Rules for taking food on planes – including BA, Ryanair, Easyjet, Tui and Jet2

It can set you back a few bob to eat on a plane, and when you opt for airline food the quality isn't always the best.

This is why clever holidaymakers are avoiding coughing up the cash for food while travelling on planes by taking their own that they've either made at home or picked up in the departure lounge.

As many airports now home popular retailers such as Boots and M&S, passengers are able to pick up a cheap-ish sandwich or meal deal and save it for their journey, Leicestershire Live reports.

And if you fancy being even more ahead of the game you could even take some snacks through security and onto the flight, as long as you don't attempt to travel with liquids.

Normally salads and sandwiches are fine to take through – you just need to make sure you eat the food or bin it before you land.

In the EU, laws mean passengers are not allowed to bring in fresh meat or dairy from the UK, according to MEN.

Airline rules for travelling with food

When it comes to the rules that are in place, some airlines are more clear with the guidelines than others. But easyJet, Ryanair, TUI and British Airways enable passengers to take food on board.

Jet2's rules are not as transparent, but seem to suggest that it's ok to take cold food with you. When it comes to baby food, the rules are different.

It's normally fine to take solid food through airport security, but you're unable to travel with liquids. All liquids carried must be in individual, clear bottles and must be of a size no bigger than 100ml.

Passengers aren't allowed to take their own alcohol on flights, even if they pick it up at the airport. All booze must be purchased from the trolley on-board the plane.


You are able to carry food on board as long as any liquids brought from home, such as soup or custard, are packaged in clear containers that carry no more than 100ml.

Non-alcoholic drinks are also allowed to be brought on board.


The travel operator says passengers should "feel free" to bring their own food and soft drinks on board, but they're not allowed to bring hot drinks.

"In the interest of safety we cannot allow passengers to board the plane with hot drinks or consume their own alcohol during the flight," Ryanair says.


The rules state neither hot drinks or hot food are permitted to be brought onto Jet2 planes. However, the rules state nothing when it comes to cold food.

Jet2's rules also say customers are prevented from bringing food on board if it is "prohibited from being carried by the applicable laws, regulations or orders of any country to be flown from, to or over". So, technically, this means they could take a sandwich off you if necessary.

Jet2 also says people aren't able to bring "items which in our reasonable opinion are unsuitable for carriage by reason of their weight, size or character or which are fragile or perishable or which may affect the safety, health or comfort of other passengers or crew, this may include hot or strong smelling foods and drinks."

In a nutshell, if you manage to get something through security, can fit it in your bag and it doesn't have a dominant smell, the odds are you'll be fine to carry your cold snacks on board.


If you're travelling with TUI, passengers are permitted to bring food on board. The company says those travelling with them are advised to bring "low-risk food such as pre-made sandwiches and snacks that can be eaten cold."

British Airways

Those travelling with British Airways are able to take solid foods such as "sandwiches, biscuits, fruit, nuts, etc." Liquids like drinks, soups, sauces, jams and jellies have to be contained in clear plastic Tupperware, and the capacity should not exceed more than 100ml.

British Airways adds: "You can buy duty-free liquids, gels or cream products of more than 100ml from airport shops or on board, provided that they have been sealed at the point of purchase in a Security Tamper Evident Bag with the receipt inside."

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