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  • JDB 4,629 posts

    I am aware (hence why I didn’t kick up a fuss) but usually there is leeway for babies/toddlers in most airports (and we have previously benefited from that, including at the same airport). It’s these illogical distinctions that make the rule ridiculous.

    There is possibly less leeway nowadays as so many security staff are new post covid and are wary of allowing technical breaches given the number of test items put through that they are expected to pick up.

    davefl 1,411 posts

    The sooner this is implemented the better. Just last month we had to tip out 100ml of juice just because it was in a container that *could* hold 150ml. There was an indicator showing that it was bang on 100ml but security bods must have been bored at LGW and chose to fuss about juice in a sippy cup.

    Fair play to them.

    Because the current rule is containers of up to 100ml not 100ml of contents in a larger container

    Yes and it’s ludicrous. I had to go out and check my carryon for 25ml of contact lens solution in a bottle that was labelled 120ml. (previously the manufacturer had been labelling them as 90ml. Bottle size hadn’t changed they’d just put a little more in and upped the price. )

    But it’s fine for me to bring an empty 1L bottle for water as long as it’s empty.

    And it’s fine to bring as many empty containers as you like, meet up with compatriots in the toilets and decant all your 100ml bottltes into bigger ones before you board.

    The world is insane. The fasters Smiths can roll out these new scanners the better, although I’m sure there will be more stupid rules along shortly.

    Lady London 2,139 posts

    Prescription medication is exempt from the liquids and bag rules. It was one item, it wasn’t as though the I’d stuffed the rest of the bag with extra toiletries. But they were making a fuss about the size as the bottle is a large pump dispenser and looks as though it contains a lot more than the 75ml that it actually does (and clearly states on the bottle!)

    Yes there is some obscure rule about doesn’t matter how full or not full the container is, it shouldn’t have a capacity greater than the allowed 100ml per container. Of which you are allowed to fit up to 10 in a ziplock bag.

    I save the small bottles from beauty product samples I receive as they are often the perfect size.

    NorthernLass 8,237 posts

    Me too – and you can also buy all kinds of mini bottles very cheaply on Amazon which are handy if you want to decant liquids which need to be sprayed like perfume or hair styling stuff. The dispenser for my meds is very chunky (not to mention a complete waste of plastic) – it is actually 75 ml but gives the impression of being bigger due to all that excess plastic!

    Apparently the 100 ml rule has been obsolete for ages but nobody was prepared to take the risk of changing it in case they were subsequently blamed for a future security incident.

    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,151 posts

    Got to be careful with small bottles that then let you down by leaking. I have my list of known reliables that don’t leak – usually as LL says, sample bottles I’ve washed out for re-use. An empty TreSemme 100ml shampoo bottle has come in very handy for taking home high quality hotel shower gels from the large dispensers now found in most places.

    Lady London 2,139 posts

    Got to be careful with small bottles that then let you down by leaking. I have my list of known reliables that don’t leak – usually as LL says, sample bottles I’ve washed out for re-use. An empty TreSemme 100ml shampoo bottle has come in very handy for taking home high quality hotel shower gels from the large dispensers now found in most places.

    Best tip I’ve found is always squeeze a plastic bottle a bit and hold it squeezed while you screw on the top. This creates a vacuum and reduces the chance of leaks mightily.

    NorthernLass 8,237 posts

    @BWS lol!! I’m partial to a cute mini but I’m never convinced that hotels do actually refill the big bottles with expensive stuff!

    Boots and Asda usually have 3 for 2 offers on travel sized things which refill well, like Head & Shoulders, mouth wash and that Aussie deep conditioning stuff.

    What’s also really useful is all the tiny toothpastes from J and F amenity kits.

    What continues to confound me is milk. Never enough of it provided by hotels for a brew. I don’t mind powdered but don’t have room for a tin of Marvel in my hand luggage and emptying some into a generic container would probably get MAN security staff overexcited. Someone needs to invent “travel milk”!

    redlilly 117 posts

    @BWS lol!! I’m partial to a cute mini but I’m never convinced that hotels do actually refill the big bottles with expensive stuff!

    Boots and Asda usually have 3 for 2 offers on travel sized things which refill well, like Head & Shoulders, mouth wash and that Aussie deep conditioning stuff.

    What’s also really useful is all the tiny toothpastes from J and F amenity kits.

    What continues to confound me is milk. Never enough of it provided by hotels for a brew. I don’t mind powdered but don’t have room for a tin of Marvel in my hand luggage and emptying some into a generic container would probably get MAN security staff overexcited. Someone needs to invent “travel milk”!

    Lols. Concur on travel milk. In Aussie hotels I noticed most of them had a carton of milk in the mini fridge. Reminded me of being back in infant school… being there during the Major years, but hadn’t quite had my milk snatched by that point!

    I did read recently that the EU has/or plans to outlaw hoteliers having mini bottles of shampoo etc in rooms. Makes complete sense, but only if the same product is replaced in the big bottles, as you say! The shower rooms at the HIIT class I go to in London definitely don’t have the same like for like products in the big bottles, despite the big price tag for the classes. A tad annoying.

    davefl 1,411 posts

    @BWS lol!! I’m partial to a cute mini but I’m never convinced that hotels do actually refill the big bottles with expensive stuff!

