The Most Confiscated Item From Your Airport Luggage? Probably Not What You Are Thinking

Aeroplane wing - travel piece Marmite
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Going through airport security is one of those necessary evils – usually when you’ve just realised your wash bag is in your hand luggage and not in the case you just checked in. Buh-bye £25 foundation, suncream, moisturiser, tweezers and those Reese’s Pieces you’ve forgotten were in the side pocket. The worst.

But there is one item that British travellers just can’t seen to stop attempting to smuggle through the gates – and it’s probably not what you think.

A study has revealed that Marmite is the No.1 prohibited branded food item confiscated from travellers’ hand luggage, with London City Airport naming the yeasty spread one of the most intercepted items overall.

Marmite amnesty

Why? We genuinely have no idea, but its such a problem that Marmite have apparently teamed up with London City Airport for today only to swap prohibited larger jars for travel-friendly 70g miniatures.

Melanie Burnley, Director of Customer Experience at London City Airport, said: “The Marmite swap is a temporary but popular addition which means that whether you love it or hate it, you’ll still be able to get your Marmite fix when travelling from London City Airport. For any other liquid or gel items above 100ml, it’s best to pack them safely in the hold luggage.”

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If the event is a rip-roaring success, Marmite are thinking of rolling out the initiative to other airports.

As with all hand luggage, the maximum amount of liquid per container is 100ml.

Those who are devastated by the sad loss of their holiday Marmite supply, know this too: Your jar apparently gets donated to local charity Community Food Enterprises, who distribute to things like food shelters in local communities.

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