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Security Procedures

Security Steps

Before the airport

Before you arrive at Bournemouth Airport, make sure you have a valid passport (and visa where necessary) for your trip.

Many authorities require a passport that’s valid for at least six months from the time you fly.

If you need help and advice, visit the UK Passport website.

On domestic flights, airlines now require to see appropriate photo identity. Please check with your airline about which forms of photo identity are acceptable.

Check-In times

Please check your ticket or travel itinerary, or contact your airline for advice on check in times. Generally, check in desks open 2-3 hours before the flight is due to depart.

At the airport

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

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.

Liquids, Medication and Baby Food

If you need to, you can take small quantities of liquids through security. But only if they are carried in a single, clear, re-sealable plastic bag and each item is placed in a separate container no greater than 100ml/100g. A re-sealable freezer bag – approximately 20cm x 20cm or smaller - is about the right size.

Liquids include:

  • Water and other drinks, soups and syrups
  • Creams, lotions and oils
  • Perfumes Sprays Gels, including hair and shower gels
  • Contents of pressurised containers, including shaving foam, other foams and deodorants
  • Pastes, including toothpaste Liquid-solid mixtures
  • Mascara
  • Any other item of a similar consistency

Liquids of any size can still be checked into the hold, so it’s best to put these in your main suitcase. You can always buy drinks or toiletries in the departure lounge if you need to, since the goods will have been security screened beforehand.

Containers larger than 100ml/100g such as drinks bottles (including water), even though it might only contain 100ml/100g, are NOT permitted.

Essential medicines that you will need during your trip must be checked through security. Again, they have to be in your clear, plastic, re-sealable bag and in containers of less than 100ml/100g.

For essential medicines of more than 100ml/100g, you will require supporting documentation from a relevant qualified medical professional and prior approval from the airline. This applies to everything from cough medicine through to insulin.

Liquid baby food or sterilised water, sufficient for the journey, can be taken through airport security.

Laptops and large electrical items

Laptop computers and other complex items of electrical equipment must be removed from hand luggage and screened separately.

Large printer cartridges (i.e. those over 500 grammes) will not be permitted in passenger baggage at any UK airport.

Electronics Ban – Inbound Flights from Turkey

In line with the Government announcement regarding all UK airports, electronic items larger than 16 x 9.3 x 1.5 cm will not be allowed into the cabin of flights coming into Bournemouth Airport from Turkey.

These items must go into the hold and passengers are advised to liaise with their airline on how to facilitate this.

This will only affect passengers flying into Bournemouth from Turkey, and not any departing from here. It will however affect passengers’ return journey, when they come back into Bournemouth Airport.

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Musical instruments

Large musical instruments will be allowed as an extra item of hand luggage, but these will be screened separately.

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