A number of airports in the UK offer mail delivery systems at security that allows travellers to send some of their items home instead.

Oversized liquids are a common problem with travellers being forced to throw away expensive toiletries, beauty products and even booze if they left the items in their cabin bags by mistake.

Other common items to be banned include scissors, tool sets or ornamental knives – all of which can be deemed weapons and confiscated.

However, a service called Mail&Fly allows passengers to send items over 100ml, as well as sharp objects, in the post.

Passengers simply put their items into a Mail&Fly bag, peel off the numbered ticket to keep and drop the package into the relevant box.

It costs just £6 to use, but you will need to pay extra for postage and packing, which will vary according to the destination and the weight.

If you decide you no longer want your items, you don't have to do anything.

But if you do want them back, all you have to do is log on and pay the fee and the items are then sent and received within three days.

The service can be found at London Heathrow, London City and Bristol Airport.

Luton Airport also have a similar service with Post & Fly, with the added option of being able to leave your item at the airport to collect when returning from holiday.

Gatwick Airport and Stansted Airport do not currently have a pre-security mail service.

US travellers can use a service by Airport Mailers will allow anyone to send their items home from the airport before passing through security. which was originally launched in 2003.

To use the service, travellers will need to head to an Airport Mailers booth before the security checkpoint – and these are open 24 hours day.

Items cost between £6-£24 to send, depending on whether it is being sent to the US or internationally.

The package must still abide by US postal laws so actual weapons or batteries are not allowed to be sent by post.

Travellers should always check what items are banned from hand luggage before travelling to avoid falling foul of the rules.

Passengers have been stopped at airport security for some every day items in the past, including chess pieces and a plastic shoe horn.

Sun Online Travel also previously revealed how a banned item is flagged up at the security scanner at the airport.

As a set of x-ray images show, it can be very difficult to spot contraband items.

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