TUI, Easyjet, Ryanair, Jet2 and British Airways regulate food take-away on board flights

Are you allowed to bring food and drinks on flights? We take a look at the rules for Brits going on holiday with TUI, easyJet, Ryanair, British Airways and more airlines

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Airlines have different rules about whether you can bring food on flights

Airplane food isn’t exactly known for being tasty, and buying food on board isn’t always budget-friendly; Therefore, it is not surprising that passengers often want to bring their own food and drinks when going on vacation.

The good news is that many of the major airlines including TUI, easyJet, Ryanair, Jet2, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic allow you to bring your own food and drink on board, but there are some rules.

For example, some airlines won’t let you on board with hot food and drinks, so you’ll have to consume them at the airport if you buy them in the air.

As for alcohol, you cannot consume your own liquor on flights, even if you bought it from duty free. If you would like an alcoholic drink, you must purchase it from the trolley during the flight.

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It’s also worth checking the rules of your destination. Some countries have bans on certain foods, meaning you could face trouble or even a fine at the airport upon landing if your snacks contain these ingredients.

For example, EU rules on meat and dairy don’t allow you to bring popular snacks to Spain, while some destinations have bans on fresh fruit and vegetables to protect their ecosystems.

Oh, and of course, before you even get on your flight, your liquids must meet the 100ml rule at airport security (although there are some simple tricks to get around this).

We take a look at some of the key airline rules regarding food and drink below…


TUI passengers are allowing passengers to bring their own food on flights, although they warn the crew “cannot provide heating facilities on board”. There is one exception; warm baby milk bottles that they can heat in hot water.

The airline advises passengers to bring “low-risk foods such as pre-made sandwiches and snacks that can be eaten cold.”


You can bring food on board. All liquids such as soup or pudding must be kept in clear containers of no more than 100ml. Non-alcoholic beverages, including hot beverages, can be brought on board if purchased in the departure lounge.


Ryanair says passengers can “feel free” to bring food and soft drinks on flights


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Ryanair’s website says passengers “feel free” to bring their own food and soft drinks on board.

However, if you purchase a pre-flight coffee, you must finish it before boarding the plane.

“For safety reasons, we cannot allow passengers to board the aircraft with hot beverages or consume their own alcohol during the flight,” Ryanair said. Of course you can buy a tea or coffee during the flight if you need a caffeine boost.


Jet2 passengers are not allowed to bring hot drinks or hot food onto Jet2 aircraft. (You can buy hot drinks/food on board).

Cold foods such as sandwiches are not prohibited, but Jet2’s rules state that customers are not permitted to bring in food if “it is prohibited by the applicable law, regulation or order of a country to be flown from, to.” or about”.

For example, meat and dairy products cannot be brought on board flights to the EU, so you could technically be banned from bringing a sandwich. In reality, you can usually have your food for as long as you consumed it before landing.

However, leave the tuna sarnie at home. Jet2 has stated that passengers are not permitted to bring “any item which, in our reasonable opinion, because of its weight, size or character, is unsuitable for carriage, or which is fragile or perishable, or which may adversely affect the safety, health or comfort of other passengers or crew, this may include hot or strong smelling food and drink”.

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British Airways

Passengers can bring solid foods such as sandwiches, cookies, fruit, nuts and more on flights.

Liquids such as drinks, jams, jellies and sauces must be kept in clear containers and within the 100ml limit.

On its website, the airline adds: “You may purchase duty-free liquid, gel or cream products larger than 100ml in airport shops or on board provided they were sealed in a Tamper Evident security bag at the time of purchase with the receipt inside.”

Virgin Atlantic

You can take cold food and snacks such as sandwiches or biscuits with you on a Virgin flight. The airline operates mostly long-haul flights, so a meal is usually included with your ticket, which includes hot food and drinks.

It’s worth noting that some destinations have specific requirements as to what groceries you can or can’t bring upon landing – for example, you can’t bring fresh fruit into Orlando, so if you have fruit, you must consume it before landing. TUI, Easyjet, Ryanair, Jet2 and British Airways regulate food take-away on board flights

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