Birmingham Airport Security

Make sure you leave plenty of time to check in before your flight - security can often take a little while to clear and you do not want to be stressing before your flight! Check with your airline if you are unsure on how long before your flight you should be at the airport.

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Hand Luggage

There are stringent rules in place for all passengers departing from UK airports. Please note that hand luggage dimensions now often vary between airlines, especially low-cost airlines. Always check with them if you are unsure about your allowances.


Some liquids (e.g. gels, lotions, pastes, liquid cosmetics, foams and foodstuffs) are allowed through airport security check points. There are the following restrictions on the quantity of liquids:


Liquids that cannot be placed inside the re-sealable bag must be packed into the hold luggage and checked in. Liquids of any amount can still be carried in luggage checked into the aircraft hold. If they do not fit into the small transparent bag and have not been put into your hold luggage will be confiscated.

Please note 'Liquids' include:


Essential medicines and baby food may be permitted in larger quantities above the 100ml limit, but will be subject to authentication.

Duty free / departure lounge purchases

**Please note restrictions apply to duty free purchases made on return journeys where passengers change flights at an EU airport.

These are the requirements set down by the Department for Transport. Airlines and Airports may have additional measures in place. Passengers are strongly advised to check the website of their carrier or airport before travelling.

Hand Luggage - What Not To Pack

You should always check the exact hand luggage allowance with your airline prior to packing. Most airlines have a hand baggage measurement gauge at check-in.

Take only one piece of hand luggage and make sure that your hand luggage does not contain:

Prohibited Items

ScissorsRazor blades
Knives with blades of any lengthHousehold cutlery
TweezersHypodermic needles (unless required for medical reasons)
Tools Toy/replica guns (metal or plastic)Catapults
CorkscrewsWalking/hiking poles
Billiard, snooker or pool cues, dartsSporting bats

If items are confiscated at security control you will not be compensated and, with the exception of unusual circumstances, the confiscated items will not be returned.

Syringes that are needed for diabetics and other medical reasons will only be allowed in hand luggage if you can prove the medical necessity. You may wish to phone the airline in advance to find out what they require as proof of your medical condition.

All Luggage - What Not To Pack

In addition to the restrictions on what is allowed in hand luggage, there are a number of items that must not be taken on board an aircraft, either as hand luggage or in the hold. Please do not pack the following anywhere in your carry on or check in luggage:

Prohibited Items

Flammable liquids and solidsOxidisers
Organic peroxidesGas cylinders
Infectious substancesWet car cell batteries
Instruments containing magnetsInstruments containing mercury
Non-safety matches, fire lighters, lighter fuelPaints, thinners
Poisons, arsenic, cyanide, weedkillerAcids, corrosives, alkalis, caustic soda
Creosote, quicklime, oiled paperRadioactive materials