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Security & Baggage

Prepare for a smooth, swift security check

Get ready to speed through

Our security team check all hand baggage and clothing for dangerous or banned goods. To help with this process, please put any items you don’t need during the flight into your check-in luggage.

Baggage rules vary per airline and ticket type, so please check your airline's baggage guidelines before arriving at the airport.

Leave it in the bag

No more plastic bags! Our CT security scanners can now scan liquids and electronics inside hand baggage.

What to do at Security

Please follow the instructions from our security officers and shown on video screens as you pass through.

  • Leave liquids, laptops, tablets and other electronic devices inside hand luggage

  • Liquids and gels only allowed in containers of up to 2 litres in hand luggage

  • Only one cigarette lighter allowed per person

  • Declare camera film to the security officer before it enters the CT scanner

We appreciate your cooperation and wish you a great business trip or holiday!

Hand luggage and hold luggage

Check below to see which items are allowed/not allowed in hand luggage and hold luggage. Please note this is not an exhaustive list.

Chemicals and toxic substances

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Chemicals and toxic substances

Allowed in hand baggage?

Allowed in hold baggage?

Oxidisers and organic peroxides, including bleach and car body repair kits

No

No

Acids and alkalis (spillable 'wet' batteries etc.)

No

No

Corrosives or bleaching agents, including mecury and chlorine

No

No

Vehicle batteries and vehicle fuel systems

No

No

Defensive/disabling sprays including mace, pepper sprays and tear gas

No

No

Radioactive materials, including medicinal or commercial isotopes

No

No

Poison and toxic substances, including rat poison

No

No

Infectious substances or biological hazards (infected blood, bacteria, viruses etc.)

N

No

Material that can spontaneously ignite or combust (burst into flames)

No

No

Fire extinguishers

No

No

  • This is a London City Airport Rule in line with most UK Airports. This list is not exhaustive.

Dangerous Goods

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Click below for a list of Dangerous Goods.

Dangerous Goods list

Electronic devices & electrical items

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In line with UK Government requirements, on some routes into/out of the UK you may need to show that electronic devices in your hand luggage are powered up – or you may not be allowed to take them on to the aircraft. Before travelling, please ensure you charge any electronic devices you plan to carry in hand luggage.

Device

Allowed in hand baggage

Allowed in hold luggage

Mobile phone

Yes

Yes

Laptop

Yes

Yes

Tablet

Yes

Yes

MP3 player

Yes

Yes

Hairdryer or straighteners

Yes

Yes

Travel iron

Yes

Yes

Electric shaver

Yes

Yes

E-cigarettes

Yes

No

Medicines & medical equipment

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Medication and medical equipment items

Allowed in hand baggage?

Allowed in hold baggage?

Cooling gel packs & frozen ice packs

Yes (there should be documentary evidence to confirm the need to keep the liquid cool, if medicinal product)

Yes

Medical equipment (CPAP and TENS machines, etc.)

Yes

Yes

Tablets and capsules

Yes (there is no restriction on the number of tablets or capsules you can carry)

Yes

Essential liquid medicines

Yes

Yes

Hypodermic syringes

Yes

Yes

Inhalers

Yes (This is a London City Airport Rule in line with most UK Airports. Liquid medication in a container over 100ml is permitted as hand baggage when supported by a prescription or documentation from a medical practitioner)

Yes

Oxygen cylinders

Yes

No

  • This is a London City Airport Rule in line with most UK Airports. This list is not exhaustive.

Sports equipment

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Sports equipment

Allowed in hand baggage?

Allowed in hold baggage?

Sports parachute

Yes

Yes

Bat or sports stick

No

Yes

Rackets (including tennis, squash, badminton)

Check with airline before you travel

Yes

Snooker, pool or billiard cue

No

Yes

Golf clubs

No

Yes

Walking/hiking poles

No

Yes

Ice skates

No

Yes

Skateboards and scooters

Yes

Yes

Fishing rods

No

Yes

Catapult

No

Yes

Firearms (including replica firearms)

No

Check with airline before your travel

Harpoon or spear gun

No

Yes

Crossbow

No

Yes

Martial arts equipment, including knuckledusters, clubs, coshes, rice flails and nun chucks.

