Items that are sometimes allowed in your hand baggage, with permission
If you are considering taking any of these items with you, you may need permission. Please read the rules carefully before considering taking them with you.
Scissors with blunt or round-ended blades (metal or plastic) less than 6cms in length, or scissors with metal blades and pointed tips under 3cm are permitted.
US airports will allow metal scissors with pointed tips and a cutting edge four inches or less (measured from the pivot), metal scissors with blunt tips, plastic scissors and ostomy scissors.
Safety matches are permitted in limited quantities on most of our flights, but not if you are flying to or from the Caribbean.
Hypodermic syringes are permitted in the cabin if you have a medical condition that requires you to inject during the flight. If this is the case please ensure you can produce medical evidence such as a doctor’s letter when you check in, and at security screening. You should keep this with you at all times. Please also ensure that your medication is labelled with the name of the medication and the person it is prescribed to. Find out more about travelling with a medical condition.
Tools such as hammers
US airports will allow screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers and other tools (but not crowbars, drills, hammers or saws), as long as they are seven inches or less in length.
Please note that regardless of these exceptions, security personnel are entitled to confiscate any item that may, in their reasonable opinion, be used or adapted to cause injury or incapacitation.
If you're not sure if you can bring your items in your hand baggage, please call us on +44 (0)208 897 5261. We'll be happy to advise you.