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A Guide to Liquids in Hand Luggage on UK Flights

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Despite it being over a decade since restrictions were placed on the amount of liquid passengers can take into aircraft cabins in their hand luggage, there is still plenty of confusion about what’s allowed and what isn’t.

Even though the limits are less strict than they were when the new rules first came into place in 2006, even the most regular of flyers can still fall foul of the restrictions.

So here’s a simple summary what you can bring with you, explaining the complex rules. It’s worth noting that they apply to all flights within the UK, whether domestic or international, on a helicopter or a 747.

Which hand luggage liquids are restricted in the UK?

It’s virtually impossible for airport security staff to tell which liquids are safe and those that might not be. With this in mind, the following list of liquids can only be taken on-board aircraft in hand luggage in strictly limited amounts:

  • Drinks – whether carbonated or still, including water
  • Sprays – this includes hairspray, spray-on deodorants and shaving foam.
  • Toiletries – including toothpaste, hair gels, liquid hand soap and shower gels
  • Make-up – including creams, perfumes, oils, lotions, lip gloss and other cosmetics
  • Contact Lens Solution – and other saline and similar solutions

How much of these restricted liquids can be taken on-board UK aircraft?

The good news is there is no outright ban so you don’t have to travel without your favourite make up or drink or hair gel. The bad news is you can only take a maximum of 100ml of any of these liquids on a flight.

What’s more, each must be placed in its own 100ml container. If you try and put your liquid into a bigger container, it is likely to be confiscated by airport security staff. This is because the size of bottles taken into aircraft cabins matters just as much as the nature of the liquid that’s inside them.

These are not the only limitations. All your 100ml containers need to be carried on board in a clear, plastic bag that’s at most 20cm x 20cm. The maximum amount of liquid you can take onto a flight is 1 litre. That’s 10 x 100ml containers.

You can only take one of these bags on board, and it must be easy to open and close. If you try and cram too many containers into your bag and can’t close it, chances are your liquids won’t be coming with you on your trip.

Yes, the rules are complicated, and airports realise that. That’s why many have the correct sized bags available at the security gates.

What are the restrictions on liquids bought in Duty Free?

Wanting to buy a bottle of single malt for a friend, or take some perfume to a relative? Don’t worry. Liquids bought in Duty Free stores – including perfumes and alcoholic beverages – are exempt from these restrictions, so can be carried on as hand luggage, even if they are in bottles bigger than 100ml. However, these items must be:

  • Sealed in an airport issue security bag
  • Unopened
  • Accompanied by a receipt from the Duty Free store

Even if you take these steps, you can still expect your items to be re-checked and possibly confiscated if you’re transferring flights and entering a country with different liquid restrictions.

Are e-cigarettes and lighters subject to the same limitations?

The short answer is yes. You can only carry one of each into the cabin. They must be in a sealed plastic bag when you go through security, and then taken out of the bag when you board.

It’s worth remembering the reasons for these restrictions. Yes, they are specific and require a little extra thought when packing your hand luggage. But the extra security they provide all air travellers makes the effort worthwhile.

How To Enjoy Luxury Travel On A Budget

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When you’re thinking about where you’d like to go on your next break, you probably often hear yourself saying “I would go there if I had the money” – a common phrase among all travellers!

It often seems a shame that, with the world at our feet, we are not able to get out there and see more of it. However, you don’t need to spend big to travel and holiday in style! The great news is that with the right tips, you will have the chance to see some of the sights that you have always dreamed of without breaking the bank. Here are the top tips for how to have a great time on a budget.

Think about house swaps

If you find yourself constantly looking on hotel websites to see which rooms are available, you may daydream about being able to afford a luxury room. A great way around this is to think about house swapping, and there are many companies such as Airbnb who specialise in this. There are a huge range of properties available, no matter whether you want a city break or would prefer to get away from it all, and if you are holidaying with friends you might discover that it is a cheaper option than paying for separate rooms.

