Preparing for your flight
Use this step-by-step guide to make your journey as easy as possible.
1. Identify all of the liquids, aerosols and gels you plan on taking on board.
Look carefully through your luggage and identify items you think could be a liquid, aerosol or gel. Pay particular attention to toiletries and cosmetics.
2. Identify all of the liquids, aerosols and gels that you NEED for your flight.
3. 100ml or less? You can carry it on board.
Review the items you plan on carrying with you on the flight. Are they 100ml or less? If so, then you can pack them into one transparent, re-sealable plastic bag of no more than 20cm x 20 cm. Your plastic bag will need to seal easily.
4. Packing your bags.
Items not essential for your flight, and any items more than 100ml, will need to be packed into your checked (hold) luggage.Even if you believe an item is very important, it should still be packed into your checked (hold) luggage if it is over 100ml.
Any items greater than 100ml that are not checked-in will have to be surrendered at the security screening point and will be destroyed.
Arriving at the airport
1. Review your hand luggage.
Are you carrying any liquids, aerosols or gels in your hand luggage that are greater than 100ml? If you are, then be sure to pack them into your checked (hold) luggage before checking-in.
2. Double-check your plastic bag.
Are there any items in your plastic bag that you don't actually need for your flight? We recommend you pack these items into your checked (hold) luggage.
Remember only one plastic bag per passenger is permitted.
3. Check-in: Your last point of call.
Remember that check-in is the last point in which you can put any items into your checked (hold) luggage.
After this point, any liquid, aerosol or gel items surrendered at the security screening point will be destroyed.
4. Unsure? Ask a staff member.
If you are unsure about anything to do with liquids, aerosols or gels, be sure to talk to staff at check-in.
1. Remove any metal items.
Place any metal items, such as mobile phones, coins or laptops in the tray provided.
2. Present your liquids, aerosols and gels.
The plastic bag containing your liquids, aerosols or gels should be presented separately from your other hand luggage. Any liquids, aerosol or gels larger than 100ml will need to be disposed of in the bins provided.
3. Remove your coat.
All bulky coats / jackets / fleeces / thick sweaters must be removed and placed in a tray.
4. Walk through the Archway Metal Detector
If you require special assistance i.e. you have a wheelchair, walking stick or you are travelling with very small children, please ask a security officer for assistance.
5. Hand searching of passengers.
You may also be required to undertake a pat down (hand search).This search is undertaken in a random continuous manner, meaning that a passenger is randomly selected for 'hand search' as soon as the security officer has completed the search of the previous passenger.
The search takes approximately 30 seconds, and involves a security officer of the same sex searching your garments to ensure you are not carrying any hidden items.
If you are unsure about any part of the 'hand search' process, ask the security officer to explain it to you.
6. Collect your items
Once the 'hand search' is completed you will be free to collect your items from the tray. Some items may be selected for further examination.