No

Yes

Diving equipment (note that oxygen cylinders for diving are not allowed in hold or hand baggage)

Yes

Yes

Avalanche rescue back pack

Yes

Yes

  • This is a London City Airport Rule in line with most UK Airports. This list is not exhaustive.

Work tools

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Work Tools

Allowed in hand baggage?

Allowed in hold baggage?

Tool with a blade or shaft longer than 6cm* (chisel etc.)

No

Yes

Drill and drill bits

No

Yes

Stanley knife

No

Yes

Saw (includes portable power saw)

No

Yes

Screwdriver

No

Yes

Hammer

No

Yes

Pliers

No

Yes

Wrench or spanner

No

Yes

Bolt gun or nail gun

No

Yes

Crowbar

No

Yes

Blowtorch

No

Yes

  • This is a London City Airport Rule in line with most UK Airports. This list is not exhaustive.

Other personal items

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Personal Items

Allowed in hand baggage?

Allowed in hold baggage?

Hairdryer

Yes

Yes

Travel iron

Yes

Yes

Travel Kettle

Yes

Yes

Christmas crackers

No

See notes below**

Ink or toner cartridges

No

No

Spoon

Yes

Yes

Knife (with a sharp or pointed blade and/or a blade longer than 6cm*

No

Yes

Small scissors (with blades non longer than 6cm*)

Yes

Yes

Large scissors (with blades longer than 6cm*)

No

Yes

Round-ended/blunt scissors (of any length)

Yes

Yes

Cigar cutters (with blade under 6cm)

Yes

Yes

Fixed-cartridge razor blade (disposable razor)

Yes

Yes

Nail clippers/nail file

Yes

Yes

Tweezers

Yes

Yes

Knitting needles

Yes

Yes

Sewing needles

Yes

Yes

Umbrella

Yes

Yes

Walking stick/cane

Yes

Yes

Camera tripod

Yes

Yes

Pushchair

Yes (will be subject to additional security checks)

Yes

Wheelchair

Yes

Yes

Safety matches

Yes

Yes

'Strike anywhere' matches (non-safety matches)

No

No

Inflated, air filled sports balls (eg rugby and footballs)

Yes

Yes

Fireworks, flares and other pyrotechnics, including party poppers and toy caps

No

No

Cigarette lighter

Yes (but you may carry only a single lighter on your person)

No

Contact lens solution

Yes

Yes

Corkscrews

No

Yes

Multi-tools

No

Yes

Swiss Army Knives with a tool or corkscrew

No

Yes

Handcuffs

No

Yes

  • This is a London City Airport Rule in line with most UK Airports. This list is not exhaustive.

Christmas items

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Personal Items

Allowed in hand baggage?

Allowed in hold baggage?

Mince Pies

Yes

Yes

Mincemeat for Christmas pies

Yes

Yes

Christmas Pudding

Yes

Yes

Brandy Butter

Yes

Yes

Goose Fat

Yes

Yes

Cranberry Sauce

Yes

Yes

Pate

Yes

Yes

Clotted Cream

Yes

Yes

Mulled Wine

Yes

Yes

Snow Globe (small)

Yes

Yes

Snow Globe (large)

No

Yes

Play Doh

Yes

Yes

Party Poppers

No

No

Crackers

No

See notes below*

  • On British Airways you can check in Christmas Crackers (maximum 2 boxes per person) if they are commercially manufactured, not home-made, and for personal use only.

  • Lufthansa, Luxair and Swiss Airlines do not permit Christmas crackers within hold luggage and hand luggage.

  • This is a London City Airport Rule in line with most UK Airports. This list is not exhaustive.

Ski equipment

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Please check with your airline for up-to-date guidance on travelling with ski equipment.

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