Airport security made easy: do’s and don’ts for your next departure
Ways to prepare at home and in the queue
Packing and setting off to the airport can be a busy time, but by doing any of the following you may have a smoother transition through airport security:
- Make sure your liquids, pastes and gels are in a clear, sealable bag and leave them at the top of your hand luggage. Or if you have hold luggage, these items could be placed in there instead.
- For electronic devices you want on the plane, make sure to keep them close to hand ready to take them out in airport security. You should also make sure to charge them beforehand, as if your device doesn’t switch on when requested, you may not be able to take it on the flight.
- Is your outfit the best bet for not beeping? It may be easier to avoid heeled shoes, belts, large metal jewellery and lots of layers than have to take them off and on in security.
And while waiting to enter security, why not:
- Keep your boarding pass to hand ready to enter the security area.
- Empty your pockets and get electronics and liquids out ready for the tray.
- Be prepared to take off heeled shoes, coats, jumpers and belts ready for screening.
Hand baggage rules
Some rules vary for different countries, so make sure to check the government restrictions on hand or hold luggage, as well as your airlines before travel.
And a golden rule, if it’s sharp, a tool or dangerous don’t pack it.
What to put in your airport clear plastic bag
Many of us now know that restrictions on liquids carried in hand luggage mean that toothpaste and shower gels should be pulled out into a clear plastic bag; but the following guidelines are here to help you get fully security-sorted:
- You’re limited to 1 plastic bag for liquids per person.
- The bag should be transparent and resealable.
- It should contain only liquids up to 100ml each in size.
- The bag can hold no more than 1 litre and be approximately 20cm x 20cm or less.
- If carrying a lighter that should also be put in a clear plastic bag.
You are allowed to carry essential medicines of more than 100ml in your hand baggage and this can be stored in another plastic bag. Remember to take only what you need for the journey, bring a note from your doctor stating the medication is required and that extra supplies and larger containers of medicine should be packed in your hold baggage.
Can I take my vape or e-cigarette through airport security?
Government guidance states that e-cigarettes should not be packed in hold luggage and you should therefore carry them through airport security if you want to take them on your travels. You should make sure you aren’t taking over 100ml of e-liquid and put it in the tray loose ready for the security scanner.
Also worth noting is that use of e-cigarettes in UK airports, like smoking, is strictly prohibited.
Can I take food through airport security?
Solid food items such as sandwiches, sweets or fruit can be taken through airport security. Bottled drinks are completely prohibited, but some liquid or semi-liquid items like soup, jam & honey can only be taken in quantities smaller than 100ml.
Can I take baby food & milk through airport security?
You are allowed to take as much baby food, milk and sterilised water as is required for the duration of your outbound journey, and this could exceed 100ml. The items should be placed in a tray in a separate clear, plastic bag as used for other liquids, and sterilised water should travel in a baby bottle