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Airport Security FAQ's

Our aim is to make your journey through Dublin Airport as comfortable and easy as possible

What’s the best advice to get me through security screening as smoothly as possible?

Save time at security by being prepared and knowing what to expect:

  • Take laptops and other large electrical equipment such as ipads and kindles from your bags and place them in trays
  • Small metal items such as keys, coins and mobile phones can be put either in your hand luggage, or in your coat pockets (in the tray). If you keep them in your pocket on your person, you will activate the security equipment delaying your journey
  • Make sure any liquids, aerosols and gels are in containers of 100ml or less, and place them in a single transparent resealable plastic bag that has a capacity of no greater than 1 litre (approximately 20cm x 20cm). The bag must be completely closed and placed in your tray separately to your other baggage
  • If we ask you to remove your shoes, they should go in the tray also
  • Please be ready to go through the security archway when we call you forward

What is a liquid?

  • Water and other drinks, soups, syrups
  • Pastes, including toothpaste
  • Creams, lotions and oils, including lip balm and moisturiser
  • Perfumes
  • Make-up, including lipsticks and mascaras
  • Sprays, including sun-tan lotion
  • Gels, including hair and shower gels
  • Contents of pressurised containers, including: shaving foam, other foams and deodorants
  • Liquid-solid mixtures
  • Any other item of a similar consistency

Always check in any liquid over 100ml and if you're unsure whether an item will be allowed through, please always check it in with your hold luggage.

Even bottles of water?

Yes, even water that is in a container over 100ml is not permitted through security.

Can I bring my medication on board the aircraft?

Yes, passengers are allowed to bring essential medication and dietary requirements in liquid form through the screening points in the quantities needed during their trip and a doctors letter or prescription is required to certify that the item is essential for travel. Additional screening may be required.

Can I bring baby food/milk through security?

Yes, baby food or food for people on special diets is exempt from the new regulations. Passengers are allowed to bring these items through the screening points in the quantities needed during their trip. Passengers may be required to demonstrate that what they are carrying is for genuine purposes. Additional screening may be required.

What are the limits?

Only liquids in containers of 100ml capacity or less, fitting comfortably into a one litre transparent plastic bag (approximately 20cm x 20cm) when fully closed, are permitted. This transparent bag, with containers of 100ml should then be presented at the passenger security screening area.

Can I bring my own transparent plastic bag from home?

Yes, we strongly encourage you to do so. The bag must be transparent, resealable (approximately 20cm x 20cm.) These bags are available at most local supermarkets.

Can I take my contact lens solution?

Contact lens solution should be packed into checked in luggage. If you must carry lens solution in your hand luggage it should be in a container, no more than 100ml and presented in a one litre transparent bag at the passenger security screening point.

Can I bring my cough medicine or nose spray in my hand luggage?

Yes, provided these items are in containers not more than 100ml and presented in a one litre transparent bag separately at the passenger security screening point. If these items are not essential for use during your flight we strongly recommend that you pack them into your checked in luggage.

What about passengers that need medicines, dietary foods or baby food in liquid form?

The EU aviation security regulations allow some exemptions to the restrictions. These include essential medicines and dietary requirements in liquid form, for example baby-food or food for people on special diets. Passengers are allowed to bring these items to the screening points in the quantities that they need during their trip. However, as a safeguard, additional screening may be required.

Can I still buy liquids, cosmetics or other substances covered by the regulations in the airport shops beyond the passenger security points, and take these on board the aircraft?

Yes, you can still buy liquids and other substances covered by the regulations, in containers of any size, after the security screening point and on board European airline flights. Liquids and gels purchased after the security screening point or on board your flight will be packed and sealed for you in a tamper-evident bag as necessary by the shop or cabin personnel.

Can I buy products e.g. deodorant, shampoo perfume over 100mls in the Travel Value shopping area?

Yes you can. These products will be packed and sealed for you in a tamper-evident bag as necessary by the shop personnel.

Does this restriction apply to certain flights only?

The restriction applies to all flights departing from EU airports, regardless of final destination.

What about transferring passengers?

If the first flight begins at an airport in the EU and items have been purchased beyond the passenger security points, these liquids will be placed in a tamper-evident bag and therefore will conform to EU regulations. Therefore passengers can take these liquids on-board their connecting flight, as long as the items are still packed in tamper-evident bags. If the first flight originates in a country outside the EU the items will not conform to the new regulations, as they will not have been placed in tamper-evident bags. Transferring passengers will then be subject to these new EU security regulations when they transfer through an EU airport.

Is the daa alone in introducing these new restrictions?

No, this is an EU Regulation (EC NO 1546/2006) adopted by the European Commission responsible for Aviation Security. These rules have come into effect at all EU member state airports.

What happens if I have liquids of over 100mls going through the passenger security screening point?

Under the new EU aviation security regulations containers of over 100ml cannot be taken through the passenger security screening area and must be surrendered.

If I am travelling on a day trip i.e. departing early morning, arriving back later that day, and I purchase items e.g. perfume, cosmetics etc. over 100ml can I carry this through security on my return trip?

Yes, provided they are still intact in the tamper-evident bag containing the receipt. This practice will be accepted at all EU airports.