What Can I Take in Hand Luggage on an Airplane?

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What Can I Take in Hand Luggage on an Airplane?
Airlines have various hand luggage restrictions. (yellow jet airliner image by Stephen Kirkby from Fotolia.com)

Various hand luggage restrictions exist when travelling by air, which determine and limit what you can take. Exact restrictions vary, depending on the specific airline you are flying with, and in which part of the world you are travelling.

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Hand luggage restrictions exist for a number of reasons, including ensuring that all passenger baggage fits safely on the plane, and preventing passengers from bringing any items on board which may cause danger to other passengers. Some restrictions have been introduced in response to terrorist threats.


Usual restrictions prohibit you from taking sharp, dangerous or flammable objects, weapons and tools. Most countries, as of December 2010, also prohibit the carrying of liquids and gels in containers of greater than 100ml.

You are free to carry a range of common items in your hand luggage, including books, magazines, electronic devices such as laptops and MP3 players, spare clothing and snacks.


Clarify the most up-to-date regulations before travelling to ensure you follow the current rules. Airlines and airports always provide clear information on current security restrictions online.

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