Cork Airport

Hand Baggage & Prohibited Items

Save time by checking all of your hand baggage items meet our security requirements. This section contains information and guidelines on:

  • Hand baggage for airport security screening.

  • Check-In luggage prohibited items.

Hand Baggage Screening

We would remind all passengers that each airline has their own policy regarding hand baggage allowance in terms of bag weight and size and we strongly recommend that information regarding this is sought directly from the airline before travel. To save time, we advise you to only place valuables and items required for the flight in your hand baggage if you also have check-in luggage. All hand baggage will be subject to x-ray screening when going through security. To ensure you are ready and can pass through security as quickly as possible please note the following:


Hand Baggage Cork Airport

EU aviation security regulations prohibit all passengers from carrying any liquid, gels or pastes of more than 100mls through security screening or in hand baggage.

Passengers can bring liquids in containers of 100mls or less packed in a single transparent, re-sealable one litre plastic bag. Please note that the size of all containers of 100mls or less must be clearly branded.

All passengers should familiarise themselves with these regulations. Click here for PDF version of EU Liquids Regulations.


The below should also be carried out when going through Passenger Screening:

  • Laptops and large electrical items should be placed separately in a tray. 
  • Keep coins, keys, mobile phones and other small items in your coat or hand baggage. 
  • Place your hand baggage and coat into a tray.
  • Pushchairs, wheelchairs and walking aids will be thoroughly hand searched and will be subject to further screening 
Hand Baggage at Cork Airport

Prohibited Hand Baggage Items

You are not permitted to carry certain items on board with you. These are specified in a list of prohibited articles compiled by the EU.

Security staff reserve the right to refuse permission to carry other items on board at all times for reasons of safety. 

Click here to view and download a list of prohibited articles for passengers and hand baggage.

The Following Should Not Be Carried In Hand Baggage

This includes:

  • Knives (with blades over 6cm)
  • Razor blades
  • Box cutters
  • Scissors (with blades over 6cm from fulcrim)
  • Axes
  • Hatchets
  • Cleavers
  • Ice axes
  • Ice picks
  • Swords
  • Sabres
  • Sharp or pointed martial arts equipment

This includes: 

  • Crowbars
  • Drills and drill bits
  • Saws  
  • Blowtorches
  • Bolt guns, nail guns, or any tool with a blade or shaft over 6cm (e.g. screwdrivers or chisels).

This includes:

  • Stun guns, tasers, animal killers, incapacitating chemicals
  • Gases or sprays (e.g. mace), pepper sprays, tear gas and animal repellent spray

This includes: 

  • Firearms, toy guns, replica/imitation guns, firearm parts (except telescopic sights)
  • Airguns, pellet guns, BB guns, flare guns, starting pistols
  • Bows or crossbows, arrows, harpoon guns & spear guns
  • Slingshots and catapults

*If you are carrying firearms for hunting or sporting purposes please contact your airline for their specific rules and regulations on these.


Prohibited Check-in Luggage Items

Passengers are not permitted to carry the following articles in their hold baggage: 

Explosives and incendiary substances and devices capable of being used to cause serious injury or to pose a threat to the safety of aircraft, including: 

  • Ammunition 
  • Blasting caps 
  • Detonators and fuses 
  • Mines, grenades and other explosive military stores 
  • Fireworks and other pyrotechnics 
  • Smoke-generating canisters and smoke-generating cartridges 
  • Dynamite, gunpowder and plastic explosives 

Need More Information?

Check out the airport security frequently asked questions here or 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.