Cork Airport

Preparing For Security & Helpful Tips

At Cork Airport, the safety and security of our customers and passengers is our top priority.

Save time and have a smoother journey by preparing correctly and ensuring that all items in your hand luggage meet security requirements at Cork Airport.

Preparing Your Hand Luggage

Passengers are advised to prepare their hand luggage before they travel to the airport and pay careful attention to packing and preparing liquids, gels and pastes. The 100ml liquids, gels and pastes rule still applies at Cork Airport.

Passengers should prepare liquids gels and pastes under 100ml in a single, transparent, resealable plastic bag with a total content maximum of 1 litre (approximately 20cm x 20cm). Passengers will need to present these separately at Passenger Screening.

Passengers travelling with babies and young children are permitted to bring as much baby formula, milk and snacks as is required for the duration of the flight. Please ask one of our security team members for a special tray to put the liquids in as it will be subjected to additional screening as well as going through the x-ray machine.

Passengers should follow the guidance and instructions of the Airport Search Unit personnel who are there to help passengers and ensure a smooth and pleasant journey.

Below is an overview of what is allowed and not allowed in your hand luggage:

Cork Airport preparing for security

Helpful Tips When Preparing To Travel

We recommend that passengers follow the below advice if they are planning to travel from Cork Airport.

  • Allow sufficient time to travel to the airport. If you are using a private car and plan to use either the short-term multi-storey or long-term car park remember to allow ample time to park the car and walk the short distance to the terminal building.

  • Please arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes BEFORE your scheduled flight departure time and at least 2 hours 30 minutes BEFORE your charter flight departure time.

  • Carry just ONE piece of hand luggage.

  • As you approach the x-ray machine, please place all metal objects you are carrying or wearing, such as coins, keys, belts, mobile phone and jewellery into your carry-on bag or the tray provided.

  • Remove your coat or outdoor jacket and place them into a tray. Remove your laptop and any other portable communications equipment from their case and place them in a separate tray for screening.

  • Please take out of your carry-on bag, any liquids, lotions, gels or pastes and present them separately in a clear plastic bag to the Security Officer. Please note Cork Airport does not provide plastic bags but these can be purchased in the terminal BEFORE you approach the passenger security screening area.

  • Essential Prescription Medicines and special dietary requirements including baby foods required for the flight are permitted but these must be presented separately for screening.

  • Then walk, one at a time, through the metal detector.

  • You cannot bring any sharp or dangerous objects through the passenger security screening area. These items are prohibited.

  • You cannot bring any liquids, lotions, gels or pastes over 100 millilitres on board the aircraft. These items can only be checked in as Hold Baggage. Please give any such items to the security screening staff, who will dispose of them for you.

  • Remember to collect all your belongings before you leave to go to the boarding gate.

Airport Security FAQs Cork Airport

Airport Security FAQs

To find an answer to your question about airport security at Cork Airport quickly, check out our Airport Security FAQs section here.

If you can't find what you are looking for here please feel free to reach out to us via email at: or by phone on: +353 21 431 3131 and a member of our team will be able to assist.

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