Hand Baggage

Save time by checking all of your hand baggage items meet our security requirements

Hand baggage screening

We would remind all passengers that each airline has their own policy regarding hand baggage allowance and we strongly recommend that information regarding this is sought directly from the airline before travel. To save time, we advise you to only place valuables and items required for the flight in your hand baggage.

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All hand baggage will be subject to x-ray screening when going through security. To ensure you are ready and can pass through security as quickly as possible please note the following:

  • Place laptops and large electrical items separately in a tray
  • Keep coins, keys, mobile phones and other small items in your coat or hand baggage
  • Place your hand baggage and coat into a tray
  • Pushchairs, wheelchairs and walking aids will be thoroughly hand searched and will be subject to further screening

The following should not be carried in hand baggage:

Prohibited hand baggage items

You are not permitted to carry certain items on board with you. These are specified in a List of Prohibited Articles compiled by the EU. Security staff reserve the right to refuse permission to carry other items on board at all times for reasons of safety.

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Sharp items

This includes knives (with blades over 6cm), razor blades, box cutters, scissors (with blades over 6cm from fulcrim), axes, hatchets, cleavers, ice axes, ice picks, swords, sabres and sharp or pointed martial arts equipment.

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Stunning devices and incapacitating devices

Including stun guns, tasers, animal killers, incapacitating chemicals, gases or sprays (e.g. mace), pepper sprays, tear gas and animal repellent sprays.


This includes crowbars, drills and drill bits, saws, blowtorches, bolt guns, nail guns, or any tool with a blade or shaft over 6cm (e.g. screwdrivers or chisels).

Projectile-firing weapons

These include firearms, toy guns, replica/imitation guns, firearm parts (except telescopic sights), airguns, pellet guns, BB guns, flare guns, starting pistols, bows or crossbows, arrows, harpoon guns, spear guns, slingshots and catapults. If you are carrying firearms for hunting or sporting purposes please contact your airline for their specific rules and regulations on these.

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Prohibited Items list

This list is not definitive and Security may request that certain items, which are not on the list, be surrendered for security and safety reasons.

Liquids & Special dietary requirements

Passengers should familiarise themselves with the EU Liquids Regulations, which will help effect a smooth transition through the security screening area.

It is important to note that the regulation regarding the 100ml rule is still in effect i.e. passengers can bring liquids in containers of 100mls or less packed in a single transparent, re-sealable one litre plastic bag.

The following restrictions apply to all liquids, creams, gels, pastes and aerosols taken through security control:

Liquids may only be carried in containers holding 100ml or less.

They must be carried separately in a single bag which is:

  • Transparent and resealable
  • No larger than 1 Litre 20cm x 20cm
  • There is a limit of one transparent plastic bag per person.
  • The bag must close properly with all the items inside the Liquid volume clearly indicated on all containers
  • At the security preparation area, place the clear resealable bag in the tray with your other items
  • Liquids in containers over 100ml will not be permitted through security - please pack them in your hold baggage instead.

The following exceptions may be made to the 100ml rule (but thorough screening will still be required):

  • Special dietary requirement/ Baby food or baby milk
  • Liquid medicines: You may be asked for proof of authenticity
  • Duty Free liquids: Liquids presented in an official sealed security bag provided they remain in the sealed security bag with the receipt provided at purchase
  • Please note, it may be necessary to remove the liquid item from the packaging in order to screen it 
  • Explosive or flammable liquids, and those that are considered toxic, are not permitted in either hand or hand baggage

Large Electrical Items

Laptops and other large electrical equipment have to be removed from hand luggage and screened separately