Love or hate airport security staff, they have been confiscating liquids for many years now and people should probably know by now not to take containers with more than 100ml of liquid on board.

Yet for so many people, Marmite is the one thing people travelling through London City Airport have decided they can’t do without.

The airport have revealed the opinion-splitting spread is the number one prohibited branded food item confiscated from travellers’ hand luggage and in the top ten overall for food items.

So tired are security from tearing travellers away from their yeasty spread that London City Airport have been handing out travel-friendly mini versions of Marmite.

Travellers have been exchanging their oversized Marmite before it gets confiscated for a 70g miniature version by the security area.

If the initiative is enough of a success, Marmite are considering rolling the initiative out nationwide to save more people the turmoil of parting with their jar of brown sticky spread.

For the confiscated jars, London City Airport donate the items to a local charity called Community Food Enterprises who distribute to smaller charities in 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.

“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.”

The top 10 most commonly confiscated items at London City Airport (Marmite being the most popular branded food item) are:

1. Snow globes

2. Jams and spreads

3. Toiletries

4. Jarred chutneys and pickles

5. Olive oils

6. Wine

7. Spirits

8. Marmite

9. Nutella chocolate spread

10. Furry handcuffs