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.
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.
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.
Ski and Snowboard items are included in the baggage allowance, with a maximum of 20 Kgs. per item. Additional items will be at extra cost. Ulisse, Freccia Alata and Freccia Alata Plus Clubs members have free transport of sport equipment bags on Alitalia flights).
Alitalia advise all passengers travelling with sports equipment to contact the call centre to arrange the booking and check-in procedure.
Further baggage allowance information and costs for Alitalia can be found by clicking here.
There is no additional allowance for sporting equipment, but it can be carried free of charge as part of your free checked baggage allowance. If the total number of bags is more than your free checked allowance, you will need to pay extra bag charges.
Find out more about carrying extra bags and overweight baggage charges
British Airways will accept ski and snowboard equipment up to 190cm (75in) in length provided it is packed correctly.
Preparing skis and snowboards for travel with BA:
Skis and snowboards must be packed in a recognised ski or snowboard bag If you are travelling with skis and ski boots you should pack them in one of the following ways :
- pack your skis and ski boots separately*
- pack your ski boots within your ski bag*
- pack your ski boots within your checked baggage
*Remember each bag that exceeds your free baggage allowance will incur an extra bag fee.
Additional information on British Airway’s baggage allowance can be found by clicking here.
Because of limited capacities and differing rules on Lufthansa's partner airlines, they cannot guarantee when you book that your ski baggage will be accepted in every case. Please note that you need to register sports baggage under the reservation hotline preferably within 24 hours before departure, irrespective of whether your ski bags are within your free baggage allowance or will be checked in as excess baggage.
If you are taking your ski bags with you as excess baggage, please pay the required flat fee directly at the Lufthansa counter at the airport.
If you exceed the free baggage allowance Lufthansa’s excess baggage tariff applies.
For more information taking ski equipment on Lufthansa flights click here.
Swiss will transport your sports equipment subject to no extra charge, provided that you do not exceed your baggage allowance. You will only be charged extra fees if you want to transport more items of luggage than those included in your allowance, or if your luggage is heavier or larger than the standard allowance.
For further advice from SWISS click here.
It is advisable to check for up to date information with your airline.