Security and Baggage

Everything you need to know about security restrictions and baggage rules at London City Airport.



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London City Airport is committed to processing passengers as quickly as possible. Passengers are advised to allow additional time for security processing, particularly during peak times. We appreciate your understanding.

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.

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Be prepared when you reach security

All cabin baggage will be X-ray screened.

Place laptops and large electrical items separately in a tray after removing outer casing or sleeve.

Put coins, keys, mobile phones and other small items in your coat or hand baggage. Place your hand baggage and coat into a tray.

Place any liquid items, correctly bagged, into the tray.

Pushchairs are subject to hand search and walking aids will be X-ray screened.

Wheelchairs will be thoroughly searched.

New Guidance from the Department for Transport from August 2018

We recommend that all food and powders should be packed in to hold baggage wherever possible. These items can

obstruct images on x-ray machines, leading to additional manual bag checks. This may cause delays at security.

Photographic equipment

It is perfectly safe to carry your photographic equipment through security. Our x-ray machines won’t harm your film or camera. The British Photographers' Liaison Committee (BPLC), has fully approved our hand luggage x-ray inspection systems as safe for all normal film types (up to and including ISO 400) as well as for digital storage media.

Specialist film (ISO 800 and above) can sometimes be affected – but the effects are barely noticeable to the naked eye and do not become clearly visible until film is exposed around 32 times. We are able to make special arrangements for photographers carrying professional film (ISO 800 and above). Please contact us or your airline before travel.

All cameras and equipment being carried though in cabin baggage will be x-ray screened.


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.