Plane food is polarizing topic for many travelers. For some people they enjoy the little trays of meals provided that cover all the essential nutritious bases – carbohydrates, protein and fats – while for other it’s a meal to forget.
If you’re in the latter camp then there is always the option of bringing your own food and drink on the flight. However, many airlines have restrictions on what exactly you can bring along with you.
Talking about airline restrictions, it’s also worth knowing what you can and can’t bring along in your hand luggage on certain airlines. Many countries have started to ease their Covid entry restrictions as well, so now is a good time to fly if you looking for a family holiday.
Whether you’re on a long or short-haul flight from either Gatwick or Heathrow, you don’t want to end up having to throw away any refreshments because you didn’t know the rules. Below are the rules for bringing along food and drink on to flights for easyJet, TuiNorwegian and British Airways as listed on each of their sites.
You are allowed to bring food and drink (or no more than 100ml) into the cabin, although the airline does sell a range of food and drink on board. There’s a 100ml limit for liquid food, like soup or custard.
Different countries have different regulations about importing food and drink, so make sure you check the rules for your destination. You can bring hot drinks on board if you’ve bought them at the airport and they have a lid on.
You can bring alcohol bought in the airside departure lounge into the cabin, as long as it’s unopened and it must be lower than 70% abv and packed either in an airport shopping bag or in your cabin bag. You can’t drink any alcohol that has not been bought on board the aircraft and those found consuming their own alcohol may face prosecution.
The 100ml liquid limit doesn’t apply to baby food, milk or sterilized water, provided that the total amount is no more than one liter. You may be asked to taste it for security reasons.
You are allowed to bring your own food and drink (no more than 100ml) on flights, however, the airline doesn’t provide heating facilities on board – although for infants it is able to warm bottles of milk in hot water. The airline, therefore, advises bringing low-risk food on board such as pre-made sandwiches and snacks that can be eaten cold.
You can carry liquid baby foods or baby milk that’s either pre-packaged or made up at home. You can also carry foods for special dietary requirements as long as it’s essential for the flight or holiday. Food or baby milk will be screened separately by airport security, so please hand it to them.
On short-haul or mid-haul flights, hot and cold savory snacks, as well as a bar service, are available. On long-haul flights of more than seven hours, complimentary meals accompanied by a choice of wine are provided.
Baby food and milk or formula that are needed on the flight are allowed, but you may have to taste test if asked by security staff. However, perishable food or food with an odor (ie meat or herring) are not allowed on the plane.
The airline offers a selection of snacks and drinks on domestic and international flights of more than one hour. You can also pre-order a hot meal on most international flights of more than two hours and 15 minutes.
You can take solid foods like sandwiches, biscuits, fruit, nuts, etc on board but can only take drinks of no more than 100ml. Most countries have restrictions on liquids such as soups, sauces, jam or jelly, so please check with the country’s entry requirements before traveling. The 100ml still applies on board for liquid food.
If you are traveling with a baby or an infant, you are allowed to carry as much baby milk / food, powdered formula and sterilized water (must be in a baby bottle) as required for your trip, even if this exceeds the usual limit on liquids. These do not need to fit in the transparent bag but you should have them ready for inspection by airport security.
You can take up to five liters of alcoholic beverages between 24% and 70% alcohol volume in either hand baggage (if bought in the airport duty-free shop) or checked baggage. Alcoholic drinks with less than 24% alcohol volume are not quantity limited and alcoholic drinks with more than 70% alcohol volume are not permitted. Each bottle or container can contain a maximum of five liters.
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