Security FAQs

For more information about the new security screening process, please click on the links below:

How has the security screening process changed?

The UK already has a robust aviation security system, and new technology to enhance security screening of passengers and hand luggage is being rolled out at UK airports. Newcastle International Airport has installed new screening technology that allows passengers to leave electrical items such as tablets and laptops, and liquids in their hand baggage during the screening process.

The new screening equipment uses CT X-ray technology to provide a 3D image of what’s in passengers’ hand baggage alongside highly advanced threat detection algorithms. It will further enhance our ability to detect items, but with greater convenience for passengers. 

There are no changes to the rules on the carriage of dangerous goods, detail of which can be found at

What are the new liquid rules?

The new rules mean that passengers may be able to travel with liquids, in individual containers up to 2 litres, in their hand baggage. All liquids will be subject to an automated screening process which will ultimately determine if they can be taken on your journey. We would recommend for a more seamless journey, that passengers continue to pack as many liquids as possible in their hold baggage, and only carry in their hand baggage what is required for the flight.

Please remember, the rules may vary depending on the Airport you are returning to the North East from. We strongly encourage passengers read the guidelines set out by their destination Airport to ensure they are prepared for the inbound journey. 

Do I need to remove electrical items from my hand baggage?

No, you can keep all electrical items in your hand baggage. If travelling with multiple electrical items, passengers are asked to ensure these are as spaced out as possible within their hand baggage to aid the screening process.

Remember, passengers may be required to show that electronic devices in their hand luggage are powered up. If your device does not switch on, you may not be allowed to bring it on to the aircraft. Passengers are therefore advised to make sure electronic devices being carried in their hand luggage are charged before they travel.

What items am I not permitted to take?

Passengers are reminded that the following items 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. For more information, please click here.

Sharp items: Knives (with a blade over 6cm) or any sized knife with a locking blade, razor blades, corkscrew, box cutters, scissors (with blades longer than 6cm or any size with sharp points)

Projectile-firing weapons: Firearms, toy guns, replica/imitation guns, BB guns, bows or crossbows, arrows, harpoons, catapults

Stunning devices and incapacitating devices: Stun guns, Tasers, incapacitating chemicals, gases, or sprays (e.g., Mace or pepper sprays)

Tools: Chisels, Stanley knives, crowbars, drills, drill bits, saws, blowtorches, screwdrivers, hammers, pliers, wrench/spanner, nail guns

Blunt instruments: Baseball/softball bats, cricket bats, snooker/billiard cues, golf clubs, hiking poles, fishing rods, clubs, batons, martial arts equipment

Explosive or incendiary substances: Ammunition, blasting caps, replica/imitation explosive devices, grenades, fireworks, flares, pyrotechnics (including party poppers and toy caps), non-safety matches

Dangerous goods: Flammable or harmful substances such as gases, oxidisers, poisons, corrosives and hazardous biological or chemical material

A single cigarette lighter may be carried by a person on any non-US flights which must be kept on the person during the flight.

Can I travel with medicine or medial equipment?

Passengers are permitted to carry essential medicines or medical equipment, required for the period of the trip, in their hand baggage. These items will be subject to a separate screening process, authentication, and passengers must have obtained prior agreement from their airline.

If passengers need to carry medicine or medical equipment of this nature, they must also carry supporting documentation, either a prescription and/or letter from a relevant qualified medical professional.

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.

Have the rules changed at all airports?

No, the new security screening equipment is in the process of being rolled out at Airports across the UK and rules may differ from airport to airport. Passengers are strongly advised to check the security screening rules for the airport they are using on their return journey to ensure they adhere to the restrictions.

Will I be able to arrive at the Airport later?

Passengers should continue to follow the instructions from their airline as to what time to arrive at the Airport prior to their flight and to ensure they leave plenty of time to check-in and transit through security - remembering that at peak times these areas can get busy.