What am I allowed to take through security as part of my hand-luggage?
Knowing what is allowed and what is not allowed before you arrive, as well as allowing yourself plenty of time to follow all the security procedures when you get to Guernsey or Alderney Airports; will save you time and inconvenience and make your journey more enjoyable.
Lithium batteries are not permitted in your checked-in luggage, they must be carried in hand-luggage. Follow this link for further information on Lithium Batteries.
Any hiking or walking pole that has a pointed or sharp end will not be allowed to be carried through as hand luggage, this includes poles which have a rubber cover which can be removed exposing a sharp point. Rubber rounded end hiking/walking poles will be permitted. If you have any doubts, then please check the item in as hold luggage.
If required, special assistance arrangements can be pre-booked through your airline and/or tour operator prior to your arrival at the terminal.
The following items are also forbidden: Toy or replica guns (including water pistols), firearms of any description, component parts of firearms, ammunition of any description, catapults or slingshots, razor blades, sports bats, fishing rods, knives, scissors with a sharp or pointed blade, tools of any description, darts and hypodermic syringes (unless for medical reasons). Please note that this is not a definitive or exhaustive list, and if in doubt please check with your airline before your day of travel.
Cigarettes, e-cigarettes (personal vaporisers) and other tobacco products are allowed in your hand baggage. Please note that matches and lighters are not allowed in hand or checked in baggage. Passengers are allowed to carry one lighter through security. This must be placed within a single, transparent plastic bag, along with all other liquids. The contents must fit comfortably inside the bag so that it can be sealed.
Please note that e-cigarettes are not allowed in hold baggage.
Smoking of cigarettes and e-cigarettes is not permitted inside the terminal building, in the airside environment or on most airlines.
You are welcome to take drinks in cans, bottles, plastic containers and cartons, but these cannot be over 100ml. They also need to be carried in a transparent, re-sealable, airtight bag. The size of the bag must be no larger than 20cm x 20cm and is restricted to one per person. Remember, once through security you can buy drinks in the departure area.
You can carry fruit, vegetables and all solid foods in your hand baggage. However, foods in sauces or with a high liquid content (such as sauces, pastes, soups and stews) need to go in the same transparent bag as any liquids, creams, gels and pastes. The size of container must not exceed 100ml, regardless of the amount contained inside. Please note that jams, honey and other preserves are also subject to these restrictions.
Please click here to read our information on taking baby food, baby milk and sterilised water for the journey.
Medicines and Medical Equipment:
Medicines cannot exceed the 100ml maximum, and must be kept in the one transparent, re-sealable bag. There is no limit for powder or pills. If your medical needs mean you must carry more, you will need approval from your airline. Always carry your prescription with you, or a written statement from a medical professional. All medicines are subject to additional security screening.
Insulin, epipen, hypodermic needles and medicines must be tested and verified by the passenger, as must children’s medicine.
Please check with your airline about your requirements before travelling, but be reassured that if you have a genuine medical condition (supported by a letter from your GP or hospital) then there should be no problem with taking such items on board the aircraft. However, please ensure that you get the consent of the airline with whom you are travelling before arriving at the airport to ensure that you do not experience any problems on your day of travel.
Please pack any equipment that you need responsibly to minimise the likelihood of security staff incurring puncture wounds. Please notify our security staff that your hand baggage contains your equipment when you present it at security control.
Inhalers are allowed in hand baggage, but you must pack spare canisters in your hold baggage. As for essential medical equipment, you will need prior approval from your airline, unless it fits within your hand baggage. It is recommended that you clearly mark it ‘essential medical equipment’.