If under 100ml and in a transparent re-sealable plastic bag, passengers are permitted to take liquids, gels and pastes through security separately from their hand baggage.
It is best to prepare your liquid bag – no larger than 20cm x 20cm and not exceeding one litre – before arrival at London Stansted Airport. They are however available if you forget to bring your own, though there is a limit of one liquid bag per passenger. The bag must be one litre, which is around half the size of a standard A4 piece of paper, and it must be sealable.
What is a liquid?
- Water and other drinks, soups, syrups
- Pastes, including toothpaste
- Creams, lotions and oils, including lip balm and moisturiser
- Make-up, including mascaras
- Sprays, including sun-tan lotion
- Gels, including hair and shower gels
- Contents of pressurised containers, including shaving foam, other foams and deodorants
- Liquid-solid mixtures
- Any other item of a similar consistency
Always check in any liquid over 100ml and if you’re unsure whether an item will be allowed through, please always check it in with your hold luggage.
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.
Laptops and other electrical equipment (iPads, hairdryers, straighteners, large speakers, large cameras, docking stations, irons) have to be removed from hand luggage and screened separately.
If you’re flying to the USA, please ensure that electrical devices are charged and capable of being switched on. Any passengers with specific queries about their individual flight should check with their airline for more detailed information.
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 London Stansted Airport from:
- Turkey (except flights from Antalya, Bodrum, Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen or Izmir airports)
- Egypt (except flights from Luxor, Hurghada or Marsa Alam airports)
- Saudi Arabia
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 London Stansted Airport from these countries, and not any departing from here. It will however affect passengers’ return journey, when they come back into London Stansted Airport.
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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.
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.
A passenger may take prescription medication in containers over 100ml through security, provided that they have a prescription or doctor’s note for the medication. The passenger may only carry through security the quantity of liquid medication that is required for their journey.
Passengers will be able to buy liquids including drinks and perfumes in duty free and other stores after security control, or on-board the aircraft. If they are sold in a special sealed bag, passengers must not open them before they are screened otherwise the contents may be confiscated at the security checkpoint.