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Manchester Airport Security Information

As we know, enhanced security measures mean that checking in can take longer than it used to. It is advised that you arrive at the airport in plenty of time:

Cabin baggage and size allowed



Please note 'Liquids' include:

The following restrictions on the quantity of liquids apply:


Essential medicines and baby food may be permitted in larger quantities above the 100ml limit, but will be subject to authentication. Please check with the airport prior to your arrival.

Duty free / departure lounge purchases

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

These are the requirements set down by the Department for Transport. Airlines and Airports may have additional measures in place. Passengers are strongly advised to check the website of their carrier or airport before travelling.

Hand Luggage - What Not To Pack

You should always check the exact hand luggage allowance with your airline prior to packing. Most airlines have a hand baggage measurement gauge at check-in.

Make sure that your hand luggage does not contain:

Prohibited Items

ScissorsRazor blades
Knives with blades more than 6cmLighters or gas refills
Tools, hammers, nails, and screwdriversHypodermic needles (unless required for medical reasons)
Toy/replica guns (metal or plastic)Catapults and slingshots
Umbrellas (if not foldable)Sporting bats
Billiard, snooker or pool cuesDarts

If items are confiscated at security control you will not be compensated and, with the exception of unusual circumstances, the confiscated items will not be returned.

Syringes that are needed for diabetics and other medical reasons will only be allowed in hand luggage if you can prove the medical necessity. You may wish to phone the airline in advance to find out what they require as proof of your medical condition.

All Luggage - What Not To Pack

In addition to the restrictions on what is allowed in hand luggage, there are a number of items that must not be taken on board an aircraft, either as hand luggage or in the hold. Please do not pack the following anywhere in your carry on or check in luggage:

Prohibited Items

Flammable liquids and solidsOxidisers
Organic peroxidesGas cylinders
Infectious substancesWet car cell batteries
Instruments containing magnetsInstruments containing mercury
Non-safety matches, fire lighters, lighter fuelPaints, thinners
Poisons, arsenic, cyanide, weedkillerAcids, corrosives, alkalis, caustic soda
Creosote, quicklime, oiled paperRadioactive materials