Security and Baggage

Travelling through security



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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.

Click here for airline contact details.

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.

Liquids in hand baggage

Government authorities in many countries have now defined restrictions on the type and quantity of liquids that may be carried in hand baggage through an airport, or on flights arriving at, or departing from their country.

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There will still be exceptions to the 100ml restrictions for medical and dietary liquids (including baby food), however the previous rule where the adult accompanying the child has to taste a percentage of the baby food is no longer required.

Following changes to regulation all above categories of liquids (duty free in security tamper-evident bags, Medical and dietary liquids (including baby food) will however need to go through additional screening after passing through the x-ray by means of 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.

The current rules concerning ALL liquids 100ml or less still remain and will need to be presented in a single, 1 litre clear, transparent bag that can be sealed. Only one liquid bag per passenger is allowed. For information please click here.