Effective 9th June 2024 0001 hours – A new Government Directive has been issued nationwide across all ports.

  This new directive means that all passengers leaving the UK can now only carry 100ml in liquids, pastes and gels in their hand luggage until further notice.  This is a rule that Birmingham Airport has been complying with for months due to an outstanding regulatory approval on its new screening machines.

Despite having this 100ml rule already in place the airport continually sees, daily, non-compliant bags with liquids, pastes and gels above this allowance taken through security.

Nick Barton, Chief Executive Officer of Birmingham Airport said: “The rules that we have been adhering to since March are now very clear in that only liquids, pastes and gels up to 100ml can be carried through in hand luggage. 

“Since opening our new security area, and despite being one of the first UK airports to comply, we have been limited on the use of our multi-million-pound equipment due to an outstanding regulatory restriction meaning we had to limit liquids to 100ml.  This rule has now been implemented nationwide.

“Despite the 100ml rule still being in place, we continually have non-compliant bags with liquids over the allowance which have led to inefficiencies of our equipment and resulted in extended queuing time for customers.

“It is now imperative that all customers comply with the nationwide rule to ensure a smoother and simpler transition through the airport.  A non-compliant bag with liquids over 100ml can add up to 20 minutes to each passenger's journey through security.

“All travelling customers should check their hand luggage to ensure it complies with this restriction.”

Birmingham Airport is one of the few UK airports which met the Government deadline of June 1.  However, due to this regulatory restriction being placed on it previously, it has been unable to use its equipment to its full capability.

Advice to Customers: 

  • Only liquids, pastes and gels up to 100ml can be carried in hand luggage – anything larger needs to be in checked in luggage
  • No liquids above this size.
  • Anything above the 100ml will be removed and destroyed.
  • When going through security please ensure all items are out of pockets including phones, keys, coins and tissues etc., remove all belts. Watches can be left on. 
  • Travelling with Jet2 or TUI before noon? You can drop your bags off the day before. On the day you travel make your way to join the security queue on the ground floor. 
  • Make sure you arrive when your check-in opens, this can be found on your booking information. 
  • If you have checked in online, and have no hold baggage, please arrive at the time advised by your airline and make your way to join the security queue on the ground floor. 
  • Know your Check-In Zone inside the terminal: ➡Zone A for Jet2, Zone D for Emirates, Zones B & C for all other airlines 
  • Our new security area construction works are still on-going. This means the queuing area for security is mainly downstairs. 
  • Please note that all passengers arriving by train are required to head to the ground floor to join the queue for security.