Strict hand luggage rules are in place on flights (Composite: Mark Hall / NationalWorld)

What can’t I take in hand luggage? Full list of items banned from carry-on bags on flights

Holidaymakers must abide by strict hand luggage rules as many items are not allowed, including razors, some toiletries and liquids

Holidaymakers will be taking advantage of the easing of Covid travel rules to take a trip abroad this summer.

Rule changes earlier this year mean travellers are no longer required to take any Covid tests before returning to the UK from abroad, and are not subject to quarantine rules on arrival - regardless of vaccination status.

The travel industry has experienced a surge in demand since Covid rules were lifted which has sparked chaos across the UK as airports struggle to cope.

Both Heathrow and Gatwick ordered airlines to cut their flight schedules after staff shortages meant they could not keep up with the renewed interest in overseas holidays.

Holidaymakers have been hit with delays and cancellations, along with lengthy queues as airports struggled with baggage handling, air traffic control and security.

Heathrow airport insists the recent chaos is beginning to ease after implementing a cap on flights which has “delivered improvements to passenger experience, with fewer last-minute flight cancellations, better aircraft punctuality and baggage delivery”.

The airport has not yet confirmed when the cap might be lifted, but said a boosting of airline ground handler operations would be a key factor.

As well as flight delays and long queues, holidaymakers should also be mindful of strict rules around hand luggage on airlines when travelling abroad this summer to avoid being caught out in airport security.

There are many items travellers are not allowed to take in their carry-on luggage on flights and those found to be in breach of the rules face having such items confiscated.

Travellers must ensure their hand luggage meets the correct size requirements, in line with the rules of the airline carrier, and cannot take any of the following items on board.

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