Security and Baggage

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Prepare for a fast and smooth Security check

When you reach London City Airport’s Security area, an officer will check your hand baggage and clothing to see whether you have any dangerous or banned goods with you. Security can take longer if you have a lot of bags with you, so please put any items you don’t need during your journey into your check-in bags.

Please leave everything in your bag

Thanks to the new CT scanners at London City Airport, you can leave liquids and electronics in your hand baggage at the security check.

Security checklist for travellers

Please follow the instructions on video screens to go through Security as smoothly and speedily as possible:

  • You are no longer required to take liquids, laptops, tablets, or other electronic devices out of your hand baggage.
  • Only liquids and gels in containers of up to 2 litres are allowed in your hand luggage.
  • Please note only one cigarette lighter is allowed per person.
  • Be sure to declare any camera film to the Security Officer before it enters the CT scanner.
  • Always follow the Security officer’s instructions.

Thermal water bottles

Thermal bottles have a double layer of insulation that our liquid test machines cannot penetrate. When our scanning equipment can’t verify this type of bottle, it may automatically reject the tray.

For this reason, please empty all contents before placing a bottle in the security tray. You can refill it in the Departures lounge. Thanks for your patience and cooperation to help speed up this process.

Security at the airport isn’t just about screening your bags, find out how we work with The Metropolitan Police and Project Servator.

Baggage rules vary between airlines and the type of ticket purchased. You are advised to check baggage rules with your airline before arriving at London City Airport.

Click here for airline contact details.

Please note that other airports across UK and Europe may not have the same liquids allowance.

Thank you for your cooperation. We wish you a safe and pleasant journey.


AmmunitionAllowed in hand baggage?Allowed in hold baggage?
Guns or firearms of any kind (includes air rifles, starting pistols etc.)NONO
Blasting capsNONO
Detonators and fusesNONO
Replica or imitation explosive devices, including replica and model gunsNONO
Mines, grenades and other explosive military storesNONO
Fireworks and other pyrotechnicsNONO
Smoke canistersNONO
Smoke cartridgesNONO
Plastic explosive, including black powder and percussion capsNONO
Flares in any formNONO
Hand grenadesNONO
Gun cigarette lightersNONO
  • This is a London City Airport Rule in line with most UK Airports.This list is not exhaustive.