Information about your hand and hold luggage
For safety reasons, the following items cannot be taken on to an aircraft. Please do not pack them in any luggage, hand or hold.
Flammable liquids and solids.
Oxidisers such as bleaching powders.
Tear gas devices or any gas cylinders.
Infectious substances such as live virus materials.
Wet-cell car batteries.
Instruments containing mercury.
Instruments containing magnets.
Fireworks and pyrotechnics.
Fire lighters, lighter fuel, paints, thinners.
Poisons, arsenic, cyanide, weedkiller.
Radioactive materials, acids, corrosives, alkalis, caustic soda.
Creosote, quicklime, oiled paper.
Vehicle fuel system components which have contained fuel.
Ammunition, detonators, blasting caps, mines, grenades, and related equipment and any other explosives.
Smoke canisters and smoke cartridges.
Your hold luggage (items that you check-in) must be below a certain weight and size. Please check with your airline for more information.
It is an offence to carry any of the following items into the aircraft cabin:
Billiard, snooker or pool cues
Catapults and sling-shots
Gas cartridges, or gas cartridge re-fills
Hammers, nails or screw-drivers
Hypodermic syringes (unless supported by medical evidence)
Knives with blades more than 6cm
Lighter top-up fuel (passengers are allowed to carry one disposable lighter in a clear re-sealable plastic bag)
Scissors - specifically blades measuring greater than 6cm in length
Toy or replica guns (plastic or metal)
Umbrellas - unless foldable
*Artists' acrylic, oil or watercolour paint is permitted as long as the individual container contains no more than 100ml. Normal liquid bag rules then apply, as detailed below.
In partnership with AirPortr, Manchester Airport can now collect your luggage from your house and deliver it to your plane, so you can travel to and through the airport hassle-free. From just £20 we can collect your bags at a time that suits you, check them in and seal them in front of you, and then take them to your plane.
The bags will be ready for you to collect from the carousel at your destination airport after you land. This service is currently only available for those travelling on selected airlines and for postcodes within a catchment area that covers the main cities around Manchester Airport. Find out more.
Baggage that is larger or heavier than normal must be checked in separately from your hold luggage.
To avoid bags becoming jammed on the conveyor belt, please ensure that:
All loose straps are tied up or removed.
All flaps are securely fastened.
Extendable handles are retracted or secured.
Old tags and barcodes are removed.
When deciding what to pack and what to carry as hand baggage, please bear the following in mind:
Don’t wrap gifts. Security staff may wish to examine them, so may unwrap them.
Never carry anything on to an aircraft for anyone else.
For more information about hand luggage and going through security, please see our dedicated Security page