Airport security

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Image: restrictions on the quantity of liquidsThe following is a guide to the security requirements for all passengers departing from UK airports and also provides some advice that will help passengers pass through the security search point as quickly as possible.

Key points to remember:

  • With effect from 7 January 2008, the one item restriction will no longer apply at certain airports.  Click here for more details. The maximum size for items of hand luggage is 56cm x 45cm x 25cm per bag. However, airlines apply their own operational policies governing the number of items of hand baggage which may be taken in to the aircraft cabin.
  • Before departing we strongly suggest you check with your airline on the cabin baggage arrangements for your particular journey.
  • Where possible, put all liquid items in your hold baggage. This includes water and other drinks, creams, sprays, pastes and gels.
  • Liquids, gels and aerosols are only allowed in individual containers of 100ml. All containers must fit comfortably in one, transparent, re-sealable bag no larger than 20cm x 20cm (eg a freezer bag).

We strongly recommend that you take time to read the guidance below before setting off for the airport.

Liquids and air travel - what are the requirements?

Including information on any exemptions, requirements for essential medicines and carrying laptops and other electrical equipment in hand luggage.

Published:
06 July 2007
Last update:
07 January 2008

Preparing for your journey

Advice to help you make your passage through the airport as efficient and comfortable as possible, as well as any implications for Duty Free.

Published:
06 July 2007
Last update:
07 January 2008

Frequently asked questions

How early should you arrive for the flight? Can you carry an inhaler through security? What to do about Duty Free... here are the answer's to the most common questions from passengers.

Published:
20 July 2007
Last update:
07 January 2008

Returning to the UK

Guide to the requirements elsewhere in the world.

Published:
06 July 2007

UK Airports where the one bag restriction will no longer apply from 7 January 2008

The Department for Transport has approved new security arrangements at a number of airports in the UK. This means that at these airports the restriction previously imposed limiting hand baggage to one item per person will no longer apply with effect from 7 January 2008.

Published:
28 December 2007
Last update:
18 February 2008

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