Journey as of late is worrying sufficient … that’s after all when you can afford to do it within the first place.

However there’s one aspect to getting on a aircraft which appears to bamboozle and confuse even probably the most seasoned of travellers – going by means of airport safety.

Everyone knows the fundamentals; what we must always dump within the trays, what clothes to take off, remembering to take out that laptop computer, however for some cause minds go clean and stress ranges rise, as travellers purpose to keep away from that ‘beep’ that one thing is up whereas holding up a queue of tutting passengers.

And that’s earlier than the ‘thrill’ of ready to see in case your bag will make it straight down the conveyor belt after the X-ray or be unceremoniously nudged to the facet for additional screening.

So with April seeing among the busiest passenger numbers at our airports thanks to high school holidays and public holidays, right here’s a information on the fundamentals of airport safety and among the quirky issues chances are you’ll not assume might be confiscated, however truly will (spoiler: peanut butter).

If you have a laptop, pull it out now and put in a separate tray.


In case you have a laptop computer, pull it out now and put in a separate tray.

How quickly ought to I flip up at safety?

Aviation Safety Service (AvSec) say at busy occasions to purpose for 90 minutes for home flights and three hours for worldwide. That will sound like a very long time to finish up ready, however it’s at all times higher to be protected than sorry. Though maybe don’t arrive every week early in your flight.

When you wait within the queue

Attempt to do as a lot as you possibly can when you shuffle alongside within the queue so that you don’t maintain everybody up at tray time. Take off that coat, pop telephones, wallets, chunky jewelry, into your bag. Just about something you assume will set off the sensor, now’s the time to chuck into your bag. One warning although, when you pack an excessive amount of stuff into your bag it might get some additional screening.

Additionally end off that espresso or smoothie now, you possibly can’t convey it by means of. Drinks in takeaway cups can’t undergo safety as a result of all “unfastened” objects should be positioned in trays, and so they might leak and harm the machines. Equally, they will’t be carried by means of the physique scanning machines as a result of they may spill. Liquids in vessels with a sealable lid, corresponding to screw-top drink bottles, can nonetheless be taken by means of.

You’ve reached the trays

In case you have a laptop computer, pull it out now and put in a separate tray. Your coat and bag goes into one other tray. In case you have sneakers or boots which might be above the ankle, or metal capped and dealing boots, take these off and pop right into a tray as properly. Chunky belts and hello vis tops additionally want to come back off now.

For worldwide flights, additionally take out any powders, liquids, aerosols and gels which might be the allowed 100ml or much less. You need to try to pre-pack this stuff right into a re-sealable 20cm by 20cm plastic bag. Bear in mind that it’s the measurement of the container that counts and never its content material, so if a container is bigger than 100ml and the content material is lower than 100ml, the merchandise will nonetheless be prohibited.

Any uncommon merchandise that could possibly be confiscated?

If you’re heading abroad higher go away the Pic’s Peanut Butter and marmite at house as these are categorised as liquids. The overall rule is when you can spill, smear, unfold, or spray it, then the merchandise might be affected by the restrictions.

Powders even have a restrict and should not exceed 350 millilitres, or 350 grams per particular person. These are outlined as “high quality dry particles produced by the grinding, crushing, or disintegration of a stable substance (for instance, flour, sugar, floor espresso, spices, powdered milk, child system or cosmetics)”. So maybe don’t journey with bathtub bombs, sand or some foot powders. A full listing might be discovered right here.

Batteries are one other merchandise usually forgotten about and AvSec eliminated greater than 190,000 batteries from passengers’ carry-on and checked-in baggage in 2022. All spare or unfastened batteries are prohibited from checked-in baggage however in carry-on they have to be protected by packaging or terminals coated and every passenger is allowed a complete of 20 spare batteries.

Additionally people who smoke, you’re solely allowed one lighter in your carry-on.

I’ve needed to undergo the physique scanner, what can they see?

You may be requested to undergo Superior Picture Know-how (AIT), aka the one the place it’s important to put your fingers up. There are actually 25 of the AIT machines working all through the nation.

A display screen subsequent to the machine shows a genderless determine, which can spotlight any concern areas. An officer might carry out a pat down within the goal space, relying on what was discovered. No photographs are saved.

So my bag simply acquired pushed down for additional screening, what now?

In some instances it could simply be a examine as a consequence of an anomaly seen within the X-ray, or there are loads of objects in a single place. But when the rest is discovered that’s not allowed on the aircraft, passengers should voluntarily relinquish the merchandise. If travellers don’t give them up, then the journey ends right here and the airline might be suggested of the refusal.