Security at Birmingham Airport

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

Cabin Bag information

“How big can my bag be?”

“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

Airport Security - your bag should be no bigger than 56cm x 45cm x 25cm

Airport Security - Liquids no bigger than 100ml
Airport Security - Taking Medicines may require Drs authorisation

Airport security - Travelling with your baby, you can take as much food or milk as is needed for the journey

Airport security - leave sports equipment to the hold!
Airport Security - restricted items include darts, razor blades, slingshots and more
    In addition to the above;

  • If an item doesn’t fit into your hand luggage or your hand luggage is too heavy/ large, it must go in the hold. This should be done before you check your hold luggage or you risk paying an inflated fee to check the item.
  • In most cases, large musical instruments can be taken on as a second piece of hand lugagge but this is dependant on the airline, so be sure before you go!
  • Speed up the process at security and remove your laptop from your bag before you put it in to be screened
  • Pushchairs, wheelchairs and other mobility aids are permitted through security, but they too are subject to screening.
  • Only one bag of liquids per person. Liquids that do not fit in the bag size stated above will need to go into the hold.

Medicines and Baby food

  • Need to take medicines larger than 100ml? That’s fine, just make sure you have a doctors note stating why
  • Syringes can be taken in hand lugagge provided you can prove medical necessity with that all important doctors note
  • Enough baby food and milk to last the journey is also allowed through.

Duty free / departure lounge purchases

  • Liquid items of any size purchased after security, can be taken on to the aircraft. Please be mindful though that you are not permitted to drink alcohol purchased in the airport on the plane.
  • Retain your proof of purchase throughout your journey as you will be required to show it at all transfer points if applicable.
Please Note: Restrictions apply to duty free purchases made on return journeys where passengers change flights at an EU airport. These are explained in detail on the Department of Transport’s website

Prohibited Items

You are not permitted to take any of the below items onto an aircraft, beit in the hold or in your hand luggage:
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, fire lighters, lighter fuel

Paints, thinners
Poisons, arsenic, cyanide, weedkiller Acids, corrosives, alkalis, caustic soda
Creosote, quicklime, oiled paper Radioactive materials