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.

Personal Items

Personal ItemsAllowed in hand baggage?Allowed in hold baggage?
Travel ironYesYes
Travel KettleYesYes
Christmas crackersNoSee notes below**
Ink or toner cartridgesNoNo
Knife (with a sharp or pointed blade and/or a blade longer than 6cm*NoYes
Small scissors (with blades non longer than 6cm*)YesYes
Large scissors (with blades longer than 6cm*)NoYes
Round-ended/blunt scissors (of any length)YesYes
Cigar cutters (with blade under 6cm)YesYes
Fixed-cartridge razor blade (disposable razor)YesYes
Nail clippers/nail fileYesYes
Knitting needlesYesYes
Sewing needlesYesYes
Walking stick/caneYesYes
Camera tripodYesYes
PushchairYes (will be subject to additional security checks)Yes
Safety matchesYesYes
'Strike anywhere' matches (non-safety matches)NoNo
Inflated, air filled sports balls (eg rugby and footballs)YesYes
Fireworks, flares and other pyrotechnics, including party poppers and toy capsNoNo
Cigarette ligherYes (but you may carry only a single ligher on your person)No
Contact lens solutionYesYes
Swiss Army Knives with a tool or corkscrewNoYes
  • This is a London City Airport Rule in line with most UK Airports

  • British Airways allow Christmas Crackers to be checked in providing they meet the following restrictions; maximum two boxes per person, the crackers must be commercially manufactured, the crackers must be for personal use only and homemade crackers are not permitted.

  • Lufthansa, Luxair and Swiss Airlines do not permit Christmas crackers within hold luggage and hand luggage.

  • This list is not exhaustive.