Please allow at least 2 hours for check in
Check in desks open 2-3 hours before the flight is due to depart. East Midlands Airport recommends arriving at the terminal at least 2 hours before departure, even if you are using online check in.
Before you arrive at East Midlands Airport, make sure you have a valid passport (and visa where necessary) for your trip.
Many authorities require a passport that’s valid for at least six months from the time you fly.
If you need help and advice, visit the UK Passport website.
On domestic flights, airlines now require to see appropriate photo identity. Please check with your airline about which forms of photo identity are acceptable.
Passing through security
To ensure your journey is a smooth one, please ensure that you read the latest regulations about what you can and cannot take on board the aircraft.
Alternatively, download and print our handy Traveller Checklist designed to help you plan your trip.
We would remind all passengers that each airline has their own policy regarding the amount of hand baggage allowed on their aircraft and we strongly recommend that information regarding this is sought directly from the Airline before travel.
Liquids, Medication and Baby Food
Containers larger than 100ml/100g such as drinks bottles (including water), even though it might only contain 100ml/100g, are NOT permitted.
If you need to, you can take small quantities of liquids through security. But only if they are carried in a single, clear, re-sealable plastic bag and each item is placed in a separate container no greater than 100ml/100g. A re-sealable freezer bag – approximately 20cm x 20cm or smaller - is about the right size.
To save time and expense please come prepared with your own correctly sized plastic bag; however plastic bags can be purchased in the terminal. Plastic bag vending machines are located in the check in hall before security. Two bags are available for £1, if you forget to bring your own.
- Water and other drinks, soups and syrups
- Creams, lotions and oils
- Gels, including hair and shower gels
- Contents of pressurised containers, including shaving foam, other foams and deodorants
- Pastes, including toothpaste
- Liquid-solid mixtures
- Any other item of a similar consistency
Liquids of any size can still be checked into the hold, so it’s best to put these in your main suitcase. You can always buy drinks or toiletries in the departure lounge if you need to, since the goods will have been security screened beforehand.
Essential medicines that you will need during your trip must be checked through security. Again, they have to be in your clear, plastic, re-sealable bag and in containers of less than 100ml/100g.
For essential medicines of more than 100ml/100g, you will require supporting documentation from a relevant qualified medical professional and prior approval from the airline. This applies to everything from cough medicine through to insulin.
Liquid baby food or sterilised water, sufficient for the journey, can be taken through airport security.
Laptops and large electrical items
Laptop computers and other complex items of electrical equipment must be removed from hand luggage and screened separately.
Large musical instruments will be allowed as an extra item of hand luggage, but these will will have to be screened separately.