Q. What can I take in my hand luggage on my flight?

Hand baggage restrictions vary by flight. Please ensure that you adhere to your airline’s guidelines which can be found on their website. Failure to comply may result in your hand baggage being transferred to the aircraft hold (in which case additional charges may apply).

If you are travelling with children, please note that restrictions may vary from the airline’s standard allowance.

Airlines must adhere to government issued regulations. If you need to carry specific items in your hand luggage, we recommend that you check with your airline to get the most up to date information and advice.

We have given a guide to hand baggage restrictions below, but please note that this is subject to change and P&O Cruises has no control of the restrictions airlines enforce:



Wherever possible you should pack liquids in your hold luggage as containers taken in hand luggage must not hold more than 100ml. Liquids include (and are not limited to) all drinks, some foods, pastes, make-up and a variety of other solutions.  


Baby Food

You are permitted to take enough baby food, baby milk and sterilised water in your hand luggage required for your trip. Specific allowances vary by airline and we recommend you check with them before you travel.

Insulin, Pen Injection Device or Needles 

Please contact our Customer Contact Centre please visit our website for contact details to inform us if you need to carry insulin, needles or a pen injection device on board the aircraft.

Please note:

  • Insulin should be carried as hand luggage and not in the aircraft hold where it may be frozen
  • Insulin and all other medicines should be identifiable, preferably in its original packing

You should carry a prescription or a supporting written statement from your doctor to avoid problems with security or customs.

Most airlines are able to provide a sharps box on board for disposal of needles, lancets, syringes or empty insulin cartridges. Should you require a sharps box, please ask the cabin crew and they will provide one for you. 

There are no conventional fridges on board the aircraft. Should you need to take medication which needs to be stored in a cool place, we would recommend you bring a cool bag with you. Airlines may be able to provide additional ice on board. 


Electronic devices

The UK government has advised that guests must ensure that any electronic devices taken on board a flight in hand luggage are fully charged before embarking the aircraft. If you are unable to demonstrate that your phone or other electronic device can be switched on, you risk having the device confiscated at the airport which could also result in you missing your flight. You are also advised to switch on your electronic devices before you reach the security check areas to cut down on potential delays.


Charter Flights

All of our charter flights restrict hand baggage to 1 piece per person. If you wish to take a laptop, this must fit inside your hand baggage and will form part of your hand baggage allowance.


Scheduled Flights

Restrictions around carrying laptops in hand baggage on scheduled flights varies by airline. Please visit your airline’s website for further information.

Suit Carriers

Suit carriers cannot be carried as hand baggage on any P&O Cruises charter flight.  Restrictions on scheduled flights vary so please check directly with your airline.


You are permitted to take a pushchair on your flight. They are classed as "free baggage" and can be taken in addition to your baggage allowance. The pushchair will be taken from you at the gate and stored in the aircraft hold. After you land, the pushchair will be either be returned with your luggage or taken out of the hold and returned to you on the tarmac.


For clarification we recommend you discuss this with check-in staff when you check-in for your flight.


Sky Cots and Bassinets

Sky cots and bassinets are unavailable on our charter flights. All infants are allocated their own seat but, for most carriers they must be sat on their parents' lap for takeoff and landing.

For scheduled flights please refer to the airline’s individual website for information on Sky Cots and Bassinets.  

You may find the following question useful:  What is the baggage allowance on my flight?


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