Preparing for the Festive Get-Away 2016

From Jersey Airport,
14 December 2016

With just days to go before the festive 'Get-Away' begins this weekend, Ports of Jersey is once again reminding air passengers to contact their airline before travelling should they have questions or concerns over what goods they are permitted to carry on board the aircraft; in particular, any wrapped presents must be carried within checked-in hold luggage while those carried as part of hand baggage must remain unwrapped and will be subject to a physical search.

'Liquid' items, including perfumes, pastes, gels, jams, preserves, dairy products and lotions must be carried as part of checked-in luggage. However, these items carried in containers of less than 100ml are permitted in hand-luggage but must be placed in a single, clear re-sealable bag and presented at central security search, where they will be subject to a liquid testing process.

Ports of Jersey issues this timely seasonal advice to passengers so as to avoid items being refused carriage at security search. On behalf of the organisation, Alan Donald, said: "It's inevitable that at this time of year passengers will be travelling with a higher than usual number of gifts and we want their journey with us to be as smooth and as comfortable as possible. Although stringent security measurements remain in place, which all airports adhere to, even during the festive period, we hope that by giving our passengers a  timely reminder of what they are permitted to carry on board, it will decrease the risk they take of having items denied boarding at central security search."

Air passengers who are considering carrying Christmas Crackers should contact their airline before travel to enquire whether they will be permitted on board, as policy can differ. However, no home-made crackers, 'Party Poppers' or any other types of explosive devices are permitted to be carried in the cabin or in the baggage hold by any airline.

Items that do carry restrictions can be found on the 'Safety & Security Requirements' page online at However, the advice to any passenger with specific queries as to what they are permitted to carry is to contact their individual airline before travelling for clarification.

Ports of Jersey is expecting to handle in excess of 40,000 air and sea passengers through its terminals up to Christmas Eve with Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 December currently the two busiest days.

As the terminals will be busy passengers should allow more time than usual to check-in, access bag drop and pass through central security search. In particular, passengers are being advised to note the departure gate 'closing time' as this can vary from airline to airline and failure to arrive in time will result in passengers being prevented from boarding the aircraft.

With an increase in the year already of more than 57,000 passengers, it looks likely that the number of air passengers for 2016 will exceed the 1.53m mark set last year. Up to the end of November 1,487,277 air passengers have passed through Jersey Airport, an increase of +4%.  

Up to the end of November 2016, sea passenger numbers are down by -14% on the previous year with 636,666 passengers travelling this year compared to 743,982 in 2015.