I have a gluten intolerance, which makes it a bit of a gamble trying to get suitable airline food, particularly on low cost airlines. Can I take my own food on board? Rachael, Surrey
People with food intolerances are often confused by the rules about bringing food into an airport and onto your flight. And it’s not just about health either. You might be saving a packet by booking a ticket on a budget airline, but those companies will often try and get their money back by selling you sandwiches and drinks on board at sky-high prices.
Waiting to buy your lunch at the airport is one way to avoid this, although prices in Britain’s airport food courts can be even higher than on your flight. And the limited choice and quality can leave a lot to be desired.
But many travellers don’t realise that you can bring your own food through airport security – it’s only liquids and gels over 100ml that are restricted. That means sandwiches, salads, pies and pasties are all fine, but no soup or custard!
Some airlines have rules about bringing food on board, although we checked the websites of the UK’s most popular low cost carriers – Ryanair, Easyjet and Jet2, and they all say it’s okay.
Ryanair won’t allow you to carry your own hot drinks for safety reasons.
Just be aware that some countries might have restrictions on what foodstuffs you can bring in, especially if flying outside the EU. Either check beforehand, or just make sure you finish all your food on board or dispose of anything that’s left before you leave the plane.