Flight attendant’s trick gets liquids over 100ml through airport security checks

A flight attendant has claimed you can cheat the airport security system by freezing liquids to take in your carry on bag. Many of us have been stung by airport security rules which dictate liquids in carry on luggage must be under 100ml and only fill the little plastic bags they provide.

This is part of security measures to ensure no dangerous liquids are carried on board planes. But, cabin crew worker Arina Bloom has revealed that you can bring liquid items of more than 100ml onto flights in your bag if you freeze them.

This means that you won’t have to pay for water bottles on the flight and you can bring your favourite skincare in the big bottle. And, you don’t have to check your carry on bag if you’re desperate to take you liquid products on the flight.

READ MORE: Hand luggage rules explained ahead of 100ml liquids rule being scrapped

Speaking to Insider, the flight attendant said: “If you have an important liquid that's over 3 ounces [100ml], but you don't want to pay to check a bag, it's worth trying to freeze it so it goes through the security scanner as a solid. Even if it melts a little bit on the ride to the airport, it shouldn't be a problem if it's stored properly.”

It sounds a bit too good to be true though and nobody wants to lose their important items taken away from them at security. We can only imagine the airport staff’s fuming faces! So, we did some research and it turns out she might just be right…

The Transportation Security Administration website states: “Frozen liquid items are allowed through the checkpoint as long as they are frozen solid when presented for screening. If frozen liquid items are partially melted, slushy, or have any liquid at the bottom of the container, they must meet 3-1-1 liquids requirements.”

The 3-1-1 rule states: “Each passenger may carry liquids, gels and aerosols in travel-size containers that are 3.4 ounces or 100ml. Each passenger is limited to one quart-size bag of liquids, gels and aerosols.”

One quart is around a litre in size. This means that you can bring two one litre water bottles through security, but only if they are completely frozen solid.

Otherwise they must combine with your other liquids to make one litre in total. The gov.uk website makes no mention of frozen liquids for either British or EU flights however so if you try this hack it is at your own risk.

And, London City Airport states that ice packs are not allowed except where required for medication. So make sure you're willing to lose the liquid if you do try this hack. UK exemptions to the liquid rule are: baby food or baby milk, special dietary requirements or medications.

But, this hack won't need to be used for much longer as airports are set to scrap the 100ml liquids rule. Airports across the country are moving towards changing the restriction and London City Airport was the first to do so.

Brand new CT machines using x-rays will be able to take high-resolution 3D snaps of luggage. This lets security workers analyse the contents more thoroughly eliminating the need to remove bottles and tubs from suitcases.

You won’t just get to leave your liquids in your bag though – you’ll also get to bring more with you. Right now, those travelling from the UK can only bring up to one litre of liquids separated into 100ml bottles into the cabin. Now, you’ll be able to bring two litres in total.

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