Stansted Airport Security

Any passenger departing from London Stansted will have to pass through airport security control after check-in. You should aim to arrive at the airport in plenty of time:

  • International flights – check in 3 hours prior to departure
  • European flights – check in 2 hours prior to departure
  • Domestic flights – check in 2 hours prior to departure.
  • All charter flights – check in 3 hours prior to departure.

Getting through security: 4 easy steps


    • Put toiletries, make-up, perfume and aftershave into one clear resealable bag (max size 20cm x 20cm). Ensure each item is less than 100ml, and keep this bag out of your hand luggage, ready for inspection.
    • If taking your electrical items in hand luggage, remove them from your bag when at security check, before you reach the security x-ray area. These items include: laptops, hair dryers, hair straighteners, docking stations, large cameras, speakers, irons, tablets.


    • Before reaching security area, remove coats, jackets, belts, jumpers, high heel shoes, watches, metal jewellery.

Loose items

    • Empty your pockets! Please remove these from your trousers and shirt pockets: keys, mobile phones, coins, other metal items.

Hand Luggage

  • The airline you are flying with will have their own size and weight restrictions applied to cabin bags (hand luggage). Please ask your airline for more details. For example, easyJet allows 1 item of cabin luggage per passenger, with the size limit set to 50cm x 40cm x 20cm, including handles and wheels.
  • All items of luggage which do not fit in the permitted cabin baggage size must be checked in to be placed in the aircraft hold.
  • Musical instruments which do not fit in the permitted cabin baggage size are allowed as a second item of cabin baggage, they will need to be screened and passengers should check with their airlines if special arrangements (e.g. purchasing an extra seat) for these large instruments will be required.
  • Laptops and other large electrical items (e.g. a large hairdryer) have to be removed from cabin baggage and screened separately.
  • Pushchairs, walking aids and wheelchairs are permitted but will be screened.
  • If items are confiscated at security control you will not be compensated and, with the exception of unusual circumstances, the confiscated items will not be returned.
  • Syringes that are needed for diabetics and other medical reasons will only be allowed in hand luggage if you can prove the medical necessity. You may wish to phone the airline in advance to find out what they require as proof of your medical condition.


Essential medicines and baby food may be permitted in larger quantities above the 100ml limit, but will be subject to authentication.

Duty free / departure lounge purchases

  • You may take on board liquid items of any size that are purchased after the security check in the Departure lounge.
  • Most duty free or similar purchases will be given to you in a special sealed bag. Do not open this bag until you have reached your final destination. You should also retain your proof of purchase throughout your journey. You will be required to show it at all transfer points.

Please note restrictions apply to duty free purchases made on return journeys where passengers change flights at an EU airport. These are explained in detail on the website.

These are the requirements set down by the Department for Transport. Airlines and Airports may have additional measures in place. Passengers are strongly advised to check the website of their carrier or airport before travelling.

All Luggage – What Not To Pack

In addition to the restrictions on what is allowed in hand luggage, there are a number of items that must not be taken on board an aircraft, either as hand luggage or in the hold. Please do not pack the following anywhere in your carry on or check in luggage:

Prohibited Items
Flammable liquids and solids Oxidisers
Organic peroxides Gas cylinders
Infectious substances Wet car cell batteries
Instruments containing magnets Instruments containing mercury
Magnetrons Fireworks
Non-safety matches, fire lighters, lighter fuel Paints, thinners
Poisons, arsenic, cyanide, weedkiller Acids, corrosives, alkalis, caustic soda
Creosote, quicklime, oiled paper Radioactive materials

Page last updated 26th August 2016.