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Stansted Airport Security And Baggage

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Stansted Airport Security And Baggage

What can I take through security?

All passengers must pass through airport security control after check-in and before entering the departure lounge at London Stansted.

FastTrack security

FastTrack is a dedicated channel to enable you to fly through security and reach the departure lounge more quickly and is now available to pre-book.

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For the benefit of all passengers’ security, departing passengers may be required to be screened using body-scanning security equipment at Stansted Airport. 

Our advanced technology scanners are part of a range of security measures, some of which may not be obvious. These include a deliberate element of unpredictability in their deployment. This means you may experience a different process than you did on your last visit to Stansted. 

Scanners are the safe*, quick, and simple to use solution for speeding passengers through security whilst achieving higher levels of security detection than has previously been possible.

Assessment of scan data is conducted using the latest computer algorithms and no personal data is saved.

You may opt out of being screened by security scanner. In this instance, you must either be screened by an alternative method which includes at least an enhanced hand search in private or you will not be permitted to enter the security restricted area, or, if applicable, you will be removed from it. An enhanced hand search in private will take place in a private room or an area away from the main search comb. This may involve the loosening and/or removal of clothing.

*They do not use x-rays.

Follow these 4 simple steps to fly through security:

Security Steps - STN


      - Please put the following items in to one clear, re-sealable bag (max size 20cm x 20cm):
      1. Toiletries
      2. Make-Up
      3. Perfume
      4. Aftershave


      - If in hand luggage, remove all large electrical items from your bag, for example; laptops, hair-dryers, staightners, docking stations, etc.


      - Before you reach security x-ray, please remove:
      1. Coats
      2. Jackets
      3. Jumpers
      4. High-Heels
      5. Belts
      6. Watches
      7. Metal Jewellery

Loose Items

    - Please remove the following from your trouser and shirt/blouse pockets:
    1. Keys
    2. Coins
    3. Mobile phones
    4. Other metal items
Check in Baggage

Checked in Baggage

For safety reasons, there are many items which aren't suitable for taking onboard as luggage or in the hold. 

To avoid bags becoming jammed on the conveyor belt, please ensure that loose straps are tied up and old barcodes are removed, while hand baggage such as small gifts must be unwrapped for security staff to view

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Hand Baggage

Further information on what can be carried through security as hand luggage for flights departing from London Stansted.

Many airlines still allow only a single item of hand baggage per passenger, so it's advised that passengers contact the airline if unsure of the specific rules.

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Security FAQ's

Your airline may enforce restrictions on the size and number of cabin bags.

Restrictions on types of items suitable to take on holiday and the amount of liquids also needs to be taken into consideration before flying. 

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FastTrack is a dedicated channel to enable you to fly through security and reach the departure lounge more quickly, and will be available to passengers at Stansted Airport in the near future. 

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