Check-in and Security

Passengers are advised to pack luggage in accordance with the regulations set in place by the Department for Transport, and the airlines individual baggage policy, to ensure their journey through the airport is as efficient and comfortable as possible. City of Derry Airport recommends that all passengers check identification and travel document requirements direct with their airline before arriving at the Airport. Click Here for full details.

How early to arrive

Passengers checking in online are advised that it is their responsibility to ensure they arrive at the Departure Gate at the published boarding time, and are advised to allow sufficient time to pass through airport Security. City of Derry Airport recommends that passengers arrive at the airport no later than 2 hours prior to departure.

Check in Online

Some airlines permit passengers to check in online for their flights. Passengers are advised to ensure they follow airline instructions carefully, printing all relevant boarding pass, paperwork and have a valid passport/photographic ID, failure to do may incur a charge. On arrival at the airport, if you have hand luggage only, simply proceed directly to Security. If you have luggage to check in to the hold, you’ll need to go to the “Bag Drop” check in area for your airline. Passengers checking in online will be subject to the same security and baggage rules as all other passengers. For more information about Baggage Restrictions and security, click here

Checking In at the Airport

On arrival, passengers checking in at the airport are advised to check the flight information display screens to determine check in times and desk number for their flight. At the check in desk, flight tickets and passports/photographic I.D will be checked, ‘hold’ baggage weighed and labelled, and a boarding cards issued. Boarding cards are required to proceed through security and when boarding the aircraft at the gate indicated.

Check in times for individual airlines can vary and passengers should check latest details direct with their airline before travel.

Airport Security

All passengers must pass through airport security control after check-in and before entering the departure lounge at City of Derry Airport. All passengers are advised to check with the airline they are travelling with on dimensions and number of hand baggage items permitted. Passengers are reminded that all items must be x-ray screened. All laptops and large electrical items must be removed from their bag and placed in a tray.

Baby food and baby milk

You are allowed to take baby food, baby milk and sterilised water in your hand baggage. This includes:

  • soya milk for babies
  • sterilised water for the baby (must be in a baby bottle)
  • formula, breast milk or cow milk specifically for babies
  • baby food of various consistencies

You are allowed to take enough for the journey. In some cases this may be over 100ml. The adult carrying the baby food or milk may be asked to verify it by tasting.

Lighters

One lighter per person may be carried on a flight. Lighters are considered to be liquids and should be put inside the plastic bag or screened separately. You must keep the lighter on your person throughout the flight.

It is very important that you do not:

  • place it in your hold baggage
  • return it to your hand baggage after screening

Liquids bought at the airport

You can take into the aircraft cabin any liquids you buy in the departure lounge after passing through security, as these items go through a separate screening process. This includes bottled water, wines and spirits and fragrances and cosmetics of any size. Passengers are advised to check with restrictions with their airline as they may impose further restrictions.

Other items

Pushchairs, walking aids and wheelchairs are permitted in the departures lounge, but they will need to be tagged at check-in and security screened.

Dangerous and restricted items: for details of items you cannot take on board an aircraft Click here

Taking liquids in your hand baggage

Wherever possible you should pack liquids in your hold baggage, as there are restrictions on the amount you can take in your hand baggage. Liquids include:

  • all drinks, including water, soup and syrups
  • cosmetics and toiletries, including creams, lotions, oils, perfumes, mascara and lipsticks
  • sprays, including shaving foam, hairspray and spray deodorants
  • pastes, including toothpaste
  • gels, including hair and shower gel
  • contact lens solution
  • any other solutions and items of similar consistency

If you need certain liquids during the flight, you can take them into the cabin in limited quantities as follows:

  • containers must hold no more than 100ml
  • containers must be carried in a single, transparent, re-sealable plastic bag, which holds no more than a litre and measures approximately 20cm x 20cm
  • contents must fit comfortably inside the bag so it can be sealed
  • the bag must not be knotted or tied at the top
  • each passenger can carry only one of these bags
  • the bag must be presented for examination at the airport security point

Containers larger than 100ml (excluding essential medicines) will not be allowed through the security point even if they are only part full.

Musical instruments

If you plan on travelling with a large musical instrument, you should contact your airline before booking. You may need to make special arrangements, like buying an extra seat. Any musical instrument you bring with you will need to be screened separately.

Laptops/electrical items

Electrical items such as laptops and hairdryers are permitted in hand baggage; however they must be removed and screened separately.

Size and type of hand baggage allowed

Hand baggage is luggage that you carry on the plane with you, while hold baggage is luggage that you check-in.  All baggage items, including hand baggage, must be screened, regardless of size.  Passengers are advised to check baggage allowance with their airline in advance - always check size limits with your airline before you travel.  Airlines may have their own rules about the number of bags you are allowed to take on the aircraft.

Air travel hand baggage rules

There are increased security measures in place at all UK airports, with strict rules on what you can and can’t carry in your hand baggage. It is important to pack with this in mind to avoid unnecessary delays at airport security.