Air Travel Rules – Airport Security Rules – Air Travel Restrictions

Welcome to Air Travel Rules.

Flying has become a nightmare these days. Not only are the airports more crowded and stuffy, but the hassle of actually getting on a flight seems to get worse and worse every day. Of course this problem is very much compounded by the additional perceived security threat of flying. Air travel rules seem to get tougher every day and the rules seem to change every day.

In some airports, you can travel with whatever you want and security checks are a breeze. But in other major airports, you are nearly stripped naked before you can get to duty free!! There’s no room for vanity when it comes to passing the airport X Ray machine! Yes, you must take off your coat, remove everything from your pockets, take off your shoes (and socks) in some airports and of course separate your lap top for individual scrutiny! Air travel rules are indeed getting tougher and tougher!

Of course by the time you reach security you had better not have any bottles in your hand of any kind or you will come under additional scrutiny! At most major airports, by the time you reach the X Ray machine and security, you will have long ago suffered the indignity of showing off the entire contents of your hand luggage and being issued with a plastic sandwich bag in which to put the limited essentials which are now allowed to take on board!

According to the Department of Transport’s UK web site, you are allowed as follows:

  1. Each passenger is restricted to carrying only one item of cabin baggage through the airport search point with a maximum size of 56cm x 45cm x 25cm. Other bags, such as handbags, may be carried within the single item of cabin baggage.
  2. Where possible, put all liquid items in your hold baggage. This includes water and other drinks, creams, sprays, pastes and gels.
  3. Liquids, gels and aerosols are only allowed in individual containers of 100ml. All containers must fit comfortably in one, transparent, re-sealable bag no larger than 20cm x 20cm (eg a freezer bag).

Of course the rules differ wherever you are. For example, I recently flew out Kiev, Ukraine and the jar of my favourite Ukrainian mayonnaise which was in carry on holdall came under close scrutiny. After much debate, I was allowed through and told to keep it in my hand luggage and not open it during the flight! As if I would! No question, air travel rules vary greatly from country to country.

According to the USA TSA air travelers may now carry liquids, gels and aerosols in their carry-on bag when going through security checkpoints.

The following rules apply to all liquids, gels, and aerosols carried through security checkpoints

  1. All liquids, gels and aerosols must be in three-ounce or smaller containers. Larger containers that are half-full or toothpaste tubes rolled up are not allowed. Each container must be three ounces or smaller.
  2. All liquids, gels and aerosols must be placed in a single, quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag. Gallon size bags or bags that are not zip-top such as fold-over sandwich bags are not allowed. Each traveler can use only one, quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag.
  3. Each traveler must remove their quart-sized plastic, zip-top bag from their carry-on and place it in a bin or on the conveyor belt for X-ray screening. X-raying separately will allow TSA security officers to more easily examine the declared items.
    There are exceptions for baby formula, breast milk, and other essential liquids, gels, and aerosols, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines. For further details on air travel rules from the USA.

You will find a lot of information on our web site relating to all sorts of air travel rules, airport security rules and air travel restrictions. You will find some great articles on baggage checking, travelling with pets, children and sports equipment, air travel FAQS, in flight travel rules and much, much more.

Please be advised that whilst we have done or best to ensure the accuracy of the information provided, we can in no way he held responsible for its accuracy, due to the fact that air travel rules are under constant review and may be subject to change with little or no notice given. We strongly suggest that you consult with your airline or official government web sites to check the latest air travel rules before arriving at the airport and taking your flight.