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Security Details

Save you time and inconvenience- knowing what’s allowed and what’s not allowed before you arrive.

One of the most visible aspects of the security process is making sure passengers do not take onboard prohibited items.

Allow yourself plenty of time to follow all the security procedures when you get to Gatwick.

A few tips...

  • have your boarding card ready for inspection

  • understand the rules on hand baggage restrictions

  • have all your liquids, gels, creams and pastes (in containers of 100ml or less) in a transparent re-sealable plastic bag for security staff to x-ray separately

  • take off your coat. It will be screened separately while you walk through the security archway

  • take your laptop and any other large electrical items from your hand baggage for separate screening

  • be ready to take off your shoes and belt if asked.

  • Security assistance lanes

    If you've got reduced mobility or are travelling with young children, assistance lanes were introduced to help you through security more easily. Look out for the assistance lane signs.

    In line with DfT recommendations they recently introduced body scanners. Passengers may be required to be screened using body scanning equipment.

    There will be areas for passengers to prepare for security with information in different languages and all the new lanes will feature automated electronic 'pass gates' - simply by placing a boarding card or the barcode on their smartphone onto the automatic readers, passengers will gain entry into the security areas. We'll also have staff on hand to help and wider assisted access gates for those who need them.

    Hand luggage rules

    The general advice is to carry the very minimum of hand baggage, and to make sure you arrive early at the airport and allow plenty of time for security screening.

    These rules can be summarised as:

  • you are allowed just one piece of hand luggage and this must not exceed 56cm x 45cm x 25cm. Most airlines do also allow passengers to carry a handbag too, but please check with your airline to make sure

  • your hand luggage must not contain any sharp items

  • you may only carry small amounts of liquid, gels, creams and pastes (in containers no bigger than 100ml) – and all these items must be inside one transparent re-sealable bag (maximum size: 20cm x 20cm) which will be screened separately at security.

  • You are allowed to carry greater quantities of liquids, gels, creams and pastes – but you should put these in your hold luggage.

    Hold luggage rules

    It makes so much sense to put all you can in your hold baggage (that is the bags you check-in). You’ll have less to carry through the terminal and passing through security will be much quicker and easier.

    It’s also worth noting that there are several items that you are allowed to carry in hold luggage that you are not allowed to carry onboard with you in your hand luggage.

    These include: liquids, creams, gels and pastes in containers over 100ml

  • scissors (less than 6cm with rounded ends are allowed in hand baggage)

  • razor blades (razors that have the blade set into a plastic moulding are allowed in hand baggage, but other types are not)

  • knives with blades of any length

  • household cutlery (but small teaspoons are allowed in hand baggage)

  • hypodermic needles (unless required for medical reasons, for which proof will be required)

  • tools (including multi-tools and penknives)

  • catapults

  • corkscrews

  • walking/hiking poles

  • toy/replica guns (metal or plastic)

  • sporting bats

  • darts

  • billiard, snooker or pool cues.

  • Check weight allowances on your ticket or with your airline.

    Not allowed to...

    There are some items that you’re not allowed to take on your aircraft in either your hand baggage or your hold luggage:

  • flammable liquids and solids

  • oxidisers such as bleaching powders

  • organic peroxides

  • tear gas devices or any gas cylinders

  • infectious substances such as live virus materials

  • wet-cell car batteries

  • magnetrons

  • instruments containing mercury

  • instruments containing magnets

  • fireworks

  • non-safety matches

  • firelighters, lighter fuel, paints, thinners

  • poisons, arsenic, cyanide, weedkiller

  • radioactive materials, acids, corrosives, alkalis, caustic soda

  • creosote, quicklime, oiled paper

  • vehicle fuel system parts which have contained fuel.
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