Cardiff Airport Security

Bear in mind that getting through security can sometimes take a while; making sure your liquids are under 100ml and stored in a clear, resealable plastic bag as well as placing phones, laptops and metal items suh as belts in your tray will greatly speed up the process. To ensure you don't cut it too fine, allow yourself the below amount of time to check in, get through security and get to your gate;
Domestic Flights from Cardiff
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Hand Luggage - What you can and can't pack

Remember, each airline will have its own policy regarding hand luggage restrictions so please remember to check with your airline before travelling. Check out our handy infographic which details what the standard hand luggage requirements are, including what not to pack!

Security at Cardiff
Security at Cardiff
Security at Cardiff
Security at Cardiff
Security at Cardiff
Security at Cardiff

Cardiff Airport Security - additional things to note:

Cardiff Liquid Allowance:
  • Essential medicines in liquid form sufficient and essential for the flight (e.g. diabetic kit), as long as it is verified as authentic.
  • 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. However, depending on the airline, it may be required to be placed within your hand luggage when boarding the plane.

All items carried by passengers will be x-ray screened, including.
  • Pushchairs, walking aids and wheelchairs.
  • Laptops 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.
After 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 they are travelling to the USA. For more information, please visit

Duty-Free and Departure Lounge Purchases

 Security at Heathrow Airport

Any liquid items purchased in Duty-Free can be taken on board the plane, but be sure to retain any proof of purchase as this may be required at transfer points.

**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 UK Border Agency's website.

The above requirements are enforced by HM Revenue & Customs, whilst airlines and airports may have additional measures in place. It's always advised that you check the additional requirements when you book your flight.

Presents and Gifts

Wrapped Christmas presents are not exempt from the current aviation security measures and are subject to searching and screening measures by airport security staff when flying from the UK. Passengers may be asked to unwrap any presents by security staff at the airport before their journey. Therefore, passengers should travel with any presents unwrapped.

Presents in liquid form (e.g. perfume, toiletries or alcohol) can be carried in cabin baggage but this is subject to the current measures. It would therefore be advisable to place such presents - unwrapped - in hold baggage. Liquids of any amount can still be stored in hold baggage.

Cardiff Airport Security - Prohibited Items

Here are a number of other items that must not be taken on board an aircraft or through security, either as hand luggage or in the hold. Please do not pack the following anywhere in your carry on or check in luggage:

Flammable liquids and solids Oxidisers
Organic peroxides Gas cylinders
Infectious substances Wet car cell batteries
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