Strict security measures involve unavoidable delays during check-in procedures at all UK airports. This means that generally you should adhere to the following minimum check-in times prior to departure:
International … 3 hours European … 2 hours Domestic … 1½ hours
The following is a guide to the security requirements for all passengers departing from UK airports and also provides advice which will help passengers pass through the security search point as quickly as possible.
Security Proceadures- Passenger Requirements
Passengers may carry small quantities of liquids through airport security, but only within separate containers each of which has a capacity not greater than 100ml.
These containers must be brought to the airport within a single, transparent, re-sealable plastic bag (about the size of a small freezer bag at approximately 20cm (8”) x 20cm (8”), which itself must not exceed 1 litre in capacity. The contents of the plastic bag must fit comfortably and the bag sealed. Each passenger may carry only one such bag of liquids. The bag must be presented separately for examination at the airport security point.
Any containers larger than 100ml (excluding essential medicines, see section overleaf) will NOT be allowed through the security search point. Most liquids of any amount may still be carried in hold baggage.
ONE lighter per person may be carried through central search. Lighters form part of the allowance of liquid in the litre bag and can either be placed inside the litre bag or screened separately. It is very important that passengers do not place the lighter in their cabin bag after screening - it must be carried on the person for the duration of the flight. Lighters are NOT permitted in hold baggage.
Remember that ‘Liquids’ includes:
All drinks, including water, soup, syrups
Creams, lotions, oils, perfumes, mascara etc
Sprays and pressurized containers including shaving foam and spray deodorants
Pastes, including toothpastes
Gels, including hair and shower gel
Any other solutions and items of similar consistency
Please note that liquids (particularly soft drinks for the journey) can usually be purchased beyond airport security search points, in the departures area, as these liquids have already been subject to a separate screening process.
Essential medicines for the period of the trip may be permitted in larger quantities above the 100ml limit, but will be subject to authentication. Passengers must have obtained the prior agreement of the airline with which they are travelling and their departure airport. Passengers must also bring with them supporting documentation from a relevant qualified medical professional.
Essential Medical Equipment
Passengers are permitted to carry through airport security medical equipment essential for use during the period of their trip. Where possible the equipment should be contained within one of the two items of cabin baggage and again should be accompanied by supporting documentation from a relevant qualified medical professional.
Liquid baby food or sterilised water, sufficient for the journey, can be taken through airport security. The accompanying adult will be required to verify by tasting.
Essential Liquid Dietary Foodstuffs
Liquid dietary foodstuffs which are deemed essential can be taken through airport security and will be subject to taste verification by the passenger.
Laptops and other large electrical items (eg a large hairdryer) have to be removed from cabin baggage and screened separately.
All items of luggage larger than the permitted cabin baggage size must be checked in to be placed in the aircraft hold. The only exception is musical instruments. These are allowed as a second item of cabin baggage if they do not fit into the cabin bag. They will however need to be screened and passengers should check with their airlines (via OTS) as to whether or not there are special arrangements (eg purchasing an extra seat) for these large instruments.
Passengers are asked to bear in mind the following advice to help make their passage through the airport as efficient and comfortable as possible:
Preparing for your Journey
Before you arrive at the airport
Limit quantities of liquids to what you may need in the cabin for the duration of the flight. When possible (and where sensible) … put all liquids in hold baggage. Remember do not place lighters into hold baggage - the one lighter permitted must be carried on the person for the duration of the flight. Prepare the re-sealable bag of liquids before arriving at the airport. Check any last minute queries you have with your airport, airline or OTS before travelling to the airport. Please note that any gifts carried in the cabin bag should be unwrapped.
As you approach the security search point
Be ready to hand over your re-sealable bag of liquids for screening as you approach the security search point. It will be screened at the same time as your cabin baggage. All coats and jackets will have to be removed ready to be screened and metal items may need to be placed in plastic trays and screened separately. If you are carrying a laptop or any other large electrical item within your cabin luggage then please have it ready for separate screening. Please note that you may be asked to remove your footwear for security screening.
Duty Free/Departure Lounge Purchases
You may take on board liquid items of any size that are purchased after the security search point in the departure lounge (sometimes referred to as ‘Airside’), as these items would have undergone a separate screening process. Most duty free or similar purchases will be given to you in a special sealed bag. Do not open this bag until you have reached the final destination. You should also retain your proof of purchase receipt throughout the journey. You will be required to show it at all transfer points. Please note restrictions apply to duty free purchases made on return journeys where passengers change flights at an EU airport.