Liquids, Aerosols and Gels
The UK Government has introduced enhanced security measures to limit the amount of Liquids, Aerosols and Gels (LAGs) that can be taken through a passenger screening point. This applies to passengers travelling to or from the UK.
At Glasgow Prestwick Airport, our focus is to make the security process as simple as possible while still ensuring all passengers comply with Department for Transport regulations.
The restrictions on the amount of liquids, aerosols and gel items that can be carried inside the cabin onboard flights are as per below:
You can only carry liquids, aerosols or gels in your hand luggage if each container is no more than 100ml and these containers collectively can fit comfortably into one re-sealable, transparent plastic bag, which itself must not exceed 1 litre in capacity (approximately 20cm x 20cm).
Each passenger may carry only one such bag of liquids, aerosols and gel items, and the bag must be presented separately for examination at the passenger security screening point.
20cm x 20cm transparent plastic bags for liquids, aerosols and gel items are available to purchase at the airport before security: 4 bags for £1.
Please note that any containers larger than 100ml (excluding essential medicines will not be allowed through the passenger security screening point.
If you plan to take any liquids, aerosols or gels greater than this amount with you on your journey, then they will need to be packed into your checked (hold) luggage.
Common liquid, aerosol or gel items include:
- Water and other drinks, soups, syrups, jams, stews, sauces and pastes.
- Foods in sauces or containing a high liquid content.
- Creams, lotions, cosmetics and oils.
- Contact lens solutions.
- Gels including hair and shower gels.
- Contents of pressurised containers, including
- shaving foam, other foam and deodorants.
- Pastes including toothpaste.
- Lipsticks, lip gloss or lip balm and
- Any item of similar consistency at room temperature.
Please note that liquids can be purchased after security, at retailers in the departure lounge area, as these liquids are subject to a separate screening process.
Items purchased after security
You can purchase any liquid, aerosol or gel item - including Duty Free - after security.
Direct flights (flights with no stopovers):
If you are travelling direct to your destination (meaning that your journey does not involve any intermediate stops or changing aircraft) then you can generally purchase any product after security, including liquids, aerosols and gels.
Flights with a stopover:
If you are travelling on flights with multiple stops / change of aircraft (e.g.: Prestwick - Dublin - New York), you can continue to purchase a range of duty-free and tax-free items after security - including liquids, aerosols and gels.
However should you wish to carry these items beyond your first stop, we recommend you discuss your options with your airline - as restrictions on transfer passengers with liquids, aerosols and gels for outbound flights vary from country to country.
For those travelling with babies, there are exceptions for baby products required for the duration of the flight. These include baby milk, sterilised water, baby food and wet wipes. The accompanying adult may be required to verify any liquids or liquefied food by tasting.
Essential prescription medicines (including sprays and insulin) are exempt from the liquid, aerosol & gel restrictions, but will be subject to authentication. A letter from your relevant qualified medical practitioner or a copy of the prescription will need to be presented with the medicine.
Lighters form part of the allowance for liquids, aerosols and gels. Only one lighter per person may be taken through the passenger security screening point. The lighter must be placed inside the 1 litre plastic bag.
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