Glasgow Airport Security

Don't let security add stress to your journey, Glasgow Airport security is there for your protection and you'll be through and on to Duty Free in no time!

Glasgow Airport Check-In Times

To leave plenty of time to check-in your luggage, clear security and find your gate, you should leave plenty of time. For more tips on planning your journey, see our advice to get you on your flight in time.

Here are the Glasgow passenger deadlines:

Glasgow Airport Guide recommends leaving 3 hours for International Departures
At the Glasgow Airport Guide, we recommend leaving 2 hours for European Departures
Please leave at least 90 minutes to catch a domestic flight from Glasgow Airport

Hand Luggage - What you can and can't pack

check what size hand luggage bag you are allowed to take with your airline as they can differ - some also have weight restrictions
baby milk and food for the journey is allowed through security, but may still need to be screened at Glasgow Airport
liquids can be no more than 100ml and include foams, creams, mousses, cosmetics and gels
medicines should be kept in their original packaging and are still subject to the 100ml rule.
avoid packing sharp objects and anything that could be considered a weapon as they will be confiscated by Glasgow Airport Security
sports equipment should be carried in your hold luggage

Additional things to note:

The following liquids are allowed:
  • Essential medicines in liquid form sufficient and essential for the flight (e.g. diabetic kit), as long as it is verified as authentic.
  • Baby milk and liquid baby food (the contents of each bottle or jar must be tasted by the accompanying passenger).

Please note: Other bags, such as handbags, may be carried within the single item of cabin baggage. However, depending on the airline, it may be required to be placed within your hand luggage when boarding the plane.


All items carried by passengers will be x-ray screened, including.

  • Pushchairs, walking aids and wheelchairs.
  • Laptops and other large electrical items (e.g. a large hairdryer) have to be removed from cabin baggage and screened separately. (A laptop bag will be regarded as your one item that is allowed in the cabin)
Before Security

All shops and catering outlets are open to all passengers. Hand baggage is now allowed BUT any liquids and gels must be packed into your hold luggage for check-in. Any other purchases must fit into your hand baggage.

After Security

All shops and catering outlets are open to all passengers. Passengers can take all items purchased in the departures lounge into the aircraft cabin, unless you are travelling to the USA. For more information, please visit

What to do if a Security or Immigration guard is rude at the airport.
  • Unfortunately, passengers are in a rush and security have an important job to do... often they don't go together well.
  • It's difficult to judge because airport security officers have to perform pat-downs, it's part of their job. And often they may be ruder than your average customer service representative because they're doing an important job and need to be authoritative.
  • However, if you have experienced unneccessary rudeness or wish to make a complaint, you can contact their complaints body

All Luggage - What Not To Pack

Here are a number of other items that must not be taken on board an aircraft or through security, either as hand luggage or in the hold. Please do not pack the following anywhere in your carry on or check-in luggage:

Prohibited Items
Flammable liquids and solids Oxidisers
Organic peroxides Gas cylinders
Infectious substances Wet car cell batteries
Instruments containing magnets Instruments containing mercury
Magnetrons Fireworks
Non-safety matches, fire lighters, lighter fuel Paints, thinners
Poisons, arsenic, cyanide, weedkiller Acids, corrosives, alkalis, caustic soda
Creosote, quicklime, oiled paper Radioactive materials