    Boots and Asda usually have 3 for 2 offers on travel sized things which refill well, like Head & Shoulders, mouth wash and that Aussie deep conditioning stuff.

    What’s also really useful is all the tiny toothpastes from J and F amenity kits.

    What continues to confound me is milk. Never enough of it provided by hotels for a brew. I don’t mind powdered but don’t have room for a tin of Marvel in my hand luggage and emptying some into a generic container would probably get MAN security staff overexcited. Someone needs to invent “travel milk”!

    They do, search for Milk Stick. You can cram quite a few of those in your ziplock. 10ml each. Available online or most supermarkets.

    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,151 posts

    @BWS lol!! I’m partial to a cute mini but I’m never convinced that hotels do actually refill the big bottles with expensive stuff!

    Boots and Asda usually have 3 for 2 offers on travel sized things which refill well, like Head & Shoulders, mouth wash and that Aussie deep conditioning stuff.

    What’s also really useful is all the tiny toothpastes from J and F amenity kits.

    What continues to confound me is milk. Never enough of it provided by hotels for a brew. I don’t mind powdered but don’t have room for a tin of Marvel in my hand luggage and emptying some into a generic container would probably get MAN security staff overexcited. Someone needs to invent “travel milk”!

    They do, search for Milk Stick. You can cram quite a few of those in your ziplock. 10ml each. Available online or most supermarkets.

    Yes exactly, Milk in a stick by Lakeland Dairies. I don’t even declare them in my ziploc bag; just put them in a pocket of my backpack and never been stopped. Usually I just take 2 for the first day/night and then buy a small milk locally for the room fridge. The other problem, very common in Europe, is to be provided only with teeny Nespresso cups. No good for a satisfying mug of tea. I either take my own insulated metal Costa one or buy a white Starbucks reusable one at destination for £2ish. And obvs being a serial over-packer I bring a squeezy mini bottle of Fairy liquid and designate one of the hotel face cloths for dishwashing duty. I also take my own elasticated washing line and sink stopper for longer holidays when washing my smalls in the hotel bathroom sink requires said sink to not drain out on me.

    Aston100 1,450 posts

    I either take my own insulated metal Costa one or buy a white Starbucks reusable one at destination for £2ish. And obvs being a serial over-packer I bring a squeezy mini bottle of Fairy liquid and designate one of the hotel face cloths for dishwashing duty. I also take my own elasticated washing line and sink stopper for longer holidays when washing my smalls in the hotel bathroom sink requires said sink to not drain out on me.

    This comment right here, officer Burgess.
    I demand BWS be banished immediately.

    redlilly 117 posts

    @BWS lol!! I’m partial to a cute mini but I’m never convinced that hotels do actually refill the big bottles with expensive stuff!

    Boots and Asda usually have 3 for 2 offers on travel sized things which refill well, like Head & Shoulders, mouth wash and that Aussie deep conditioning stuff.

    What’s also really useful is all the tiny toothpastes from J and F amenity kits.

    What continues to confound me is milk. Never enough of it provided by hotels for a brew. I don’t mind powdered but don’t have room for a tin of Marvel in my hand luggage and emptying some into a generic container would probably get MAN security staff overexcited. Someone needs to invent “travel milk”!

    They do, search for Milk Stick. You can cram quite a few of those in your ziplock. 10ml each. Available online or most supermarkets.

    Yes exactly, Milk in a stick by Lakeland Dairies. I don’t even declare them in my ziploc bag; just put them in a pocket of my backpack and never been stopped. Usually I just take 2 for the first day/night and then buy a small milk locally for the room fridge. The other problem, very common in Europe, is to be provided only with teeny Nespresso cups. No good for a satisfying mug of tea. I either take my own insulated metal Costa one or buy a white Starbucks reusable one at destination for £2ish. And obvs being a serial over-packer I bring a squeezy mini bottle of Fairy liquid and designate one of the hotel face cloths for dishwashing duty. I also take my own elasticated washing line and sink stopper for longer holidays when washing my smalls in the hotel bathroom sink requires said sink to not drain out on me.

    I am on definitely on team bring keep cup. Has come in very handy, on a number of occassions… most recently with clandestine outdoor drinking in Australia to cheers in the New Year. Coffee also sometimes tastes better than some takeaway cups.

    Admire the elasticated washing line!!

    TGLoyalty 647 posts

    All U.K. airports must have the new scanners operational in 2024 and I believe ease the liquid and electronic rules by June that year.

    JDB 4,629 posts

    All U.K. airports must have the new scanners operational in 2024 and I believe ease the liquid and electronic rules by June that year.

    I wonder if that can be met since the regulator hasn’t yet signed off the expenditure for LHR which probably needs more than 100 machines to be installed, plus some fairly major building work, plus training etc. It seems that some airports have experienced lower reliability with the new scanners.

    TGLoyalty 647 posts

    LHR already has quite a few in operation and I remember reading a news article where an LHR exec mentioned the building work to change T3 was already signed off.

    JDB 4,629 posts

    LHR already has quite a few in operation and I remember reading a news article where an LHR exec mentioned the building work to change T3 was already signed off.

    The plans are of course in place, but the very heavily delayed final H7 settlement which includes capex for the new security machines as well as the new T2 baggage system has not been published; now maybe expected this month. The do have “quite a few” in operation, but that’s about 5% of the total that will be required.

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