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For security reasons, most airports apply restrictions to the carriage of liquids, aerosols & gels (LAG's) in the aircraft cabin. 

LAG's include (but are not limited to):

  • Water and other beverages
  • Soups, syrups, stews and sauces
  • Jams and honey
  • Food in sauces or containing a high liquid content
  • Creams, lotions, cosmetics and oils
  • Perfumes and sprays
  • Lipstick and mascara
  • Gels, including hair and shower gels
  • Contents of pressurized containers, including shaving foam, other types of foams and deodorants
  • Pastes, including toothpaste
  • Liquid-solid mixtures

LAG's carried for personal use in hand baggage should comply with the following:

  • All LAG's should be carried in containers of 100ml (3.4oz or 100g) or less per article. LAG's carried in containers of more than 100ml will not be accepted even if the containers are only partially filled.
  • Containers with LAG's should be placed in a transparent re-sealable plastic bag (approximately 20cm x 20cm) of a maximum capacity of 1 litre. The containers should fit comfortably within the transparent plastic bag, which should be completely closed.
  • Only one transparent plastic bag is allowed per passenger (adult, child or infant) and must be presented separately for screening.


The above rules do not apply to the following items: 

  • Baby food to be consumed during the flight 
  • LAG's required for medical purposes to be used for the journey, provided you have a prescription or attending physician's statement 
  • Special dietary requirements - reasonable amounts of foods for special diets such as lactose-intolerant or gluten-intolerant passengers, for consumption during the flight. 

Passengers may be asked to provide "proof of authenticity" of an exempted LAG, such as a prescription or a medical certificate issued in the name of the passenger. At security checkpoints, a plausibility check may also be performed whereby the passenger could be invited to sample the items to prove that they are safe.

LAGs Carried by Passengers with Connecting Flights

Passengers with onward connections or travelling on multi-sector flights and having to disembark at intermediate airports and re-enter security checkpoints (for example on route London - Mauritius - Perth where passenger destined for Perth needs to transit in Mauritius and disembark/re-embark at Mauritius airport), must comply with the restrictions on LAGs. We therefore recommend that duty-free items are purchased at the last airport of departure or onboard the last sector of the trip. In the event of non-compliance with restrictions, the concerned authorities can seize the LAGs.