Try to travel in off-peak seasons

If you want to go on holiday at the height of summer, then everywhere is going to be expensive – but if you aren’t governed by having to fit in with school holidays then this gives you the chance to shift your holiday times slightly to go when it’s cheaper. You would be surprised to see the difference, as it can often cost double, if not more, if you choose to travel at peak times.

Make the most of points and rewards schemes

There are lots of things that give you rewards these days, from credit cards to buying insurance, and it’s great to compare the rewards that you get from each one so that you can really choose one that suits you. Lots of credit cards offer points systems that you can then redeem against the cost of a holiday, so if you spend a lot on credit cards it really gives you the chance to pay a decent portion off it. There are also ways to exchange points for things like business lounge passes, which can be great – as it gives you a whole new experience of travelling. You’ll be chartering your own helicopter or flying to the Med first class before you know it!

Be an explorer

Every holiday destination has its day, and when each destination is at the height of its popularity you will find that it is quite expensive – and this can mean that a lot of people are priced out of where they wanted to go. However, it can be just as fun to go against the grain and go to places that aren’t so well advertised. People find many hidden treasures from doing this, and it would certainly give you plenty to tell friends and family about when you get home, as they won’t have visited before. Of course, you should always make sure that the destination you have chosen is safe to visit, and get as much information as possible.

When there are so many people who claim to be priced out of travelling it can be easy to seem disheartened, however by putting these tips into action you should find that you can have a holiday to remember. Plus, travelling without breaking the bank means that there is much less stress when it comes to settling the bill – so you will be able to enjoy your holiday all the more!

Do You Need Travel Insurance to Take a Helicopter across Britain?

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If you are travelling anywhere, it’s likely that you’ve thought about travel insurance. In the case your luggage gets damaged, your flight gets cancelled, you fall sick while or abroad or – in the worst case – die, you need some sort of insurance cover that will foot the bill. And while it might sound trivial in the worst case, you don’t want your surviving relatives left with a monstrous medical bill after you’re gone.

The face of the travel insurance market is slowly changing, however. People are now flying to far-flung corners of the world to participate in all sorts of weird and wonderful activities. Insurance cover for base jumpers, deep-sea divers, ultra-marathon runners and a host of intense activities is quite easily available, but what about insurance for a good old-fashioned helicopter ride? A quick google search reveals little, which begs the questions, do you need travel insurance to take a helicopter across Britain?

Why Would You Take a Helicopter Across Britain?

Helicopter rides are increasing in popularity across the UK. An organized flight in a helicopter affords holiday makers a unique bird’s eye view of the land, while guaranteeing you get to where you’re going quicker than any other mode of transportation. Moreover, with a helicopter’s unique ability to drop you off in places few other vehicles can, a helicopter tour across London or the UK means you have complete control over your own experience – you arrive when you want to arrive!

How Safe Are Helicopter Rides?

Insurance is a gamble. If you don’t use it, you still have to pay for it. But when you do need it, it will not only prove the smart choice – it can ensure that you’re not plagued with debt for the rest of your life should something substantial occur. And that’s what makes it a worth taking out. In the case of helicopters, however, accidents rarely happen. Helicopters have saved an unquantifiable amount more people than they’ve hurt. All major search and rescue agencies use them for a reason.

Where to Get Helicopter Insurance

Now, despite the purported safety of helicopter travel, you’d still be wise to get insured if you’re taking a helicopter across Britain.  And to make sure you’re covered we recommend you call your insurance provider.

Many companies don’t advertise helicopter insurance in their T&Cs, yet if you call they can add it to your coverage. It will normally be listed under dangerous activity or as a premium sports-travel add-on, meaning you might have to pay a small fee. Whatever this is, it will be worth it should something happen.

You should also enquire into the insurance situation of the specific tour provider you are working with. Most will have some form of liability insurance should something happen, which may cover you, too. Contact your individual tour provider to find out.

Don’t Worry

If you’re truly worried about this, however, you’re probably thinking too much. The likelihood of a helicopter crashing is incredibly small. The most dangerous part of your flight is the drive to the airport, and if you fret too much, you won’t enjoy the ride. So, get yourself informed, purchase what you need to calm your worries and hop on. We guarantee you a great experience.

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