With a little preparation, there’s a lot you can do to make sure your journey through airport security is as quick and hassle-free as possible. Here are a few things to consider.
Christmas can often mean passengers wish to travel with unusual items packed in luggage. Be aware that all the usual restrictions still apply to Christmas presents!
Wrapped Christmas presents packed in hand luggage must not contain any restricted items – even if it is unopened and beautifully packaged. If liquid items are under 100ml, they can travel in hand luggage but must be carried in a clear, resealable plastic bag.
All pyrotechnics or smoke-emitting devices, such as party poppers and Christmas crackers, are prohibited from all passenger baggage. For unusual items, it’s advised customers contact their airline ahead of their journey to confirm restrictions.
What can I take?
Making sure passengers only bring on board permitted items is one of our biggest responsibilities. Knowing what’s allowed and what’s not allowed before you arrive could save you, and other passengers, time and inconvenience.
If your airline allows it, you may take more than one item of hand baggage through security control. Please check with your airline before arriving at the airport.
The size and weight of your hand baggage will be set by your airline - check the information supplied by your airline to find out what you're allowed to take.
For more on baggage, including checked-in baggage, visit our Baggage page.
As you approach the security area, try to be ready to go through the security point. The following points will help speed up the process for you and others:
- Have your boarding pass ready for inspection. You do not need to show your passport at this stage.
- If you’re carrying any liquid items in a clear resealable plastic bag, take them out of your hand baggage ready for inspection.
- Take off your coat and belt when you reach the front of the queue so you’re ready for the X-ray machines.
- Electrical items such as laptops, mobile phones and tablets will need to go through X-ray machines separately, so get them ready by taking them out of your hand luggage.
- All bags will be screened by X-ray scanners.
- Place your hand baggage and coat/jacket into a tray.
- Pushchairs and walking aids will be X-ray screened.
- Wheelchairs and other mobility aids will be thoroughly searched.
- You may be asked to remove your shoes and/or other items of clothing or jewellery before going through the security archway.
To save time, we suggest that you carry only valuables and items required for the flight in your hand baggage.
Only limited quantities of liquids may be carried through security control as hand baggage. This includes bottled drinks, suntan lotion, fragrances, cosmetics and toiletries.
The following restrictions apply to all liquids, creams, gels, pastes and aerosols taken through security control:
- Liquids may only be carried in containers no larger than 100ml
- They must be carried separately in a single transparent, resealable plastic bag
- The bag must be no larger than 20cm x 20cm (8in x 8in) and all items must fit inside so that it closes properly
- At security control the bag must be placed separately on the conveyor belt for screening
- Liquid items larger than 100ml will not be allowed through the security checkpoint. Please pack anyhting larger than 100ml in your hold baggage.
To save time and expense please come prepared with your own appropriate plastic bag. However, plastic bags can be purchased in the airport.
Plastic bags are available at a cost of two bags for £1 if you forget to bring your own. Plastic bag dispensing machines are located prior to security in the terminal and in the security search area.
Only carry what you need for the trip. Wet wipes and powdered baby food are fine, but you’ll be asked to taste the following:
- Baby milk
- Sterilised water intended to make up powdered feed
- Baby food in liquid, gel or paste form
Please note baby juice (unless it is a specific dietary requirement juice) is not permitted to be carried through the security search area.
You can also order baby milk and baby food in advance to collect from Boots in the departure lounge (after security). All you need to do is call the store on 0191 214 6284 and let them know the type and quantity of milk you require. You'll need to call at least a week before you fly, then all you have to do then is pick it up from Boots once you're through security.
Medicines and essential medical equipment
Essential medicines for the period of the trip may be permitted in larger quantities above the 100ml limit, however they will be subject to authentication and passengers must have obtained the prior agreement of their airline.
If passengers need to carry medicine of this nature they must also carry with them supporting documentation, either a prescription and/or letter from a relevant qualified medical professional.
Medicine of a non essential nature, i.e. non-prescription or “over the counter” liquid-based medication must be carried in containers not exceeding 100ml and must be presented within the clear resealable bag along with other liquid-based products.
Please note: Boots at Newcastle Airport is NOT a dispensing pharmacy. Make sure you have any essential prescription medicines with you before travelling to the airport, as you will not be able to purchase them once you arrive.
We'll ask you to remove ALL electrical items from your hand luggage, along with any cables and wires that accompany them. This allows us to scan your luggage quickly, and reduces the possibility that you or your luggage will need to be re-scanned.
The following may not be carried in hand baggage (please note that the examples below are not given as an exhaustive list, and many other items fall under these categories):
Knives (with blades over 6cm), razor blades, box cutters, scissors
Firearms, toy guns, replica/imitation guns, BB guns, bows or crossbows, arrows, catapults
Stunning devices and incapacitating devices
Stun guns, Tasers, incapacitating chemicals, gases or sprays (eg Mace), pepper sprays
Crowbars, drills and drill bits, saws, blowtorches, screwdrivers
Baseball/softball bats, cricket bats, clubs, batons, martial arts equipment
Explosive or incendiary substances
Ammunition, blasting caps, replica/imitation explosive devices, grenades, fireworks
Flammable or harmful substances such as gases, oxidisers, poisons, corrosives and hazardous biological or chemical material
A single cigarette lighter may be carried per person.
Security personnel may additionally prevent any item considered to pose a security or safety risk from passing through to the departure lounge.
If you are in any doubt about a particular item of hand baggage, we recommend that you pack it in your hold baggage instead.