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Hand baggage

How many bags?

If your airline allows it, you may take more than one item of hand baggage through security control at Edinburgh. However, please check with your airline, as some operate additional limits

Bag size

Your airline may enforce restrictions on the size and number of cabin bags. Please contact your airline for further information.

Liquids 100ml rule

Only limited quantities of liquids may be carried through airport security into the departure lounge.

The following restrictions apply to all liquids, creams, gels, pastes and aerosols taken through security control:

  • Liquids may only be carried in containers holding 100ml or less.
  • They must be carried separately in a single bag which is:
    • Transparent and resealable
    • No larger than 20cm x 20cm (8in x 8in)
    • Able to close properly with all the items inside.
  • At the security preparation area, place the clear resealable bag in the tray with your other items.
  • Liquids in containers over 100ml will not be permitted through security - please pack them in your hold baggage instead.

The following exceptions may be made to the 100ml rule (but thorough screening will still be required):

  • Baby food or baby milk: Please carry only what you need for the flight.
  • Liquid medicines: You will be asked to provide medical proof that you need them for your journey. You can find out more about travelling with medicines here.
  • Duty Free liquids: Liquids presented in an official sealed security bag within 24 hours of purchase and with the proof of purchase clearly displayed inside.

Please note, it may be necessary to remove the liquid item from the packaging in order to screen it. Explosive or flammable liquids, and those that are considered toxic, are not permitted in either hand or hand baggage.

Bag screening

All hand baggage will be subject to X-ray screening when going through security. To ensure you are ready and can pass through security as quickly as possible please note the following:

  • Place laptops and large electrical items separately in a tray.
  • Keep coins, keys, mobile phones and other small items in your coat or hand baggage.
  • Place your hand baggage and coat into a tray.
  • Place any liquid items (important: see Liquids 100ml rule above), correctly bagged, into the tray.
  • Pushchairs, wheelchairs and walking aids will be thoroughly hand searched and will be subject to further screening.

To save time, we advise you to only place valuables and items required for the flight in your hand baggage.

Banned items

The following should not be carried in hand baggage:

Sharp items

This includes knives (with blades over 6cm), razor blades, box cutters, scissors (with blades over 6cm from fulcrim), axes, hatchets, cleavers, ice axes, ice picks, swords, sabres and sharp or pointed martial arts equipment.

Projectile-firing weapons

These include firearms, toy guns, replica/imitation guns, firearm parts (except telescopic sights), airguns, pellet guns, BB guns, flare guns, starting pistols, bows or crossbows, arrows, harpoon guns, spear guns, slingshots and catapults. If you are carrying firearms for hunting or sporting purposes please contact your airline for their specific rules and regulations on these.

Stunning devices and incapacitating devices

Including stun guns, Tasers, animal killers, incapacitating chemicals, gases or sprays (e.g. mace), pepper sprays, tear gas and animal repellent sprays.


This includes crowbars, drills and drill bits, saws, blowtorches, bolt guns, nail guns, screwdrivers or any tool with a blade or shaft over 6cm (e.g. chisels).

Blunt instruments

This includes baseball/softball bats, clubs, batons, night sticks and martial arts equipment.

Explosive or incendiary substances

This includes ammunition, blasting caps, detonators and fuses, replica/imitation explosive devices, mines, grenades, pyrotechnics, smoke canisters, smoke cartridges, dynamite, gunpowder or plastic explosives.

Dangerous goods

These include flammable or harmful substances such as gases, oxidisers, poisons, corrosives and hazardous biological or chemical material. Non-safety matches, lighter fluid and firelighters are also included. The Civil Aviation Authority guide What Can I Carry?* contains full details.

Please note that this list only refers to the carriage of items on board the aircraft. With regards to liquids, you will still be restricted to 100ml when passing through security.

A single cigarette lighter may be carried on your person.

Edinburgh Airport may additionally prevent any item considered to pose a security or safety risk from passing through to the departure lounge.

If you are in any doubt about a particular item of hand baggage, we recommend you to pack it in your hold baggage instead. Please see visit the HM Revenue & Customs website top for what can and can't be carried.

Airport shopping

For most destinations, anything you buy after security control can be taken on board the aircraft. This includes bottled drinks, fragrances and cosmetics in sizes over 100ml.

Please note the following exceptions:


Liquids in containers over 100ml may not be taken on these flights.

Connecting flights after Edinburgh

For some destinations, restrictions apply on the sale of liquids if you're stopping en route after Edinburgh. This is because you'll have to pass through security at the connecting airport.

Please ask shop staff if you're unsure. Our shopping A-Z page lists stores' phone numbers.

Returning the same day

For some destinations, if you're returning on the same day there are restrictions on the sale of liquids at Edinburgh. This is because you'll have to pass through security at your destination airport when you catch the return flight.

Please ask shop staff if you're unsure. Our shopping A-Z page lists stores' phone numbers.