How to pass the security control
Passengers and their carry-on luggage pass through security screening after the check-in and before entering the gate area. Checked baggage is screened before going into the hold.
In the EU, security checks for passengers are regulated by common rules that ensure a safe and smooth travel for everyone.
If you are carrying forbidden items or substances, you will be asked to hand them over at the security control.
You have the opportunity of turning back and checking in your carry-on luggage to be put into the hold. Some airports offer you storage for these restricted items for a fee. If there is no possibility for storage, the restricted items will be disposed of.
Any items removed from the checked baggage is stored at the airport, and you can pick them up when you return. Instructions will be placed inside your suitcase.
Before going to the security control:
- Show your ticket to the officer before entering the security control.
- Place all loose items, such as cameras, mobile phones, keys and coins, in your carry-on bag or in the pocket of your jacket.
- If you leave them on you, they will cause unnecessary alarms at the security screening.
When you enter the security control:
- Remove your jacket or coat and your belt.
- Take your laptop out of the bag.
- Remove any large electric devices and fluids from your bag.
- Place eveything on the belt for screening.
Many shoes have metal parts. If you want to avoid alarms, you can also place your shoes on the belt for screening.
Security inspections by hand
In case the metal detector gives an alarm, the security officer will have to inspect the passenger by hand. The officer will also inspect under the waistband of your trousers or skirt with fingers.
For many, the hand ispection may be an unpleasant experience. The best way to avoid it is to remove all metal objects and place them on the belt for screening.
The authorities require a certain number of randomly selected passengers to go through the hand inspection. Therefore, it is possible that you will be selected to the inspection even when the metal detector did not give an alarm.
More information for passengers at Helsinki Airport
Further information on security checks
In Finland, the national authority responsible for overseeing the regulations concerning security control is the Finnish Transport Safety Agency Trafi. For more information, please contact Trafi.