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Guernsey Airport is making improvements to its hold baggage (the bags passengers check in at the check-in desk) handling system. If you are travelling with hold luggage items out of the airport, your luggage may be selected for a hand search which will be carried out by security staff. Please use this link for further information.

We know travelling and be an exciting or a stressful experience for all our passengers. Knowing what you can and cannot take with you can make security screening a pleasant experience as possible please follow our advice and tips below to be prepared. 

Our general advice is to make sure you arrive early at the airport, at least 90 minutes prior to departure for all flights and destinations and allow plenty of time for security screening. This is vital if you are travelling with hold luggage.

  • Airlines flying from Guernsey/Alderney Airports have their own restrictions on weight allowance for hold and hand baggage. It’s down to you to make sure the number of hand baggage items you take through security meets your airline’s guidelines. This means you avoid being refused entry at the boarding gate.
  • Have only your boarding pass (electronic or a paper version) ready for inspection.

  • Have all your toiletries, aftershaves, perfumes, cosmetics, gels and pastes (in containers of 100ml or less) in a transparent resealable plastic bag. Please carry these items outside of hand luggage, this is so they can be screened separately.

  • Please remove all items of outer clothing coats. This includes all coats, jackets, fleeces, hoodies with or without zips, scarfs, hats, large items of jewellery, and belts, these will all be screened separately.

  • Remove your electronic device(s) (laptop, tablet or mobile devices) and any other large electrical items from your hand baggage. These items will be screened separately.

  • You may be asked by security staff to remove your footwear before going through the security archway.

  • If you able to stand unaided, you may be asked to enter the body scanner.

  • If you need a Sunflower Lanyard please ask for one at the Airport Infomation Desk before entering the security screening area.

Lithium batteries: Your phone, laptop and other electronic devices may contain lithium batteries.

Lithium batteries and e-cigarettes are dangerous goods. Please do not carry such items in your hold baggage, please carry them instead with you as items of hand baggage. Follow this link for further information on Lithium batteries.



Hold Baggage System Upgrade

Guernsey Airport is making improvements to the system we use to manage and process your hold baggage (the bags you check in at the check-in desk).

Whilst we carry out this project, you may have to have your hold baggage hand-searched before you go through security and on to departures.

Once the search is complete, your bag will be loaded onto the aircraft as normal and you are free to proceed through security to the departure lounge.

Hold Baggage

Find out what you should not pack in your hold baggage, and tips and advice for checking in hold items prior to your flight.


Permitted Liquids, Gels, and Pastes

Travel size toiletries - 100ml max
In a clear plastic, re-sealable bag
No bigger than 20cm x 20cm
(external to your ONE bag)

The definition of liquids includes gels, pastes, lotions, liquid/solid mixtures and the content of pressurised container e.g. toothpaste, hair gel, lip gloss (solid lip sticks may be carried), drinks, soups, syrups, perfume, deodorant, shaving foam, aerosols etc.

Hand Baggage

Our advice is to carry the minimum of hand baggage, and make sure you arrive early at the airport and allow plenty of time for security screening.


Frequently Asked Questions - Security

Find the answers to some of the frequently asked questions asked about security at Guernsey and Alderney Airport's.

Body Scanning at Guernsey Airport

If a passenger activates the archway metal detector, they will be asked to enter a body scanner, rather than be subjected to a physical whole body search. Find out more informaton on how the system works.