What is the procedure at the security check at Alicante Airport? What can be carried as hand luggage, which items are restricted? What can I do to save time at the security checkpoint?
Airports are divided into two distinct zones:
Before you are allowed to enter the airside of an airport, you will need to go through security control.
The security measures at Alicante Airport are based on the Spanish National Security Programme as well as European regulations, and compliance with these is mandatory.
Your will need to scan your boarding pass before you can enter security control, so make sure you have this to hand.
You will need to place all of your hand luggage, as well any loose and metal objects such as jackets, hats, or watches on a tray, ready to pass through the x-ray machine. This allows airport security staff to screen your belongings on a monitor to ensure that no prohibited items enter the security zone. Please remember to remove any electronic items, e.g. laptops or tablets, as well as liquids from your bag, and to place these on a separate tray.
Next, you will need to walk through a metal detector, an archway that looks much like a door frame. You may need to wait your turn, as only one person at a time can walk through the metal detector. If the detector alarm goes off when passing through, a member of the security team will take you aside. They will ask you to double-check and remove any metal objects that triggered the alarm and to walk through the detector a second time. Alternatively or in addition, you may also be scanned with a handheld metal detector or body searched.
Prohibited items include anything that is deemed as hazardous for people or aircraft and could be used as a potential weapon, e.g.
Please note that this is not an exhaustive list. For further information please see the Civil Aviation Authority website or contact your airline.
You can take liquids, gels, creams, and pastes with a maximum of 100ml in each container. You must place these containers in a transparent, re-sealable plastic bag of 20cm x 20cm. The plastic bag containing these liquid containers must be taken out of your hand luggage and placed on a separate tray to go through the x-ray machine. Examples of these items include:
When travelling with a baby under 2 years of age, you’re allowed to take baby food, baby milk, and sterilised water in excess of 100 ml. As a general rule, you can take sufficient amounts to last for the entire journey. Airport security staff may need to check the liquids and may ask you to take a sip yourself to ensure that the containers do not contain anything harmful.
You can carry one book or packet of matches or one lighter per person in your hand luggage. A lighter must be placed in your re-sealable transparent plastic bag with the rest of your liquids.
For information on hold luggage regulations, please see our page “Baggage allowances and regulations“.
Liquids must be taken out of your bag and placed on the tray
If you are questioned by security staff, being friendly and polite will go a long way in moving things along as quickly as possible. It is worth keeping in mind that the procedures are in place to ensure everyone’s safety when flying.