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Hand Baggage, Liquids, Medication and Baby Food

Hand Baggage, Liquids, Medication and Baby Food

Most airlines operating from East Midlands Airport allow a single item of hand baggage plus an airport shopping bag per passenger.

We would remind all passengers that each airline has their own policy regarding the amount of hand baggage allowed on their aircraft and we strongly recommend that information regarding this is sought directly from the Airline before travel.

Laptops and large electrical items

Laptop computers and other complex items of electrical equipment must be removed from hand luggage and screened separately.

Electronics Ban – Inbound Flights

In line with the Government announcement regarding all UK airports, electronic items larger than 16 x 9.3 x 1.5 cm will not be allowed into the cabin of flights coming into East Midlands Airport from:

  • Turkey
  • Egypt

These items must go into the hold and passengers are advised to liaise with their airline on how to facilitate this.

This will only affect passengers flying into East Midlands from these countries, and not any departing from here. It will however affect passengers’ return journey, when they come back into East Midlands Airport.

For more information please click here.

Liquids and Medication

Containers larger than 100ml/100g such as drinks bottles (including water), even though it might only contain 100ml/100g, are NOT permitted.

If you need to, you can take small quantities of liquids through security. But only if they are carried in a single, clear, re-sealable plastic bag and each item is placed in a separate container no greater than 100ml/100g. A re-sealable freezer bag – approximately 20cm x 20cm or smaller - is about the right size.

To save time and expense please come prepared with your own correctly sized plastic bag; however plastic bags can be purchased in the terminal. Plastic bag vending machines are located in the check in hall before security. Two bags are available for £1, if you forget to bring your own.

Liquids include:

  • Water and other drinks, soups and syrups
  • Creams, lotions and oils
  • Perfumes
  • Sprays
  • Gels, including hair and shower gels
  • Contents of pressurised containers, including shaving foam, other foams and deodorants
  • Pastes, including toothpaste
  • Liquid-solid mixtures
  • Mascara
  • Any other item of a similar consistency
  • Liquids of any size can still be checked into the hold, so it’s best to put these in your main suitcase. You can always buy drinks or toiletries in the departure lounge if you need to, since the goods will have been security screened beforehand.

Essential medicines that you will need during your trip must be checked through security. Again, they have to be in your clear, plastic, re-sealable bag and in containers of less than 100ml/100g.

For essential medicines of more than 100ml/100g, you will require supporting documentation from a relevant qualified medical professional and prior approval from the airline. This applies to everything from cough medicine through to insulin.

Baby Milk, Food and Sterilised Water

When travelling with a baby you’re allowed to take enough baby food, baby milk and sterilised water for the journey. In some cases this will be over 100ml.

You can carry breast milk in hand luggage even if you’re not travelling with a baby. You can’t carry frozen breast milk in hand luggage.

Individual containers of breast milk must hold no more than 2,000ml. Each container will need to be screened at the security point. Airport staff might need to open the containers to screen the liquids.

Item Allowed in hand luggage Allowed in hold luggage
Breast milk Yes, in containers up to 2,000ml Yes
Frozen breast milk No Yes
Formula milk, cow’s milk Yes (baby must be present) Yes
Sterilised water for the baby Yes (baby must be present) Yes
Soya milk for babies Yes (baby must be present) Yes
Baby food Yes (baby must be present) Yes
Cooling gel packs Yes Yes

A baby is considered to be 0-36 months old.