Your security journey

Every customer passing through the Airport is required to go through our security processes. All baggage that is carried in the aircraft hold is screened by x-ray machines.  Some items are forbidden in hold baggage – a full list is available by downloading the list of restricted items.

When you arrive at the security search area, you will asked to produce your boarding card – this can be an e-boarding on your airline’s app or a paper boarding card.

At the preparation area, you will be asked to remove everything from your pockets; your belt; If you are wearing a fleece, jacket, thick sweater or coat you will be asked to remove this and place it in a tray.  You may also be asked to remove footwear.  All boots will be removed. Some items are forbidden in cabin baggage – a full list is available here.

If you are travelling with a baby buggy it will need to be folded and screened through the x-ray machine. Musical instruments are also subject to screening. 

All of these items should be placed in a tray, together with your correctly packed liquids and any large electrical items e.g. laptops, tablet devices and e-reading devices. 

Customers will be asked to pass through a walk-through metal detector or the security scanner. If you have a pacemaker – please let us know before going through any scanning equipment.

If you have a medical condition or a disability please do contact the airport in advance if you have any questions.  We have a dedicated Assistance Team who will be happy to help.  Additionally you can contact us with a security question. 

As a result of these checks you may be subject to other searches which will be performed by a member of the team, either by hand, handheld metal detector or explosive trace detection equipment. Once this is complete you will be able to collect your luggage.

All items of luggage are screened by x-ray, however we do carry out random checks which may include hand searching, explosive trace detection swabbing and testing of certain liquids, gels or pastes.

These processes are carried out in accordance with EU and UK legislation.

Security areas can be very daunting for some of our customers – and we are happy to explain the processes in advance so that you can be best prepared – this is particularly important if you are travelling with young children or those persons that need a little more help or simply more time.  We at Cardiff are also very proud to be a partner of Cardiff-based charity Autism Puzzles

If you are travelling with a guide dog – you should contact your airline in the first instance.

For more information on security and special assistance please visit our dedicated page.

Vueling

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