Birmingham Airport Security

Getting through security at Birmingham Airport needn't be as daunting as it seems to some. We've created this page to answer any most of the questions people have when it comes to getting through security at the airport and we're starting with "How long should I give myself to get through the airport?".

You want to allow yourself sufficient time to get checked in if you didn't do it online, drop off your bags if you have checked luggage, get through security and make it to your gate, as well as spend a little time in Duty-Free or grabbing a bite to eat of course, so allow yourself the following;

Check in recommendations for International flights is around 3 hours
Check in recommendations for European flights is around 2 hours
Check in recommendations for Domestic flights is around 90 mins

Birmingham Airport Hand Luggage - What you can and can't pack

"What can I actually pack in my hand luggage?"

Do you find yourself asking these questions? You're not the only one! Below we answer these and 4 other commonly asked questions about packing hand luggage.

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Birmingham Airport Security - additional things to note:

Birmingham Liquid Allowance:

  • Essential medicines in liquid form sufficient and essential for the flight (e.g. diabetic kit), as long as it is verified as authentic.
  • Baby milk and liquid baby food (the contents of each bottle or jar must be tasted by the accompanying passenger).

Please note: Other bags, such as handbags, may be carried within the single item of cabin baggage. However, depending on the airline, it may be required to be placed within your hand luggage when boarding the plane.


All items carried by passengers will be x-ray screened, including.

  • Pushchairs, walking aids and wheelchairs.
  • Laptops and other large electrical items (e.g. a large hairdryer) have to be removed from cabin baggage and screened separately. (A laptop bag will be regarded as your one item that is allowed in the cabin)

Before Security

All shops and catering outlets are open to all passengers. Hand baggage is now allowed BUT any liquids and gels must be packed into your hold luggage for check-in. Any other purchases must fit into your hand baggage.

After Security

All shops and catering outlets are open to all passengers. Passengers can take all items purchased in the departures lounge into the aircraft cabin, unless you are travelling to the USA. For more information, please visit

Duty-Free and Departure Lounge Purchases

Any liquid items purchased in Duty-Free can be taken on board the plane, but be sure to retain any proof of purchase as this may be required at transfer points. The above requirements are enforced by HM Revenue & Customs, whilst airlines and airports may have additional measures in place. It's always advised that you check the additional requirements when you book your flight.

Birmingham Airport Security - Prohibited Items

You are not permitted to take any of the below items onto an aircraft:

Flammable liquids and solids Oxidisers
Organic peroxides Gas cylinders
Infectious substances Wet car cell batteries
Instruments containing magnets Instruments containing mercury
Magnetrons Fireworks
Non-safety matches, firelighters, lighter fuel Paints, thinners
Poisons, arsenic, cyanide, weedkiller Acids, corrosives, alkalis, caustic soda
Creosote, quicklime, oiled paper Radioactive materials