Getting Through Security At Heathrow Airport

Security At Heathrow Airport

Worried about getting through security at Heathrow Airport? You don’t have to be, and we are here to assist you. Here is some information that should help answer any questions you might have.

A very commonly asked question when it comes to getting through security at Heathrow Airport is:

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

It is best to allow yourself enough time for check-in, going through security and making your way to gate as well as spending a little bit of time in Duty Free if you are in the mood for shopping! 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 Heathrow Airport

Liquid allowance at Heathrow Airport

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

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

Getting Through Security At Heathrow Airport - FAQs

Will my items be screened?

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

What items are prohibited at Heathrow Airport?

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

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

Can I take a coach between Heathrow Airport and Stansted Airport?

No direct coach service runs between Heathrow and Stansted. It is possible to travel by coach from Heathrow to London Victoria, and then from London Victoria to Stansted Airport. National Express run these services, and in total, the trip will take around three hours, at a cost of £24 (at the last review).

When travelling with my baby, what can I tale through?

Travelling with a small child is often stressful, and airports and airlines are keen to make the process easier. You can pass through security with a sufficient amount of baby milk, food and sterilised water for the length of the journey. Security might request to scan these items.

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. Liquids refer to items including foams, gels, pastes, cosmetics, perfumes, mousses, lotions and creams.

Are my medicines limited?

Yes, medicines are restricted to the same 100ml rule as liquids, and you might be asked to authenticate some of the items you carry.

What are the limits on sharp objects?

As you would expect, there are limits on sharp items that you can take through security. You should avoid taking scissors, razor blades, lighters, fireworks, toy guns, replica guns, darts, pool cues, slingshots, sports bats, non-medical use needles, nails, hammers or screwdrivers.

Can I wrap gifts before I go through security?

If you are travelling to visit friends, family members or loved ones, you might have gifts with you. 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.

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