Edinburgh Airport Security

Getting through security at Edinburgh Airport may seem like a daunting thought to some, but it needn't be! This page should hopefully answer some of those questions about what you can and can't take on board, but first, we'll start with this one; "How long should I give myself to get through the airport?".

Well, to allow yourself sufficient time to check-in, get through security and make your way to the gate, as well as spend a little time in Duty-Free of course, we'd advise allowing yourself the following times;

International Check In time is around 3 hours
European Check In time is around 2 hours
Domestic Check In time is around 90 minutes

Hand Luggage - What you can and can't pack

Two of the most frequently asked questions when packing your hand luggage is how big your bag is allowed to be and what you're allowed to take. If this is you, hopefully, the below will answer your questions:

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In addition to the above;

  • If an item does not fit into your hand luggage, it must go in the hold. This should be done before you check your hold luggage or you risk paying an inflated fee to check the item.
  • Large pieces of musical equipment can be taken on board as a 2nd piece of hand luggage, but this is dependant on the airline you're flying with. Please check this with them before you book.
  • Carrying a laptop? Be sure to remove it from your hand luggage bag before you put it through for screening
  • You are free to take pushchairs, wheelchairs and other mobility aids through security, but they too are subject to screening.
  • Only one bag of liquids per person. Liquids that do not fit in the bag size stated above will need to go into the hold.

Medicines and Baby food

  • Medicines are permitted in larger quantities than the 100ml but it is best to obtain a doctors note to save too much questioning at security.
  • Syringes that are needed for diabetics and other medical reasons will only be allowed in hand luggage if you can prove the medical necessity. Phone your airline/airport for clarification on what they would deem proof if you're unsure.
  • Enough baby food and milk to last the journey is also allowed through.

Duty-free/departure lounge purchases

  • Any liquid items purchased after security, of any size, can be taken on to the aircraft. Please be mindful however that you can't drink alcohol purchased in the airport on the plane.
  • Retain your proof of purchase throughout your journey as you will be required to show it at all transfer points if applicable.
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 Department of Transport’s website

Edinburgh Airport Security - Prohibited Items

Here are a number of other items that must not be taken on board an aircraft or through security, either as hand luggage or in the hold. Please do not pack the following anywhere in your carry on or hold luggage:

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