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. By making just a few quick checks, we can all make sure you get through to departures quickly, safely and easily.

The full restrictions are available at:

To help us minimise security screening times, we would encourage you to pack anything not needed for your journey into any hold baggage you will be checking-in.

To avoid unnecessary delays, please ensure that you have followed the below compliance in regards to liquids, gels, pastes and creams. Please be prepared before you enter the security area.

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 (empty bottles are permitted), 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 restrictions you need to be aware of

  • 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 liquid bag through security.
  • Liquids must be placed separately to luggage in a security tray 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 up to 2 litres may be carried, however this is not inclusive of frozen milk .
  • Sterillised water (Must be in a suitable Baby drinking vessel)
  • Baby Food
  • Specialised Baby milk formulas.

Food or powders

These should be packed into hold baggage where possible as items like these can obstruct images on X-ray machines or be mistaken for suspicious items, with further checks then required as a result.

Restrictions on personal imports now apply to all travellers entering the EU. You cannot bring products of an animal origin (POAO) such as those containing meat or dairy (e.g. a ham and cheese sandwich) into the EU. There are exceptions to this rule for certain quantities of powdered infant milk, infant food, special foods, or special processed pet feed. If you are carrying prohibited items in your luggage, vehicle or on your person, you must use, consume, or dispose of them at or before the border.

Find out more on the rules and exemptions in the European Commission guidance on personal imports

You cannot bring certain plants and plant products into the EU. Find out more in the European Commission guidance on plant health biosecurity


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, this will be cross referenced against the passport holder.
  • Always carry your prescription with you, or a statement from a medical professional.

Sharp items and tools

These cannot be carried in hand luggage at all.

Large electrical items

Items such as laptops or tablets can be taken through security, but they must be removed from hand baggage and placed separately in a security tray.

Please also remove large game consoles, hairdryers and hair straighteners/curling tongs.

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.

The full restrictions are available at:


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