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Body Scanner

New Scanner Technology

In compliance with UK Aviation Security regulations, London Southend Airport has installed and is operating new ‘body scanner’ equipment in its passenger central search facility. This latest security screening system uses millimetre-wave technology that operates in a frequency range, which is very significantly lower than that of a mobile phone and there is no health hazard associated with the R&S QPS transmitter.

The scan, which takes a matter of seconds, will produces a generic image with no distinguishing features, but is capable of detecting any concealed items that may pose a threat. The millimeter-wave technology is completely harmless and the scanner can be used safely by anyone, irrespective of any physical or medical condition.

For passengers selected to be scanned, this is not only a more effective security process, but invariably it is quicker. You may opt out of being screened by security scanner. However, to adequately comply with security requirements in this instance, you must either be screened by an alternative method, which includes at least an enhanced hand search in private, or you will not be permitted to enter the security restricted area, or be permitted to travel on your flight. An enhanced hand search in private will take place in a private room or an area away from the main search comb. This may involve the loosening and/or removal of clothing.


Security Advice & Tips

Security and safety is London Southend Airport's main concern for all passengers, visitors and staff. By ensuring you have checked through the below we can endeavour to get you through quickly, safely and easily. 

Restrictions on Liquids

There are restrictions on liquids, gels, pastes and creams which can be taken through security either in hand luggage or on your person. These include bottled drinks, suntan lotions, fragrances, cosmetics, toiletries, etc. These restrictions apply to all passengers departing from airports within the EU wherever their destination. It is worth reading through the following as any restricted liquids will be confiscated by our security team.

  • Liquid items must be within a container marked 100ml or less - any liquids within a container marked larger than 100ml (whether full or not) will not be allowed airside
  • All containers must be carried in a single, transparent, re-sealable plastic bag, which holds no more than a litre and measures 20cm by 20cm with no depth - Each passenger is only allowed to take through one sealed bag
  • Liquids must be placed separately to luggage on the conveyor belt so that security staff are aware of their presence
  • Liquids are any gel, cream, paste, fluid or treated solid

Baby Milk/Food & Medicines Through Security

Only carry what is needed for your journey. Wet wipes and powdered baby food do not count towards the liquid content, but you may be asked to taste baby milk or baby food in liquid, gel or paste form. You may be asked to taste up to 50% of the containers. You are able to take through the following in your hand luggage:

  • Breast milk, formula milk, cow's milk
  • Sterilised water (must be in a baby bottle)
  • Soya milk for babies
  • Baby food

If you are taking essential medicine then we understand that you need to bring it through security. Our advice is:

  • Medicines cannot exceed the 100ml maximum liquid content, and must be kept in a transparent, re-sealable bag. There is no limit for powder or pills
  • If your medical needs mean you must carry more than 100ml, you will need approval from your airline and have a valid prescription in your name
  • Always carry your prescription with you, or a statement from a medical professional


  • Please ensure that you pack the entirety of your bags yourself. Never allow anyone to tamper with your luggage
  • Do not travel with any gifts or items on behalf of another person
  • Never leave luggage unattended in or around the airport grounds. This is considered a security risk and all luggage left unattended will be removed and may be destroyed
  • Do not pack any sharp or restricted items into your hand luggage. These items will be removed from your luggage

 Once through security

Once you have passed through the security process there is no way to exit prior to your flight. All passengers are advised to ensure that if they are more than an hour early for their flight that they are willing to wait until their departure time.

There is no facility to smoke once through security in the departure lounge (this also includes e-cigarettes).