Flying with medication
Your health and peace of mind are important to us, so there’s no problem with bringing the medication you need onboard.
However, when bringing medication onto your flight we do ask that you follow the relevant guidelines below. If you'd like to ask a specific medical related question, you can contact our special assistance team.
What we recommend
To ensure a smooth journey, please take note of the following tips with regard to your medication:
- Bring sufficient medication for your flight into the cabin, plus two or three days just in case. The rest should be packed in the hold, where the temperature is maintained between four and five degrees centigrade.
- Make sure you have a letter from your medical practitioner confirming the type of medication (including the generic drug name), with prescribed doses, what the medication is for and any other medical items required, such as syringes or EpiPens.
- The medication should be in its original packaging, pharmaceutically labelled to clearly identify it as being prescribed for and belonging to you.
- Carry a repeat prescription so your medication can be replaced in event of loss, damage or having insufficient supplies.
- Some medication may contain ingredients that are illegal in some countries – it’s a good idea to check with the embassy at your destination.
Keeping your medication cold
The onboard fridge cannot be used to keep medication cold. However, if you bring a cool bag the crew will be happy to top it up with ice.
Increased security at UK airports affects the amount of liquid medication that passengers can take in hand baggage. For the latest airport security advice on carrying liquid medication, please check your airport’s website or The Department of Transport (opens in a new window). There’s also more information on liquids on our own liquid restrictions page.