Travelling with Alcohol

Dangerous Goods information for passengers

The following information is taken from the current edition of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air.

Current UK aviation security regulations forbid the carriage of liquids (including aerosols and gels) in hand baggage through the passenger security point in containers larger than 100ml.  Larger containers may be placed in hold baggage or purchased after the security point, provided they comply with the dangerous goods limits in the table below.

Restrictions implemented by other countries in the interests of aviation security may further limit or forbid the carriage of some of the items listed in these pages.  Additionally, airlines and security screening agencies have the right to refuse the carriage of certain items. 

Passengers must contact their airline in advance for clarification of the regulations, or when planning to travel with dangerous goods that require the airline’s approval when indicated in the table below.

Alcoholic Beverages

Carry-on Baggage

Checked (hold) Baggage

On One's Person

Airline approval required 

Alcoholic beverages, containing more than 24% but not more than 70% alcohol by volume, must be in its retail packagings.

No more than 5 L per individual receptacle; and

No more than a total net quantity of 5 L per person.

Note: Alcoholic beverages containing less than 24% alcohol by volume are not restricted.