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Hand luggage

What hand luggage can I take on board?

If you're flying with Thomson Airways, hand luggage allowance is limited to one small piece per person, weighing less than 5kg (11lbs) and measuring up to 55cm x 40cm x 20cm.

Other bags such as handbags or laptop computers must be carried within the single item of cabin luggage.


Flights with other airlines

If you're flying with another airline, you'll find details of your hand luggage allowance on your e-ticket or confirmation email.

What items are not allowed in my hand luggage?

For security reasons, the following items are strictly prohibited from being carried on board as hand luggage. They will need to be packed away in your checked baggage.

  • Toy or replica guns
  • Catapults
  • Razor blades
  • Swiss Army knives, pen knives and knives with blades of any length
  • Scissors
  • Household cutlery
  • Hypodermic syringes (except for medical use)
  • Darts
  • Knitting needles
  • Sporting bats
  • Billiard, snooker or pool cues
  • Any liquids in quantities greater than 100ml:
    • All drinks, including water, soups and syrups
    • Perfumes, lotions, oils and mascara
    • Pressurised containers, including shaving foam and spray deodorant
    • Pastes, including toothpastes
    • Hair and shower gels
    • Lip gloss
    • Any other solutions and items of similar consistency

Cigarette lighters, one small lighter may now be carried through security search points, the lighter container will form part of the liquid allowance within the re-sealable plastic bag. It can either be placed inside the bag or handed separately for screening. It is very important that customers do not place the lighter into their cabin bag after screening and must be carried on their person for the duration of the flight for safety reasons. Butane cigarette lighters are now permitted to be carried on your person on flights to/from the USA/Mexico and Jamaica, however torch lighters remain prohibited. Additionally lighters and matches should not be packed in hold luggage under any circumstances.

Essential medicines and baby food may be permitted in quantities greater than 100ml on a case-by-case basis. They will subject to the following authentication:

  • Any medicines taken on board must be essential for the flight, for example diabetic kits. Passengers must bring with them a prescription or other supporting documentation from a relevant qualified medical professional.
  • Baby milk/formula and liquid baby food - you can carry liquid baby foods or baby milk that’s either pre-packaged or made up at home. You can also carry foods for special dietary requirements as long as it’s essential for the flight or holiday.

    Please give any food or baby milk to staff when you go through airport security, as it’ll be screened separately.


    Powder formula
    There are no restrictions on taking powder formula, you can carry your baby milk powder to be mixed up during your holiday as part of your luggage allowance. This may also be tested at airport security.


For more information items that may be carried by passengers please click here

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call our Customer Support team on 0203 451 2748.

What items are not allowed on board at all?

There are certain dangerous goods that may not be taken on board flights at all, whether as part of your hand luggage or checked baggage.

For safety reasons, dangerous articles such as those listed below, must not be carried in passengers'
Compressed gases - (deeply refrigerated, flammable, non-flammable and poisonous) such as butane,oxygen, liquid nitrogen, aqualung cylinders.
Corrosives such as acids, alkalis, mercury and wet cell batteries.
Explosives, munitions, fireworks and flares, (including hand guns, ammunition, and percussion caps for toy guns).
Flammable liquids and solids such as lighter fuel, matches, paints, thinners, (pocket gas-filled cigarette lighters and safety matches may be carried on the person but not in baggage).
Radioactive materials.
Oxidising materials such as bleaching powder, peroxides.
Poisons and Infectious substances such as insecticides, weed-killers and live virus materials.
Other dangerous articles such as magnetised material, offensive or irritating materials.

Many of these listed articles can be carried as air cargo provided they are packed and shipped in accordance with Dangerous Goods Regulations by an approved cargo agent.

Which items can I take with me?

Please follow the link below for a full listing of those items allowed onboard. Where this indicates that the Operators prior approval is required before bringing some items with you on the flight please call 0203 451 2688 to arrange this well in advance of your scheduled departure date.


Find out which items are allowed onboard