Airport Baggage Restrictions

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There are still security controls at airports across the country. If you're heading to the Airport, allow extra time for your journey and check in as soon as possible as long queues are likely.   

Current Hand Baggage Restrictions

All passengers will be subject to hand baggage restrictions.

Passengers are allowed to carry ONE item of hand baggage through the airport security search point, no larger than:

  • 56 centimetres tall (approximately 22 inches)
  • 45 centimetres wide (approximately 17.7 inches)
  • 25 centimetres deep (approximately 10 inches)

This is the maximum bag size allowed through security. Smaller bag sizes may apply depending on which airline you travel with. You should contact your airline or visit the specific airport website for further information.

Please note that other bags, such as handbags, may be carried WITHIN the single item of cabin baggage - not in addition.

All items carried by passengers will be X-ray screened. Cameras, (including digital), small electrical items such as mobile phones, MP3 players and Gameboys can remain in the bag for screening. However, all laptops and large electrical items must be removed from the bag and placed in a separate tray. Pushchairs and walking aids will be X-ray screened. Wheelchairs are permitted but will be thoroughly searched

Latest Update

You can now carry a limited quantity of liquids in your hand luggage i.e. gels, lotions, pastes, liquid cosmetics, foams and foodstuffs.

The following rules will be implemented, and will apply to all liquids you wish to carry through an airport security checkpoint:

All liquids must be in individual containers not greater than 100ml capacity.

All containers must be placed in one transparent re-sealable transparent bag, no larger than 20cm x 20cm 8" x 8" in size. The containers must fit comfortably inside the bag so it can be fastened closed.

Only one bag per passenger is allowed. The bag must be clear and re-sealable, such as ‘ziplock’ bags or bags with pressable seals. Larger bags or bags that are sealable, such as fold-over sandwich bags are not allowed.

Each passenger must remove their clear plastic bag from their hand baggage and place it in on the conveyor belt for X-ray screening.

Liquids in containers of more than 100ml capacity can be packed in your checked in baggage.

Exemptions to the liquids rule applies for liquid medicine or baby milk/food.

All shops and catering outlets are open to all passengers before and after security. However, items purchased before security must fit into your ONE item of hand baggage and the restrictions on liquids also apply. After the security check, passengers are able to take all items purchased in the departures lounge onboard the aircraft.

For further guidance on prohibited items, including what to do if travelling with baby milk and prescribed medicines, please refer to the BAA website.