Whether you check-in for your flight online or at the airport, all passengers must pass through security before they are permitted to enter the departure lounge. We recommend that you arrive at the airport 2-3 hours before your flight departs.

The Process

As you enter the security area, your boarding card will be inspected and you will be required to go through the passenger screening process.
Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure that you allow yourself sufficient time to pass through security and arrive at the departure gate at the time published on your boarding card.

Once in the comfort of the departure lounge you can enjoy the facilities on offer.

Security Body Scanners

Leeds Bradford Airport uses Security Body Scanning technology, in line with regulations set out by the UK Department for Transport.

Passengers will be randomly selected for scanning or as a result of an activation on a standard security check. On passing through the scanner, areas that are required to be checked will be highlighted to a Security Officer who will then hand search these areas.

The scanners do not produce images of an individual, and no images can be stored or retrieved. The scanner software only indicates on a generic diagram of the areas that need to be checked by the officer.

The millimetre wave security scanner uses a very low power, non-ionising form, of electromagnetic radiation.  With the amount emitted, many times lower than that of a mobile phone, there are no known effects to health as a result. Passengers who have implanted electronic medical devices are advised by the government agency, Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), that they can use Airport security body scanners.

A passenger who has been selected to pass through the Security body scanner, who elects to opt out, will be required to undergo an alternative screening method. This will involve an enhanced hand search conducted in a private room.

The attached leaflet offers further guidance to passengers from the Department For Transport.

Security Restrictions On Hand Baggage

All hand baggage will be passed through an x-ray scanner.

Government Guidance now urges passengers to be 'Travel Aware' and ensure bags are packed carefully at home to aid security checks. Packing tips are available here and full government guidance here.

Liquids, gels and pastes must be in individual containers with a maximum capacity of 100 millilitres each. You must pack these containers in one transparent, re-sealable plastic bag of no more than one litre (20cm by 20cm). Each passenger may only carry one such transparent bag. For your convenience, plastic bags are available free of charge.

Liquids Include:

  • Water and other drinks, soups, syrups
  • Creams, lotions and oils
  • Perfumes
  • Sprays
  • Gels, including hair and shower gels
  • Contents of pressurised containers, including shaving foam, other foams and deodorants
  • Pastes, including toothpaste
  • Liquid-solid mixtures
  • Mascara
  • Non-solid foods such as: jams, hummus or yoghurt
  • Any other item of similar consistency

You May Still:

  • Pack liquids in bags that you check in - the rules only affect hand baggage;
  • Carry prescription medicines and food for special dietary requirements (including baby foods), for use during the trip. You must carry with you supporting documentation for prescription medication;
  • Buy liquids such as drinks and perfumes, either in an EU airport shop (when located beyond the point where you show your boarding pass), or on board an aircraft operated by an EU airline. If they are sold in a special sealed bag, do not open it before you are screened - otherwise the contents may have to be surrendered at the checkpoint. (If you transfer at an EU airport, do not open the bag before screening at your transfer airport.) Please note a proof of purchase may be requested for any items you have bought.

Please click here for the flyer detailing rules on liquids and gels. If you have any doubts, please ask your airline or travel agent in advance of travel.

Food or Powders

Food and powders are permitted in hand luggage but Department for Transport recommendations encourage passengers to pack these items in hold luggage where possible. Additional security checks may apply to these items.

Non-solid foods are not permitted through security. These could include, but are not limited to: jam, cream dips, sauces, jelly or soup.

Baby Food and Baby Milk

You are allowed to take baby food, baby milk and sterilised water in your hand baggage. This includes:

  • Soya milk for babies
  • Sterilised water for the baby (must be in a baby bottle)
  • Formula, breast milk or cow milk specifically for babies
  • Baby food of various consistencies

You are allowed to take enough for the journey. In some cases this may be over 100ml.

Essential Medicines

You are allowed to carry essential medicines of more than 100ml in your hand baggage. Remember to take only what you need for the journey and ensure you bring written documentation from your doctor stating that you will require the medication. Extra supplies and larger containers of medicine should be packed in your hold baggage.

Large Electrical Items

Items such as laptops and tablets can be taken on your flight from UK airports but must be removed from hand luggage at the search area and be placed in a tray to be scanned. Planning easy access to these devices into your packing can help to limit the time taken to pass through security checks.

For a full list of accepted electrical items in hand luggage, please visit:

E-Cigarettes & Electronic Smoking Devices

Passengers and crew are prohibited from carrying e-cigarettes and other battery-powered portable electronic smoking devices in checked baggage and are also prohibited from recharging the devices in aircraft cabins. This is in accordance with the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (ICAO Doc 9284).

It Is An Offence To Carry Certain Items In Hand Baggage

 Users should reference the full list of restricted items before travel, which can be accessed at

To note, no sharp items and tools can be carried in hand luggage at any time.

Spice Bomb Extreme:

In line with Department for Transport requirements, please be aware that Spice Bomb Extreme in an opaque black bottle is not appropriate in the aviation environment and is therefore not permitted for travel through LBA. Spice Bomb in a clear bottle and Spice Bomb Eau de Fraiche in a frosted bottle are both in containers where it is readily apparent that liquids are contained and are permitted for travel provided they comply with the 100ml liquid allowance.

Non permitted items will be confiscated by security. Please note all security checks are subject to change.

Being Prepared For Security

When arriving in the security area, please be prepared for the following:

  • To have your liquids and electronics out of your hand luggage, ready to be scanned separately. Items left in your luggage will be pulled out for a search and in turn slow down the process.
  • Remove boots or healed shoes ready to go through.
  • Take off coats, jackets, belts and jumpers and remove all items from your pockets before going through scanning.

All of these preparations can help to get passengers through security more quickly. For other hints on passing through security as quickly as possible, please read our passenger tips for airport security.