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.

Baby food and milk

Providing the baby is travelling with the parent, you are allowed to take sufficient baby food and/or milk for the journey, in your cabin baggage. In some cases this may include containers over 100ml.

For guidance only:

Baby food and baby milkAllowed in hand baggageAllowed in hold baggage
Formula milk, cow’s milk or soya milk for babiesYesYes
Powdered milk (unlimited quantity)YesYes
Sterilised water (can be in any type of container apart from branded containers or flasks?YesYes
Baby food of varying consistenciesYesYes
Yoghurts under 100ml (must be clearly identifiable as a baby’s product)YesYes
Liquid juicesNoYes
Cooling gel and frozen ice packs to cool baby milk (only if the milk and baby are present)YesYes
Expressed breast milk is permitted to be carried in unlimited quantities as long as it is presented in individual containers that do not exceed 2 litres per container. The baby is not required to be present. Milk which has been frozen is not permitted; only expressed milk in liquid form will be allowed and will be subject to testingYesYes
Cooling gel and frozen ice packs to cool expressed breast milk (only if the milk is present)YesYes

N.B. The list is not exhaustive