Manchester Airport Information

Current Security Procedure

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Security update:

If you’re flying to the USA please ensure electrical devices are charged and capable of being switched on. Any passengers with specific queries about their individual flight should check with their airline for more detailed information.


At Manchester Airport, we make the safety and security of customers and staff our absolute priority. To make your journey as smooth as possible and avoid unnecessary delays, we ask that you pay special attention to our security procedure.


Please ensure that you read the latest regulations about what you can and cannot take on board the aircraft.



We would remind all passengers that each airline has their own policy regarding the amount of hand baggage allowed on their aircraft and we strongly recommend that information regarding this is sought directly from the Airline before travel.


Size - The current restrictions on the size of hand baggage taken into the restricted area of the airport remain in place with no bag larger than 56cm x 45cm x 25cm being permitted.



Passengers will be allowed to take liquids, gels and pastes of 100mls or less in their hand baggage. These items must be contained within a small, transparent re-sealable plastic bag, which will have to be removed from their hand baggage and x-rayed separately.


To save time please come prepared with your own correct sized plastic bag, however plastic bags are available, if you forget to bring your own.


The new rules stipulate that the plastic bag must not exceed one litre capacity per passenger - that’s around half the size of a standard A4 piece of paper and it must be sealable. The bag can contain two or more items of less than 100mls/100g each but must not be cluttered to allow security officers to carry out thorough checks.


Liquids include:

Water and other drinks, soups, syrups

Creams, lotions and oils




Gels, including hair and shower gels

Contents of pressurised containers, including shaving foam, other foams and deodorants

Pastes, including toothpaste

Liquid-solid mixtures


Any other item of a similar consistency.


If you are in doubt on any of the liquid, gels or pastes restrictions then pack them into your suitcase when you check-in your hold luggage (what you check in).



Hold luggage (what you check in) and hand luggage (what you take on the plane) must be below a certain weight and size. Please check with your airline for more information.


Do not pack sharp objects

Do not carry items for other people

Do not leave your baggage unattended at any time

It is an offence to carry any of the following items into the aircraft cabin:


Toy or replica guns (plastic or metal)

Knives with blades more than 6cm

Lighter top up fuel (Passengers are allowed to carry one disposable lighter in a clear re sealable plastic bag).

Razor blades

Scissors -with blades more than 6cm

Hypodermic syringes (unless supported by medical evidence)

Builder’s tools

Hammers, nails, screwdrivers


Sporting bats

Billiard, snooker or pool cues

Catapults and slingshots

Umbrellas - unless foldable



Gas cartridges or refills


Lighter fuel


Restraining Items - handcuffs, fishing line, restraining tape.


Laptops and other complex items of electrical equipment have to be removed from hand luggage and screened separately.


If you’re flying to the USA please ensure electrical devices are charged and capable of being switched on. Any passengers with specific queries about their individual flight should check with their airline for more detailed information.



Passengers will also be allowed to carry in their hand luggage medicines and dietary requirements including baby foods, for use during the flight. This includes sterilised water (this must be in a baby bottle).


A passenger may take prescription medication in containers over 100ml through security, provided that they have a prescription or doctors note for the medication. The passenger may only carry through security the quantity of liquid medication that is required for their journey.


Passengers will be able to buy liquids including drinks and perfumes either in an EU airport shop after security control, or on board an aircraft operated by an EU airline. If they are sold in a special sealed bag, passengers must not open them before they are screened otherwise the contents may be confiscated at the security checkpoint.



Manchester Airport has introduced new state-of-the-art, non-invasive body scanning technology in response to new regulations put in place by the UK Department for Transport. More information

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