Security and hand baggage


New CT scanners have been installed at Jersey Airport, which means you can leave liquids and electronics in your hand baggage to go through Security.

Further screening or bag search is sometimes required to comply with UK National Aviation Security regulations.

The new screening equipment is being rolled out at most UK airports, which have until June 2024 to upgrade their equipment and processes. Until then, please check what you can take through Security at every airport you are travelling through, as the rules may be different at each one.

There are no changes to the rules on carrying dangerous goods.

Checklist for travellers

  • Leave liquids, laptops, tablets, and other electronic devices in your hand baggage
  • If you have more than one electronic device, you are advised to leave one device in your bag and place any others in a separate tray
  • Liquids and gels in containers of up to 2 litres are allowed in your hand luggage
  • Only one cigarette lighter is allowed per person
  • Be sure to declare any camera film to the Security Officer before it enters the CT scanner
  • Always follow the security officer’s instructions
  • Allow plenty of time to go through Check-in and Security, especially during busy periods. We recommend arriving at least two hours before departure time

Hand baggage

Electronic devices

New UK Government requirements may require passengers on some UK routes to show that electronic devices in their hand luggage are powered up. So you are advised to charge electronic devices before you travel with them in your hand luggage.

Items that resemble prohibited items

Any items that resemble prohibited items are not permitted. This includes toy guns, replica and imitation firearms, and perfume or aftershave bottles that resemble grenades or other firearms.

Restricted fragrance

Spicebomb in a clear glass bottle is allowed in hand baggage.

Spicebomb in a black opaque bottle is prohibited and is not allowed in hand baggage.

A comprehensive list of prohibited items is available on the Civil Aviation Authority’s website.

Security body scanners

New body scanners have been installed, providing an additional layer of security. Passengers will need to take further steps before going through the scanners.

  • Empty pockets of everything – including tissues, passports, phones, and boarding passes
  • Remove belts, digital watches and chunky jewellery
  • The machines can scan people who are 1-2 metres in height. Anyone outside these parameters will need to be searched by hand

Further information on how they work is available.

Simple steps to ease you through Security

  • Have your boarding cards ready for inspection
  • Remove coats, hats, scarves, belts, anything from your pockets, such as keys, coins, wallets and phones and place inside your bag
  • Take off heeled shoes or boots or any footwear with large buckles and / or other metal decorations and embellishments
  • Put all small, loose items into your bag(s) and place in a security tray
  • Follow the instructions of the security officer and proceed through the security archway when asked.
  • If you are pregnant or wearing a pacemaker, you may ask a member of the security team for a hand search (in private if required)
  • If the alarm is activated when you walk through the security archway you will be hand-searched and scanned
  • Collect your trays after screening and repack in the specified area
  • Return your empty tray(s) to the tray return system

Frequently asked questions

How much liquid can I take through Security?

Passengers travelling through Jersey Airport can carry liquids, aerosols and gels in containers up to a maximum volume of 2 litres.

Some liquids are limited due to dangerous goods rules

Please note that other airports across UK and Europe may not have the same liquids allowance.

What does this mean for aviation security?

The UK and Channel Islands have a robust aviation security regime, but we want to remain at the forefront of aviation security by introducing this ground-breaking technology.

Will I be able to arrive at the airport later?

Please allow plenty of time to go through Check-in and Security, especially during busy periods. Jersey Airport recommends that you arrive at least two hours before your departure time.

Why was my bag searched?

The CT scanner will reject a bag if it cannot identify the contents. A search by a security officer will then be required.

Thank you for your cooperation. We wish you a safe and pleasant journey.

Updated: November 2023