Airport Security

Cornwall Airport Newquay is committed to ensuring that aircraft and airport security is never compromised. The airport is governed by the Department For Transport (DfT) and therefore there is a requirement for Airport security staff to carry out checks on passengers, baggage and liquids. This testing is mandatory and therefore we would like to ask all passengers for their cooperation throughout this process.

All passengers starting their journey at a UK airport and those transferring from international flights at a UK airport are required to be aware of the following:

Cabin Baggage

Each airline has its own policy with regards to cabin baggage allowance.  Passengers should check their airlines hand baggage regulations prior to arriving at the airport.

Prohibited Items

Without prejudice to applicable safety rules, passengers are not permitted to carry the following articles into security restricted areas and on board an aircraft:

Guns, firearms and other devices that discharge projectiles devices capable, or appearing capable, of being used to cause serious injury by discharging a projectile, including:       

  • Firearms of all types, such as pistols, revolvers, rifles, shotguns

  • Toy guns, replicas and imitation firearms capable of being mistaken for real weapons

  • Component parts of firearms, excluding telescopic sights

  • Compressed air and CO2 guns, such as pistols, pellet guns, rofles and ball bearing guns
  • Harpoon guns and spear guns
  • Stunning devices devices designed specifically to stun or immobilise, including:

  • Devices for shocking, such as stun guns, tasers and stun batons

  • Animal stunners and animal killers

  • Disabling and incapacitating chemicals, gases and sprays, such as mace, pepper spray, capsicum sprays, tear gas, acid sprays and animal repellent sprays

Objects with a sharp point or sharp edge objects with a sharp point or sharp edge capable of being used to cause serious injury, including:

  • Items designed for chopping, such as axes, hatchets and cleavers

  • Ice axes and ice picks
  • Box cutters

  • Knives with blades of more than 6cms

  • Scissors with blades of more than 6cms as measured from the fulcrum

  • Martial arts equipment with a sharp point or sharp edge

  • Swords and sabres

Workmens tools tools capable of being used either to cause serious injury or to threaten the safety of the aircraft, including:

  • Crowbars

  • Drills and drill bits, including cordless portable power drills

  • Tools with a blade or a shaft of more than 6 cms capable of use as a weapon, such as screwdrivers and chisels

  • Saws, including cordless portable power saws

  • Blowtorches

  • Bolt guns and nail guns

Blunt instruments objects capable of being used to cause serious injury when used to hit, including:

  • Baseball and softball bats

  • Clubs and batons, such as billy clubs, blackjacks and night sticks

  • Martial arts equipment

Explosive and incendiary substances and devices explosives and incendiary substances and devices capable, or appearing capable, of being used to cause serious injury or to pose a threat to the safety of aircraft, including:

  • Ammunition
  • Replica or imitation explosive devices

  • Mines, grenades and other explosive military stores

  • Fireworks and other pyrotechnics

  • Smoke-generating canisters and smoke generating cartridges

  • Dynamite, gunpowder and plastic explosives



General information regarding liquids

Further information on liquids, aerosols and gels

Mobility aids

Pushchairs, walking aids and wheelchairs are permitted but will be x-ray screened or subject to hand search.

Large electrical items / Laptops

Laptops and other large electrical items (e.g. a large hairdryer) have to be removed from cabin baggage and screened separately. (Note: a laptop bag will be regarded as your one item that is allowed in the cabin).

Musical instruments

For musical instruments, including large items such as cellos, please refer to each individual airline's policy.

Oversized baggage:

  • All other items of oversized luggage are required to be placed in the aircraft hold.
  • Aviation security requirements are set down by the Department for Transport.  Airlines and Airports may have additional measures in place, and passengers are strongly advised to check the website of their carrier or airport before travelling.
  • Additionally, if passengers have any questions on their travel arrangements or security in place at airports they should contact the airport or their airline.

Because of the risk of Foot and Mouth Disease, the EU has introduced protection measures to help prevent the spread of the disease from Gt. Britain. Travellers cannot take abroad any fresh meat or meat products, fresh milk or milk and dairy products from animals such as cattle, pigs, sheep, goats and deer, which are susceptible to this disease. Some examples of this food are bacon, sausages, ham, cheese, cream, butter, yoghurt and ice cream. This list also includes items such as biscuits, bread, cakes, chocolate or confectionary that contain these products.

Passengers wearing religious or cultural headgear must be aware that this may be subject to additional screening procedures as directed by the Department for Transport.

Dangerous goods and information

Please see the following website for the most up to date information to this subject.
CAA Website

For each individual airline restrictions, please click on the link below of the airline you’re flying with.