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Security Rules

We want you to fly through security as quickly as possible, so please abide by the rules below.

Hand Baggage

We would remind all passengers that each airline has their own policy regarding the amount of hand baggage allowed on their aircraft and we strongly recommend that information regarding this is sought directly from the Airline before travel. The current restrictions on the size of hand baggage taken into the restricted area of the airport remain in place with no bag larger than 56cm x 45cm x 25cm being permitted.

                                                              Liquids

Bag

If under 100ml and in a transparent re-sealable plastic bag, passengers are permitted to take liquids, gels and pastes through security seperately from their hand baggage.

It is best to prepare your liquid bag no larger than 20cm x 20cm, not exceeding one litre, before arrival at Manchester Airport. They are however available if you forget to bring your own. The bag must be one litre, which is around half the size of a standard A4 piece of paper and it must be sealable.

What is a liquid?

  • Water and other drinks, soups, syrups.
  • Pastes, including toothpaste.
  • Creams, lotions and oils, including lip balm and moisturiser
  • Perfumes.
  • Make-up, including lipsticks and mascaras
  • Sprays, including sun-tan lotion
  • Inhalers
  • Gels, including hair and shower gels
  • Contents of pressurised containers, including: shaving foam, other foams and deodorants
  • Liquid-solid mixtures
  • Any other item of a similar consistency

Always check in any liquid over 100ml and if you're unsure whether an item will be allowed through, please always check it in with your hold luggage.

Please note - if you wish to bring your own containers to hold 100ml or less, the container must have printed on it the measurement that the container can hold. Travel sets of containers that do not have measurements on them will not be allowed through security. Handwritten measurements or stickers are also not acceptable.

                                        Large Electrical Items / Laptops

Electronics

Laptops and other electrical equipment (iPads, hairdryers, straighteners, large speakers, large cameras, docking stations, irons) have to be removed from hand luggage and screened separately.

If you’re flying to the USA please ensure electrical devices are charged and capable of being switched on. Any passengers with specific queries about their individual flight should check with their airline for more detailed information.

Medicines and Baby Foods

Passengers will also be allowed to carry in their hand luggage medicines and dietary requirements including baby foods, for use during the flight. This includes sterilised water (this must be in a baby bottle).

A passenger may take prescription medication in containers over 100ml through security, provided that they have a prescription or doctors note for the medication. The passenger may only carry through security the quantity of liquid medication that is required for their journey.

Passengers will be able to buy liquids including drinks and perfumes either in an EU airport shop after security control, or on board an aircraft operated by an EU airline. If they are sold in a special sealed bag, passengers must not open them before they are screened otherwise the contents may be confiscated at the security checkpoint.

Hold Luggage

Lost Luggage

Hold luggage (what you check in) and hand luggage (what you take on the plane) must be below a certain weight and size. Please check with your airline for more information.

  • Do not pack sharp objects.
  • Do not carry items for other people.
  • Do not leave your baggage unattended at any time.

It is an offence to carry any of the following items into the aircraft cabin:

  • Toy or replica guns (plastic or metal).
  • Knives with blades more than 6cm.
  • Lighter top-up fuel (passengers are allowed to carry one disposable lighter in a clear re-sealable plastic bag).
  • Razor blades.
  • Scissors - specifically, blades measuring greater than 6cm in length.
  • Hypodermic syringes (unless supported by medical evidence).
  • Builder's tools.
  • Hammers, nails or screw-drivers.
  • Darts.
  • Sporting bats.
  • Billiard, snooker or pool cues.
  • Catapults and sling-shots.
  • Umbrellas - unless foldable.
  • Acid.
  • Explosives
  • Gas cartridges, or gas cartridge re-fills.
  • Paint.
  • Lighter fuel.
  • Mercury.
  • Restraining Items - such as, handcuffs, fishing line or restraining tape.

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