Security

Security is our top priority at Gatwick

One of the most visible aspects of the security process is making sure our passengers do not take on-board prohibited items. Help us to make this quicker for you, by following a few guidelines.

Knowing what’s allowed and what’s not allowed before you arrive – as well as allowing yourself plenty of time to follow all the security procedures when you get to Gatwick – will save you time and inconvenience and make your journey more enjoyable.

Please follow this advice:

  • Have your boarding pass ready to scan – your passport is not required at security.
  • Have all your liquid toiletries (including creams, gels, pastes, sprays and aerosols) in one transparent, re-sealable, airtight plastic bag of 20cm x 20cm in size ready to be x-rayed separately from your bag.
  • All liquid toiletries must be in containers 100ml/100g or less in size. This includes electronic cigarettes.
  • Take your laptop, iPad, Kindle and any other similar, large electrical items out of your hand baggage to be x-rayed separately.
  • Remove coats, jackets and belts. They will need to be x-rayed along with your bag.
  • You may be asked to remove your shoes before going through the security archway.

New guidance from the Department for Transport: we recommend that all food and powders should be packed in to hold baggage wherever possible. These items can obstruct images on x-ray machines, leading to additional manual bag checks. This may cause delays at security.

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) LATEST INFO - During this fast-moving coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak which has now been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation, Gatwick is following the guidance from Public Health England (PHE) at all times. The latest advice is also displayed throughout our terminals. 

We would like to reassure passengers and staff that we are carrying out enhanced cleaning in public areas of the airport. In addition to our normal cleaning staff, we have extra people dedicated to cleaning common use surfaces, such as handrails, doors and touchscreens etc.

With some flights being cancelled, we recommend that you keep in contact with your airline for the latest information about your flight. You can also check our live daily flight information.

We also advise you to regularly check the PHE’s website for up-to-date information about the virus and advice for travellers.

In addition, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office  is regularly updating its guidance for people travelling overseas following the outbreak of COVID-19.

Government advice is to regularly wash your hands for 20 seconds, with soap and water or hand sanitiser.

See full guidelines on what you can and can't take through security or in your hand baggage