for carry-on baggage, to limit them to 100 millilitres (3 ounces) each or less, with the total officially not to exceed one litre (just under 4 ounces), though in my experience this is often overlooked. These should be packed accessibly and in easily opened bags in case questioned at airport security.




· Milk or juices for an infant.

· Medicines such as insulin as well as dietary products; declare these before entering security, and you may well be asked to provide presripctions or other relevant documentation.

· Purchases in-airport. Obviously anything bought in duty-free or other vendors after security checkpoints are not subject to restrictions. Just keep in mind that if you’re flying another airline afterward, anything that’s not in a sealed duty-free bag will be subject to the same rules above!


*These rules apply are confirmed to apply to travel between airports in the European Union, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Morocco, Brazil, the United States, and South Africa; for other countries, you’ll need to check.