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This is the security procedure taken from Manchester International Airport website, Airport Xpress take no responsibility if any of this information is incorrect.

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Security Procedure

At Manchester Airport, we make the safety and security of customers and staff our absolute priority. To make your journey as smooth as possible and avoid unnecessary delays, we ask that you pay special attention to our security procedure.

To ensure your journey is a smooth one, please ensure that you read the latest regulations about what you can and cannot take on board the aircraft.

Hand baggage

Manchester Airport have lifted the 1 bag per passenger rule.

We would remind all passengers that each airline has their own policy regarding the amount of hand baggage allowed on their aircraft and we strongly recommend that information regarding this is sought directly from the Airline before travel.

The current restrictions on the size of hand baggage taken into the restricted area of the airport remain in place with no bag larger than 56cm x 45cm x 25cm being permitted.


Passengers will be allowed to take liquids, gels and pastes of 100mls or less in their hand baggage. These items must be contained within a small, transparent re-sealable plastic bag, which will have to be removed from their hand baggage and x-rayed separately.

To save time and expense please come prepared with your own correct sized plastic bag, however you can purchase plastic bags in the terminals.

Plastic bags are sold in all Terminals with two bags available for £1, if you forget to bring your own. Plastic bag dispensers are conveniently located in multiple sites around check-in and security alongside coin change machines.

The new rules stipulate that the plastic bag must not exceed one litre capacity per passenger - that’s around half the size of a standard A4 piece of paper and it must be sealable. The bag can contain two or more items of less than 100mls/100g each but must not be cluttered to allow security officers to carry out thorough checks.

Liquids include:

Water and other drinks, soups, syrups

Creams, lotions and oils




Gels, including hair and shower gels

Contents of pressurized containers, including shaving foam, other foams and deodorants

Pastes, including toothpaste

Liquid-solid mixtures


Any other item of a similar consistency.

If you are in doubt on any of the liquid, gels or pastes restrictions then pack them into your suitcase when you check-in your hold luggage.

Hold and Hand Luggage

Hold and hand luggage must be below a certain weight and size. Please check with your airline for more information.

  • Do not pack sharp objects
  • Do not carry items for other people
  • Do not leave your baggage unattended at any time
  • It is an offense to carry any of the following items into the aircraft cabin:
  • Toy or replica guns (plastic or metal)
  • Knives with blades more than 6cm
  • Razor blades
  • Disposable lighters or gas refills
  • Scissors -with blades more than 6cm
  • Hypodermic syringes (unless supported by medical evidence)
  • Builder’s tools
  • Hammers, nails, screwdrivers
  • Darts
  • Sporting bats
  • Billiard, snooker or pool cues
  • Catapults and slingshots
  • Umbrellas - unless foldable
  • Acid
  • Explosives
  • Gas cartridges or refills
  • Paint
  • Lighter fuel
  • Mercury
  • Restraining Items - handcuffs, fishing line, restraining tape.

Large electrical items / Laptops

Laptops and other complex items of electrical equipment have to be removed from hand luggage and screened separately.

Medicines and Baby Foods

Passengers will also be allowed to carry in their hand luggage medicines and dietary requirements including baby foods, for use during the flight.

A passenger may take prescription medication in containers over 100ml through security, provided that they have a prescription or doctors note for the medication. The passenger may only carry through security the quantity of liquid medication that is required for their journey.

Passengers will be able to buy liquids including drinks and perfumes either in an EU airport shop after security control, or on board an aircraft operated by an EU airline. If they are sold in a special sealed bag, passengers must not open them before they are screened otherwise the contents may be confiscated at the security checkpoint. Parents WILL be asked to sample baby milk and food and also those people with dietary requirements (these can be any size).

Body Scanners

From February 2010 additional Government legislation came into operation at this airport. Any selected passenger who refuses to use the scanner will be denied travel. More information

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