Preparing for security

The latest security regulations, tips and advice

It’s our number one priority to look after the safety and security of everyone at London Southend Airport: our passengers, visitors and staff. And by making just a few quick checks we can all make sure you get through to departures quickly, safely and easily.

Taking liquids through security

There are restrictions on liquids, gels, pastes and creams which can be taken through security, either in hand luggage or in your pockets. These include things like bottled drinks, suntan lotions, fragrances, cosmetics and toiletries. The restrictions apply to everyone departing from airports in the EU, no matter where they’re flying to.

What you need to know

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

Baby food and milk

If you’re travelling with infants, please carry only what’s needed for your journey. Wet wipes and powdered baby food aren’t included in the restrictions on liquids. You may be asked to taste up to 50% of any baby milk or baby food in liquid, gel or paste form. Your hand luggage can contain:

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


We know that you might sometimes need to take medicine through security. Here’s what you need to know:

  • 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 you need to carry more than 100ml of liquid medicines in your hand luggage, you should obtain approval from your airline and bring a valid prescription in your name
  • Always carry your prescription with you, or a statement from a medical professional.

Screening by body scanner

To ensure we comply with UK Aviation Security regulations, we now operate the latest ‘body scanner’ equipment in our screening and search area.

If you are selected to be screened by scanner, there’s nothing to worry about. In fact, you’ll probably find it quicker than a traditional body search. The scan takes a matter of seconds and produces a generic image with no distinguishing features – its job is only to detect any concealed items.

This system uses harmless millimetre-wave technology with frequencies which are significantly lower than those of a mobile phone, so there’s no health risk, even if you have a physical or medical condition.

Opting out of screening by body scanner

If you wish, you can opt out of being screened by a body scanner. If you opt out, you will be screened by an alternative method, which includes at least an enhanced hand search, to ensure that we comply with security requirements. This means that our security staff will carry out an enhanced hand search in a private room or area away from the main security zone. The search may involve loosening and/or removing some of your clothing.

If you do not consent to an enhanced hand search, you will not be allowed to enter the security restricted area and you will not be permitted to travel on your flight.