Here at QVC, we're getting increasingly excited about the holiday season, especially with the recent bleak weather. However, one of our main holiday bugs (besides said bleak weather) is rebuying products after having to leave them behind at airport security control.
It appears that we're not alone, according to our own research, one in three women named losing their beauty items to the security dustbin as one of their biggest summer annoyances. It’s no wonder that it’s such an annoyance when an estimated £10,000,000 worth of liquid products will be lost this summer due to airport security restrictions!
Each year we lose a whopping 3,823,429 items to airport security, with essential products such as perfumes, sun creams and deodorants being the worst repeat offenders. Other holiday annoyances include products exploding in your luggage or forgetting key beauty items at home.
Since the liquid security restrictions came into place, 3,228,221 litres of liquid essentials have been lost to airport secruity. One of the key reasons for this is not being aware of what you can and can’t bring with you on a flight.
Nearly half of all women admit to not being certain of airport restrictions whilst over a third even claim to ‘risk’ taking products despite these security measures.
Therefore to avoid losing all your essential beauty products, below we have advice from the Department of Transport on the dos and don’ts of travelling with liquids. We also have some travel-friendly products available which you can take straight through to the departure lounge.
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Advice from the Department of Transport about travelling with liquids:
Wherever possible you should pack liquids in your hold baggage, as there are restrictions on the amount you can take in your hand luggage. Liquids include:
- all drinks, including water, soup and syrups
- cosmetics and toiletries, including creams, lotions, oils, perfumes, mascara and lipsticks
- sprays, including shaving foam, hairspray and spray deodorants
- pastes, including toothpaste
- gels, including hair and shower gel
- contact lens solution
- any other solutions and items of similar consistency
If you need certain liquids during the flight, you can take them into the cabin in limited quantities as follows:
- containers must hold no more than 100ml
- containers must be carried in a single, transparent, re-sealable plastic bag, which holds no more than a litre and measures approximately 20cm x 20cm
- contents must fit comfortably inside the bag so it can be sealed
- the bag must not be knotted or tied at the top
- each passenger can carry only one of these bags
- the bag must be presented for examination at the airport security point
- Containers larger than 100ml (excluding essential medicines) will not be allowed through the security point even if they are only part full.
You are allowed to carry essential medicines of more than 100ml in your hand baggage, but you will need:
- prior approval from the airline and departure airport
- supporting documentation from a relevant qualified medical professional (eg a letter from your doctor or prescription)
- Remember to take only what you need for your journey. Extra supplies and larger containers of medicine can go in your hold baggage.
You are allowed to take baby food, baby milk and sterilised water in your hand baggage. This includes:
- soya milk for babies
- sterilised water for the baby (must be in a baby bottle)
- formula, breast milk or cow milk specifically for babies
- baby food of various consistencies
- You are allowed to take enough for the journey. In some cases this may be over 100ml. The adult carrying the baby food or milk may be asked to verify it by tasting.
You can take into the aircraft cabin any liquids you buy after passing through security, as these items go through a separate screening process. This includes bottled water, wines and spirits and fragrances and cosmetics of any size.
We recommend that you still check with your particular airline for full details of their terms and conditions involing liquids. Happy summer holidays everyone!