Newcastle Airport Security Information

Enhanced security measures means that checking in can take longer than it used to. It is advised that you arrive at the airport in plenty of time:

  • International flights – check in 3 hours prior to departure
  • European flights – check in 2 hours prior to departure
  • Domestic flights – check in 90 minutes prior to departure

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.

Take only one piece of hand luggage and make sure that your hand luggage does not contain:

Prohibited Items

Razor blades
Knives with blades of any length
Household cutlery
Hypodermic needles (unless required for medical reasons)
Tools Toy/replica guns (metal or plastic) & Catapults
Knitting needles
Sporting bats, billiard, snooker or pool cues & darts

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.

Hand Luggage – New Security Measures.


Passengers are requested to be patient while additional security measures are in place, allow extra time for their journey and be prepared for possible delays. New rules were put in place regarding the security restrictions at UK airports on 22 September 2006. The revised security measures allow for:

  • an increase in the size of the hand baggage permitted onboard (ONE item of hand baggage is allowed; dimensions: 56 centimetres long [approximately 22 inches], 45 centimetres high [approximately 17.5 inches], 25 centimetres deep [approximately 9.85 inches] including wheels, handles, side pocket).
  • Musical instruments which do not fit in the permitted cabin baggage size are allowed as a second item of cabin baggage, they will need to be screened.

The following items are allowed in hand (cabin) baggage but must be contained within a see through re-sealable plastic bag:

  • Any cosmetics up to 100ml
  • Any toiletries, including toothpaste, hair gel, lotions, perfume, deodorant, shaving foam, aerosols, etc up to 100ml
  • Any liquids, any drinks (The definition of liquids includes gels, pastes, lotions, liquid/solid mixtures and the contents of pressurised containers, e.g. toothpaste, hair gel, drinks, soups, syrups, perfume, deodorant, shaving foam, aerosols, gel pens, gel bras etc.) up to 100ml

The following liquids are allowed:

  • Essential medicines in liquid form sufficient and essential for the flight (e.g. diabetic kit), as long as it is verified as authentic. Medicines in solid form continue to be permitted.
  • Baby milk and liquid baby food (the contents of each bottle or jar must be tasted by the accompanying passenger).

Please note: Other bags, such as handbags, may be carried within the single item of cabin baggage.

All items carried by passengers will be x-ray screened.Pushchairs, walking aids and wheelchairs are permitted but will be screened.

aptops and other large electrical items (e.g. a large hairdryer) have to be removed from cabin baggage and screened separately. (A laptop bag will be regarded as your one item that is allowed in the cabin).

Before security: all shops and catering outlets are open to all passengers. Hand baggage is now allowed BUT any liquids and gels must be packed into your hold luggage for check-in. Any other purchases must fit into your hand baggage.

Once through security: all shops and catering outlets are open to all passengers. Passengers can take all items purchased in the departures lounge into the aircraft cabin, unless you are travelling to the USA. All passengers boarding flights to the USA are not permitted to take any liquid or gel items into the aircraft cabin.

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 solids Oxidisers
Organic peroxides Infectious substances
Wet car cell batteries Gas cylinders
Instruments containing magnets Instruments containing mercury
Magnetrons Fireworks
Non-safety matches, fire lighters, lighter fuel, paints, thinners Poisons, arsenic, cyanide, weedkiller
Acids & corrosives Alkalis & caustic soda
Creosote, quicklime, oiled paper Radioactive materials