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Getting Through Security At Gatwick Airport

Security At Stansted Airport

Are you worried about getting through security at Gatwick Airport? You don't have to be, and we are here to reassure you! Here is some information that should answer any questions you might have.

One of the most commonly asked questions when it comes to getting through security at Gatwick Airport is:

How long do I give myself to get through the airport?

The airport is a busy place that can be stressful, but here are some tips on how to make it less so!

First of all, you want to give yourself enough time for check-in and security. And don't forget about going through Duty Free if shopping's your thing!

Therefore, please use the following times as a guideline:

  • For domestic flights – check in at least 90 minutes before your flight
  • For European flights – check in at least two hours before your flight
  • For international flights – check in at least three hours before your flight

Liquid allowance at Gatwick Airport

Liquid allowance at Gatwick Airport

Please consider the following liquid allowances for trips from Gatwick Airport:

  • Liquid baby food and baby milk (the accompanying passenger might be asked to taste these items)
  • Essential medicine, which can be verified, in liquid form to sustain you for the flight, such as a diabetic kit

Getting Through Security At Stansted Airport - FAQs

Will my items be screened?

All items carried by passengers will be screened, and this includes:

  • Laptops and electrical items will have to be removed from cabin baggage and screened separately
  • Pushchairs
  • Walking Aids
  • Wheelchairs

What items are prohibited at Gatwick Airport?

Please do not bring any of the following items with you when you travel from Gatwick Airport:

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

When travelling with my baby, what can I carry through security?

Travelling with a small child is often stressful, and while airports are doing what they can to make the process easier, it's still not pleasant. You'll need baby milk for your trip along with food or snacks that he/she will enjoy. Security might request to scan those items at some point during security screening so be prepared!

What are the limits on liquids?

Each liquid container must hold no more than 100ml. All liquid containers must be held in a clear and resealable bag that is no larger than 20cm by 20cm. Be sure to bring your own clear bag for carrying liquids and other potentially hazardous substances. Liquids refer to items including foams, gels, pastes, cosmetics, perfumes, mousses, lotions and creams.

Are my medicines limited?

Yes, medicines have the same restrictions with respect to the 100ml rule as liquids, and you might be asked to authenticate some of the items you carry.

What are the limits on sharp objects?

Unsurprisingly, there are limits on sharp items that you can take through security. You should not carry scissors, razor blades, lighters, fireworks, toy guns, replica guns, darts, pool cues, slingshots, sports bats, non-medical use needles, nails, hammers or screwdrivers through security.

Can I wrap gifts before I go through security?

If you are travelling with gifts, be prepared for them to have additional security checks. This means many people are keen to gift wrap items before they set off, but if you are travelling with these items in your hand luggage, be prepared for them to be subject to additional security checks.