Air passengers to benefit from new security procedures when flying from HIAL airports this summer

This summer, passengers are set to benefit from an enhanced security experience when travelling through HIAL’s airports.

Regulations coming into force on 1 June 2024 will require UK airports to upgrade their x-ray screening equipment for baggage and body scanners will become the passenger screening method for many UK airports.

The required equipment will vary by airport and passengers are advised to check the guidance at individual airports after 1 June 2024.

The x-ray at HIAL airports will allow passengers can take liquids in containers of up to 2 litres in hand baggage. However, these will need to be removed from hand baggage and placed in trays for screening.

Passengers will now be able to leave all electronic devices in their hand baggage for screening. There may be a period while we are testing the equipment where you will be asked to remove tablets, laptops and large electronic devices from your hand baggage.

HIAL is investing in body scanners as part of its programme to enhance the security experience for departing passengers, and these will be in place at Benbecula, Inverness, Islay, Kirkwall, Stornoway and Sumburgh airports.

As everyone gets used to the new security procedures, we advise that anyone travelling through our airports allow more time to pass through security.  Please click here for more information: Security – Security procedures at our airports are changing - Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (

Published: 13th May 2024