Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Terminal Summer Beauty!!

British women will lose over £10,000,000 worth of liquid products this summer, with beauty products topping the list, by failing to meet airport regulations. Holidaymakers still unaware of what is allowed through security controls, lose a total of 3,823,429 items every year.

New research released today by QVC, one of the world's leading television and online retailers, reveals that since liquid security restrictions have been in place in the UK, British women have lost over 3,228,332 litres of liquid essentials.

Top confiscated items include perfumes, suncreams and deodorants with one in three (30 per cent) women naming losing beauty items to the security dustbin as one of their biggest summer annoyances.

Product exploding in suitcases or forgetting a key beauty item at home also gets British women flustered on their holidays and over two thirds of women (68 per cent) leave unused product behind at the end of the holiday in order to save space in their case.

Nearly half of women (47 per cent) admit to not being certain of current airport restrictions and over a third (39 per cent) claim to 'risk' taking products through security knowing they could be thrown away.

Sue Leeson from QVC comments:
'Strict airport security measures can prove problematic sometimes but they are in place for a valid reason. We sell many dedicated travel sets at this time of year which are perfect for shorter breaks as they take up less space and weight with many suitable for transporting in your hand luggage too. If you're planning a longer getaway and want to take full size items with you, products with screw caps tend to leak less. Even if you're convinced your products are air tight, I'd still recommend packing all your beauty essentials into a separate plastic bag within your main luggage to avoid any nasty surprises when you touch down."

Holidaying costs over a third of British women (33 per cent) twice what they expect in terms of shopping, with nearly half (46 per cent) admitting to losing key products that they have to re-buy abroad or in departures.

Nearly half (45 per cent) of British women say they are unsure how to pack beauty items and three quarters (74 per cent) worry about whether they have forgotten something vital. Rather than 'don't forget your toothbrush', the top items that women worried about forgetting were suncream, deodorant and moisturiser.

Advice from the Department for Transport about travelling with liquids:
Wherever possible you should pack liquids in your hold baggage, as there are restrictions on the amount you can take in your hand baggage. Liquids include:
. all drinks, including water, soup and syrups . cosmetics and toiletries, including creams, lotions, oils, perfumes, mascara and lipsticks . sprays, including shaving foam, hairspray and spray deodorants . pastes, including toothpaste . gels, including hair and shower gel . contact lens solution . any other solutions and items of similar consistency

If you need certain liquids during the flight, you can take them into the cabin in limited quantities as follows:
. containers must hold no more than 100ml . containers must be carried in a single, transparent, re-sealable plastic bag, which holds no more than a litre and measures approximately 20cm x 20cm . contents must fit comfortably inside the bag so it can be sealed . the bag must not be knotted or tied at the top . each passenger can carry only one of these bags . the bag must be presented for examination at the airport security point . Containers larger than 100ml (excluding essential medicines) will not be allowed through the security point even if they are only part full.

You are allowed to carry essential medicines of more than 100ml in your hand baggage, but you will need:
. prior approval from the airline and departure airport . supporting documentation from a relevant qualified medical professional (eg a letter from your doctor or prescription) . Remember to take only what you need for your journey. Extra supplies and larger containers of medicine can go in your hold baggage.

About QVC:
. QVC is one of the world's leading online and TV shopping channels . To view the full range of product available from QVC, please visit or tune in to Freeview channel 16, Sky digital channel 640, Virgin TV channel 740 or Freesat channel 800.

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