Security and Baggage Rules
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 social distancing guidance from the Department for Transport, effective from June 2020
Please be prepared to remove face masks and coverings if requested to do so by Security Officers. Some larger face masks or respirators may require screening, advice for which will be given on arrival in the Security area.
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.
Liquids in hand baggage
ALL liquids 100ml or less will need to be presented in a single, 1 litre capacity transparent bag, measuring 20cm x 20cm, with no depth. The contents must fit comfortably in the bag as the bag must be sealed before being placed in the security tray, separately from the cabin bag. Only one liquid bag per passenger is allowed. If a passenger uses their own liquid bag that does not conform to the above requirements, they may be asked to transfer their liquids into a bag supplied by the airport.
There will still be exceptions to the 100ml restrictions for medical and dietary liquids (including baby food). These liquids, including duty free liquids in security tamper-evident bags, will need to go through additional screening after passing through the x-ray, by means of testing (not taste testing.
Please note that if a liquid has caused an activation after passing through the additional screening equipment and the security officer has not been able to resolve it, this may result in the liquid not being permitted through Security. Liquids include, but not restricted to: aerosols, gels, pastes, lotions, liquid/solid mixtures and the contents of pressurised containers such as toothpaste, hair gel, drinks, soups, syrups, perfume, shaving foam and other items with similar consistencies. Also an asthma pump is considered a liquid as is a cigarette lighter which is limited to one per person.