What are the hand baggage handling rules at Birmingham Airport?

Traveling abroad via Birmingham Airport soon? If you’ve heard about the new security technology that UK airports are starting to use, you might be wondering about the current liquid rules.

The government initially required all UK airports to have the new scanning technology in place from 1 June 2024, however it has announced that it has granted extensions to several major UK airports that were unable to meet the deadline to fully install the technology.

The new scanners produce more detailed images, meaning passengers can be let through airport security with containers containing up to two liters of liquid in their hand luggage.

They will also mean that laptops and tablets won’t have to be taken out of hand luggage.

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Current liquidity rules at Birmingham Airport

If you’re traveling through Birmingham Airport, it’s worth knowing the liquid rules that are currently in place.

All liquids must not exceed 100ml and be stored in “individual containers”, Birmingham Airport’s website explains.

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Liquid containers must be stored in a 20cm x 20cm clear resealable bag.

There is an allowance of one liquid bag per passenger. Liquids include:

  • Electronic cigarettes and related items


  • Water, drinks, soups and syrups

  • Creams, lotions and oils, including lipstick and petroleum jelly

  • perfumery

  • Sprays

  • Gels, including hair and shower gels

  • Contents of pressurized containers, including shaving foam, other foams and deodorants

  • Pasta, including toothpaste

  • Liquid-solid mixtures

  • Mascara

  • Any other item of similar consistency

For more information on liquids, you can visit the Birmingham Airport website.