Prestwick Airport Security Information

It goes without saying that you should always leave yourself plenty of time to get to the airport, check in, pass through security and head to your boarding gate. No-one wants to be the person being called urgently over the tannoy to make their way to the gate! As a guide, we suggest allowing the below amount of time for checking in to ensure you avoid any delays;

Cabin baggage and size allowed

In most cases at Prestwick Airport, you'll be allowed at least two pieces of hand luggage. However, each airline will have their own policy when it comes to the amount of hand baggage they allow on board, so please check with your airline before travelling.

Need a bit of a refresh? Use our handy guide below to what can go in your hand luggage, as well as a reminder of what not to pack!

In addition to the above;


Essential medicines and baby food may be permitted in larger quantities above the 100ml limit, but will be subject to authentication. Please check with the airport prior to your arrival.

Duty free and departure lounge purchases

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

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.

Hand Luggage - Restricted Items

Ensure that your hand luggage does not contain any of the restricted items detailed in the above image.

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.

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 solidsOxidisers
Organic peroxidesGas cylinders
Infectious substancesWet car cell batteries
Instruments containing magnetsInstruments containing mercury
Non-safety matches, fire lighters, lighter fuelPaints, thinners
Poisons, arsenic, cyanide, weedkillerAcids, corrosives, alkalis, caustic soda
Creosote, quicklime, oiled paperRadioactive materials