Get prepared for travelling at Christmas

Jersey Airport can be especially busy at Christmas, as we look forward to the festive getaway. To help make your journey as smooth and enjoyable as possible, please be prepared for Security by following the advice in this festive video.

Arrive early

We ask our passengers to check-in at the very least two hours before their scheduled departure time and to allow plenty of time (longer than you usually would) for the check-in and Security process, as the volume of passengers and length of queues often takes many people by surprise.

A large volume of passengers, who have not travelled since the Covid-19 pandemic began, may have forgotten the process of travelling through the airport. At Christmas, we can welcome a higher than usual volume of families travelling with babies and small children. This can cause a delay in our Security process, as we spend more time rescreening belongings and carrying out additional security checks, slowing the process down considerably.

We can’t predict how long it will take to go through Security, but if passengers are prepared in advance, this certainly can help to make the journey quicker. As you’ll appreciate, we must carry out our screening procedures thoroughly as it is a regulatory process; we do this to keep all our passengers safe and of course we want to make it as hassle-free as possible for you.

What can be kept in your hand luggage


You should remove any electronic items larger than a mobile phone, such as a Game Console, laptop, tables (such as iPads and Kindles) and large battery packs. Put them in a separate tray to be screened, as this gives the security agent a clearer view of the item.


Liquids include:

  • all drinks including water
  • contact lens solution
  • cosmetics and toiletries, including creams, lotions, oils, perfumes, mascara and lip gloss
  • gels, including hair and shower gel
  • liquid or semi liquid foods, for example soup, jam, honey, Black Butter and any syrups
  • pastes, including toothpaste
  • sprays, including shaving foam, hairspray and spray deodorants
  • any other solutions and items of similar consistency

All liquids must be 100ml or less to be taken through Security and put in a clear resealable bag, which is smaller than 20cm by 20cm. The exceptions to this are essential medicines, special dietary requirement foods, baby milk and baby food.

Please take into consideration that if you have a gift that includes over 100 ml of liquid, such as perfume or toiletries gift sets, it will be confiscated.

Christmas presents

From time to time, items in your hand luggage have to be opened, searched and rescreened. If a restricted item is inside a wrapped gift, or an item is identified as suspicious, the Security Agent is legally required to open the gift. This means there is always a risk that all your hard work of wrapping a beautiful present is wasted. Why not opt for a gift bag, as this is easier to open or place the gift in your hold luggage, if safe to do so.

Other festive things that should go in your suitcase

  • Christmas pudding
  • Crackers
  • Cranberry sauce and brandy butter
  • Party poppers
  • Presents that could be considered a weapon, such as toy guns
  • Snow globes
  • Soft cheeses such as camembert, that can turn to a liquid in the heat of the journey

A reminder of other items that must go in your suitcase

Items such as corkscrews, non-safety matches, knives and scissors larger than 6cm blades must go in your hold luggage. In addition, any item that could be classed as a danger to passengers, crew and the aircraft.

This list is not exhaustive. It is up to the discretion of the Supervisor/Airport Security Manager on shift to assess the item.

For all the general information and advice on getting ready for Security, including more information on travelling with babies and young children, duty free goods and being screened, go to our Security page.