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Marmite and security staff | © London City Airport
Marmite and security staff | © London City Airport
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British Spread Marmite Unveiled as the Most Seized Item by Airport Security

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Food & Drink Editor
Updated: 31 July 2017
As the great holiday getaway gets underway, the ‘love it or hate it’ spread is revealed as the nation’s top airport confiscation.

We may go abroad to sample new foods and flavours, but it seems we like to take a few home comforts with us when we do.

New research from London City Airport has revealed that Marmite, the black yeasty breakfast spread, is the number one prohibited branded item confiscated from holidaymakers’ hand luggage, with around four jars a week being retrieved. Marmite, which comes in 250g jars, falls foul of the 100ml limit imposed over 10 years ago after an attempted terror attack using liquid explosives.

The jars don’t go to waste, however, as London City Airport donates the items to the Community Food Enterprise, which passes them on to other local charities working with local communities.

Melanie Burnley, director of customer experience at London City Airport, said: “With 4.5 million passengers travelling through our doors each year, we see all kinds of weird and wonderful restricted items, including Marmite.”

70g Marmite jar in a clear plastic bag | © London City Airport
70g Marmite jar in a clear plastic bag | © London City Airport

For one day only (July 31), Marmite and London City Airport are offering to swap any jar for a special 70g miniature version to ensure Brits have a taste of home to spread on their Continental breakfast. If you’re not getting away then, the special 70g jars are available for anyone to buy (RRP £1) at Co-op, Poundworld, Poundland, Poundstretcher, Boots airport stores and Caledonian Foods.

“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,” said Burnley. “For any other liquid or gel items above 100ml, it’s best to pack them safely in the hold luggage.”