Liquid restrictions at Birmingham Airport

Birmingham Airport is one of the first UK airports to meet the 1st June Government deadline for the implementation of new security screening standards for passenger and cabin baggage. However, certain liquid restrictions will remain in place.

In due course this new equipment will allow liquids of up to two litres to be taken through in cabin baggage, however some restrictions temporarily remain in place.  Until further notice, passengers are advised that they can only carry liquids up to 100ml, albeit it can stay in hand luggage and no longer needs to be in a plastic bag, when departing from Birmingham Airport.

The Airport has invested £60m in its new larger security area.  This area is purpose built with simpler, streamlined equipment and will futureproof Birmingham Airport from its current 12 million passengers per year in 2024, to accommodate 18m passengers per annum by 2033.

Advice to customers, at this time, and going forward is:

Customer Advice on Liquids When Travelling Out of Birmingham Airport

  • Customers can only take liquids, pastes and gels up to 100ml in their hand luggage.
  • The quantity of individual items at 100ml is unlimited.
  • Liquids should not be in plastic bags, just loose in hand luggage.
  • Liquids, pastes, and gels stay in hand luggage during the security search area, do not remove them.
  • No liquids, pastes or gels over 100ml are allowed through security.
  • No bottles/cans of water, carbonated or soft drinks over 100ml can be carried through in hand luggage.
  • Insulated water bottles can be carried through security but need to be empty, refill stations can be found here.
  • Leave all electricals in hand luggage during the security search.
  • When going through security please ensure all items are out of pockets including phones, keys, coins, and tissues etc. Watches can be left on.


Preparing for Travel 

  • Arrive at airport at the time the airline’s check in desk opens, even if checked in online and only carrying hand luggage.
  • This check in opening time can be found on booking details.
  • Once on-site, join the security queue as directed by Airport colleagues.
  • Do not arrive before this time as check in may not be open.
  • 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.
  • Check-In Zone inside the terminal: ➡ Zone A for Jet2, Zone D for Emirates, Zones B & C for all other airlines
  • The new security area construction works are still on-going. This means the queuing area for security may start on the ground floor.
  • Please note that all passengers arriving by train are required to head to the ground floor to join the queue for security.


Al Titterington, Terminal Operations Director for Birmingham Airport said: “Once we receive the regulatory approval that will allow two litres to be carried as hand luggage through Birmingham Airport, we will then be able to transform the customer experience with this world class security screening equipment.

“In the meantime, customers are reminded that they can only carry up to 100ml in their hand luggage and certainly no bottles/cans of water, carbonated or soft drinks over 100ml.  Plastic bags for liquids are not required, and electricals can stay in hand baggage too, no longer needing to be presented separately.”

The airport looks forward being able to announce when it receives its regulatory approval for the carriage of two litres, until this time customers should prepare as above.”


Source Birmingham Airport