Airport Information for Inverness Airport

Security, Check-in & Departures

Security checks are one of the ways we help keep you safe during your flight. An overview of our safety procedures is available below. Please be aware that safety requirements can change. Always check with your airline before flying. 

Security & Checking In

Hand Luggage | Liquids, Gels or Pastes | Electrical Items | Medical Items | Other Items | Pushchairs, Walking Aids & Wheelchairs | Oversized Items | Musical Instruments | Dangerous & Restricted Items

Security & Departures

Plan Your Journey | What Happens at Security? | Passengers with Reduced Mobility

Security & Checking In  

Remember, never leave baggage or personal belongings unattended in or around the terminal. These items will be removed and may be destroyed. Please be sure baggage checked in or taken with you on your flight belongs only to you. Please ensure you follow all instructions from staff. Keep any relevant paperwork and valid passport/photographic ID with you at all times. 

Hand Luggage  

Pack only valuables and items you will need during your flight in your hand luggage. The IATA has set the maximum size for an item of hand luggage as 56cm x 45cm x 25cm. Your hand luggage can have wheels, handles and external pockets. However, some airlines may only allow smaller bags, so check with them first. 

Liquids, Gels or Pastes

If you have any liquids, gels or pastes in your hand luggage, the following restrictions apply: 

  • The liquid must be in a container with a maximum volume of 100ml. 
  • Containers must be carried in a single, transparent, re-sealable plastic bag. The bag must contain no more than a litre and measure approximately 20cm x 20cm. 
  • The bag must not be knotted or tied at the top. 
  • Each passenger can carry only one of these bags. 
  • Liquids that exceed 100ml must be deemed as necessary before placing it as hand luggage. This might include liquid medicines, baby milk, or liquids for special dietary requirements.  
  • Liquids, gels or pastes in containers of more than 100ml capacity can be placed in your hold baggage. 

Electrical Items

You are permitted to take electrical items (e.g. laptops, tablets and hair dryers) in your hand baggage. However, please note that these will need to be removed and screened separately. 

Medical Equipment 

You are allowed to bring medical equipment if it is essential for your journey.  The equipment will be screened separately and must be accompanied by supporting documentation. Documentation can be provided by a qualified medical professional. This can be obtained. from your doctor. 

Other Items 

If you are carrying gifts in your hand luggage, please do not wrap them. 
If you carry a lighter you must keep it on your person during the flight. It must be kept in a resealable, transparent plastic bag. 
Do not accept parcels or packages that belong to others. Only do so if you can check the contents yourself. When asked questions about your baggage, you must answer carefully and clearly. In the UK, it is now an offence to give false answers to such questions. Even the most casual remarks may be treated as a real threat and will be brought to the attention of the police. 

Pushchairs, Walking Aids and Wheelchairs 

These will be carried in the cargo hold. Please note, that you will be able to use them up to the aircraft steps. From here they will be taken and placed in the hold of the aircraft. These items will be returned to you at the aircraft steps when you arrive at your destination. 
All pushchairs, walking aids and wheelchairs have to be screened and searched. Therefore, we ask all passengers to allow additional time for these procedures. 

Oversized Items 

Any item of hand baggage larger than 56cm x 45cm x 25cm will not be allowed in the aircraft cabin. It must be checked in as hold baggage, with the exception of musical instruments. 

Musical Instruments 

Please check with your airline before travelling with a large musical instrument. In some instances you may need to make special arrangements such as buying an extra seat. Any musical instrument you bring with you will need to be screened separately. 

Dangerous and Restricted Items 

Please ensure you are aware of what you cannot take on board an aircraft. 

Security & Departures 

Plan Your Journey 

For domestic flights, you should arrive at least one hour before your departure time. We recommend at least two hours for international flights.  
We advise you to check in online and download/print your boarding pass before arrival. This will help ease waiting times. 
We cannot accept responsibility for passengers that miss their flight due to time. We encourage you to make allowances for the checking in and security processes. 

What Happens At Security? 

Please ensure you follow all  instructions from staff. Please have any relevant paperwork and valid passport/photographic ID with you. 
All hand baggage will need to be screened and you will be asked to pass through a security archway. 
You may also be asked if you have packed your own bags. You must never carry anything on the flight on behalf of someone else. If you think an item has been placed in your baggage without consent, tell a member of staff immediately. 
Airport security staff will not let anything through that they consider dangerous. 
Security staff will ask you for: 

  • Re-sealable bag of liquids – it will be screened separately from your hand baggage. 
  • Laptop, hairdryer or other large electrical items (these will be screened separately). 
  • Coat or jacket, belts and sometimes your footwear. 

Once you have passed through the security archway, you may be searched by a member of our staff. Searches may be carried out by hand or by using hand-held detectors. Please note that our staff will be wearing appropriate personal protective equipment. 

Passengers With Reduced Mobility 

All passengers must pass through a security check before reaching the departure lounge. Searches may be carried out by hand or by using hand-held detectors. Please be aware that our staff will be wearing appropriate personal protective equipment.  If required, a private search area away from the main security area can be provided.