Frequently asked questions
Please also refer to our page Preparing for Security
- What rules should I expect to follow when passing through security?
Aviation security regulations in the UK can be found on the CAA website.
- What is a liquid?
All gels, creams, pastes, sprays and aerosols are liquids and count as restricted items. This includes drinks, water, toiletries, perfumes, cosmetics and food items that contain high volumes of liquid, such as soups, yoghurts, spreads and preserves.
- How many liquids 100ml or under can I carry?
You can carry as many liquid items no greater than 100ml as can fit in one 20cmx20cm clear plastic bag. There’s one bag allowed per person and it must be sealed. The bags are available free of charge in our security areas.
- What are the rules if I’m travelling with children?
If you’re travelling with children you can carry milk powder, ready to drink cartons of formula, self-prepared milk, sterilised water and baby food in your hand luggage in the quantities you need for the duration of your journey.
You can also take additional hand luggage (even when travelling with a child who has no seat assigned to them), take buggies to the gate and take baby car seats through security for use on the plane.
Check baggage restrictions with your airline.
- What are the rules if I’m travelling with medicines and medical equipment?
You can carry essential medicines with you. There is no limit on the amount, but you may be asked to provide proof such as a doctor's letter or prescription. All medicines will be subject to additional security screening.
- What are the rules if I’m travelling with duty free alcohol or perfumes?
Oversized liquids purchased at duty free must be in a clear sealed, tamper proof bag with the receipt inside of the bag. If in doubt, ensure that your duty free purchases are checked-in to the hold of the aircraft.
- Can I take my knitting needles or crochet hooks through security?
Yes, you can take knitting needles or crochet hooks with you both in your hand baggage and hold luggage.
- I have a pace maker, what do I need to do?
If you have a pace maker or any other medical device that may be affected by walking through an archway metal detector, please advise our security officers prior to going through security. Make sure you have your medical card to state that you are wearing a sensitive medical device.
- I have a hip/joint replacement, what do I need to do?
If you have a hip/joint replacement or any metal implants in your body, they are likely to set off the metal detector. If this happens, you will need to be searched by one of our security guards. There is no need to bring any proof of metal implants with you but letting our security guards know may be helpful.
- Do I have to remove shoes and jewellery before going through security?
Remove shoes, metallic jewellery, belts, coats and any other removable items before walking through metal detectors. We advise that any high value items you remove are placed into your hand baggage to keep them safe and secure.
- Can I request to be searched privately?
Anyone can request a private search for either themselves or for their hand baggage if you have a valid reason, such as a condition that you may wish to be dealt with privately or if you’re carrying items that you do not wish to be searched in a public area. Ask a member of staff and we will arrange this for you. Any searches carried out in private will be witnessed by an additional security officer and you are welcome to have a travelling companion be there with you, too.
- Can I refuse to go through the security scanner?
You have the right to refuse to go through our security scanners but you will be questioned by a member of staff for security reasons. The alternative can be a body search carried out in a private search area.
- Can I exit the airport after going through security?
Once through security, there is no way to exit the airport before getting on your flight. Please note, there is no facility to smoke once through security.
- What do I do if I need special assistance through security?
If you need special assistance at the airport, please make sure you've booked it in advance through your airline or tour operator. Upon arrival at the airport, please head for the ticket desk in the entrance concourse of the terminal – this is the assistance meeting point. If you need help getting from the car park, please press the assistance button on the entrance barrier. Find out about getting extra help.