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Security Journey

Every customer passing through the Airport is required to go through our security processes. We have designed this part of our airport with our customers in mind – to ensure that you find the area as stress free, that we meet the regulatory requirements and that you spend as little time as possible on this part of your journey.

  1. All baggage that is carried in the aircraft hold is screened by x-ray machines. Some items are forbidden in hold baggage. A full list is available on our ‘Hold Baggage Restrictions’ page.
  2. Please ensure that all liquids under 100ml are placed in a separate, sealed plastic bag prior to entering the security area. Guidelines on liquid regulations can be found on our 'Liquids' page. Bags are provided free of charge at Edinburgh Airport.
  3. When you arrive at the security search area, you will be asked to produce your boarding card – this can be an e-boarding card on your airline’s app or a paper boarding card. Our search area has self-service "e-gates" as well as a dedicated family lane.
  4. At the loading station you will be asked to remove everything from your pockets; your belt; if you are wearing a fleece, jacket, thick sweater or coat you will be asked to remove these too and place them in a tray. You may also be asked to remove footwear. All boots will be removed. All of these items should be placed in a tray, together with your correctly packed liquids and any large electrical items which includes laptops, tablets/e-readers and personal appliances.
  5. Some items are forbidden in cabin baggage – A full list is available on our ‘Cabin Baggage Restrictions’ page. Please note that some things that are allowed in hold baggage are not permitted in your carry-on bags. If you are travelling with a baby buggy it will need to be left open and wheeled to the bypass gate at the side of the walk-through metal detector for a manual security check.
  6. Customers will be asked to pass through a walk-through metal detector or the security scanner. If you have a pacemaker/ICD – please let us know before going through any scanning equipment.
  7. As a result of these checks you may be subject to other searches which will be performed by a member of the team, either by hand, handheld metal detector or explosive trace detection equipment. The search may involve a close inspection of your clothing, which includes inside the waistband. Once this is complete you will be able to collect your luggage. The search equally applies to those who need special assistance and families travelling with children: please let us know how we can makes things easier for you.
  8. All items of luggage are screened by x-ray, however we do carry out random checks which may include hand searching, explosive trace detection swabbing and testing of certain liquids, gels or pastes. These processes are carried out in accordance with EU and UK legislation.
  9. Once all of your items have been screened, you can move to the re-packing tables where you can take as much time as you need to repack items into your cabin luggage. It’s much better to repack in these areas – there is more space, less people around you and seats are available too.
  10. If you have a medical condition or a disability please do contact the airport in advance if you have any questions. We have a dedicated Assistance Team who will be happy to help. Additionally you can contact us regarding a security question.

Security areas can be very daunting for some of our customers – and we are happy to explain the processes in advance so that you can be best prepared – this is particularly important if you are travelling with young children or individuals that may need additional support.

At Edinburgh Airport we are also very proud to be working with a number of local charities and organisations to help those who need a little more time or attention. If you are travelling with a guide dog – you should contact your airline in the first instance.

For more information on security and Special Assistance at Security please visit our dedicated page.