Security at East Midlands Airport

Don’t let the thought of getting through East Midlands Airport security overwhelm you; luckily as it’s a smaller airport, the process should take less time and it should be less busy; win win!

However, we understand that a lot of people will have several questions when it comes to the process so we have aimed to answer them, starting with;

“How long should I give myself to get through the airport?”

To allow yourself sufficiant time to get checked in, drop your bags, get through security and possibly have a browse through Duty Free before making your way to the gate, we suggest leaving yourself the following;

If you're flying on an international flight, please check in around 3 hours before you fly
If you're flying on a European flight, please check in around 2 hours before your flight
If you're flying on a domestic flight, please check in around 90 minutes before your flight

Cabin Bag information

“What size bag can I use for hand luggage?”

“What am I allowed in my hand lugagge?

Don’t worry; you’re not the only one asking the above questions! Below, we give you the answers to this, plus two other commonly asked questions.

Airport Security - your bag should be no bigger than 56cm x 45cm x 25cm

Airport Security - Liquids no bigger than 100ml
Airport Security - Taking Medicines may require Drs authorisation

Airport security - Travelling with your baby, you can take as much food or milk as is needed for the journey

Airport security - leave sports equipment to the hold!
Airport Security - restricted items include darts, razor blades, slingshots and more
    In addition to the above;

  • As a rule, if an item is too heavy or large to go in your hand luggage, move it to your hold luggage if you have it. This way, you avoid either having to ditch the item or paying an over inflated price to get it on the plane.
  • Check with your airline first, but most will allow musical instruments on as a secondary piece of hand luggage.
  • Make sure electronic devices such as tablets, iPads and laptops are removed from their case prior to being placed in the xray tray.
  • Pushchairs, wheelchairs and other mobility aids are permitted through security, but they too are subject to screening.
  • Only one bag of liquids per person. Liquids that do not fit in the bag size stated above will need to go into the hold.

Medicines and Baby food

  • If you’re taking any liquid medicines exceeding than 100ml, just make sure you have a doctors note stating why
  • If you are carrying syringes, you can take them in your hand lugagge provided you can prove medical necessity with that all important doctors note
  • Enough baby food and milk to last the journey is also allowed through.

Duty free / departure lounge purchases

  • Liquid items of all sizes purchased after security, can be taken on to the aircraft. However, you are not permitted to drink alcohol purchased in the airport on the plane.
  • Retain your proof of purchase throughout your journey as you will be required to show it at all transfer points if applicable.
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

Prohibited Items

You are not permitted to take any of the below items onto an aircraft, beit in the hold or in your hand 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