Check the security rules

Security update:
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.

At Manchester Airport, we make the safety and security of customers and staff our absolute priority. To make your journey as smooth as possible and avoid unnecessary delays, we ask that you pay special attention to our security procedure.

Follow these 4 simple steps to fly through security

Please ensure that you read the latest regulations about what you can and cannot take on board the aircraft.

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.

Size - 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.


Passengers will be allowed to take liquids, gels and pastes of 100mls or less in their hand baggage. These items must be contained within a small, transparent re-sealable plastic bag, which will have to be removed from their hand baggage and x-rayed separately.

To save time please come prepared with your own correct sized plastic bag, however plastic bags are available, if you forget to bring your own.

The new rules stipulate that the plastic bag must not exceed one litre capacity per passenger - that’s around half the size of a standard A4 piece of paper and it must be sealable. The bag can contain two or more items of less than 100mls/100g each but must not be cluttered to allow security officers to carry out thorough checks.

Liquids include:
Water and other drinks, soups, syrups
Creams, lotions and oils
Gels, including hair and shower gels
Contents of pressurised containers, including shaving foam, other foams and deodorants
Pastes, including toothpaste
Liquid-solid mixtures
Any other item of a similar consistency.

If you are in doubt on any of the liquid, gels or pastes restrictions then pack them into your suitcase when you check-in your hold luggage (what you check in).

Hold and Hand 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 -with blades more than 6cm
  • Hypodermic syringes (unless supported by medical evidence)
  • Builder’s tools
  • Hammers, nails, screwdrivers
  • Darts
  • Sporting bats
  • Billiard, snooker or pool cues
  • Catapults and slingshots
  • Umbrellas - unless foldable
  • Acid
  • Explosives
  • Gas cartridges or refills
  • Paint
  • Lighter fuel
  • Mercury
  • Restraining Items - handcuffs, fishing line, restraining tape.

Large electrical items / Laptops

Laptops and other complex items of electrical equipment (l pads, 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 with children aged 2 and above are subject to the same liquid restrictions as all other passengers and can not exceed 100ml.

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.

Body Scanners

Manchester Airport has introduced new state-of-the-art, non-invasive body scanning technology in response to new regulations put in place by the UK Department for Transport. More information