Security control

After check-in, passengers and their hand baggage go through security control before entering the gate area. Any baggage going to the cargo hold will be handed over for security control already during check-in.

It is important that you pack your bags correctly at home. Before you come to the airport, it is a good idea to make sure that you know what items you are allowed to carry in your hand baggage and checked baggage and what items are prohibited on flights.

Only Helsinki Airport’s security control uses new technology, which is why Finavia’s security control at other airports operates differently from Helsinki Airport’s security control. See the more detailed instructions below.

What to do at Helsinki Airport’s security control

1) Proceed to security control by presenting your printed or electronic boarding pass to the digital gate scanner.

Read more about using the digital gate scanner.

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2) When you come to the security control line, place all hand luggage and loose items on a tray for scanning.

A passenger sets their hand luggage on a tray for security check
  • Keys and coins: Put your keys and coins in your bag or coat pocket. If they are carried in trouser pockets and other clothing, they will set off unnecessary alarms.
  • Clothing and accessories: Take off your coat or jacket and any other items containing metal, such as watches, belts and large pieces of jewellery. Often, the heels of shoes also contain metal, so you can remove your shoes for scanning if your wish.
  • You can leave your electronics in the bag.
  • Pack liquids amounting to less than 100 ml in one 1-litre resealable bag. If necessary, a security officer will ask you to take the liquids out of the bag before scanning.
  • You can carry the baby food and medicines you need during your trip in your hand baggage.

3) Walk through the metal detector gate. If you set off the metal detector, you will be asked to be checked using the security scanner.

A passenger stands in front of a security scanner

You can also ask for your body and clothes to be checked by hand. If the check is done by hand, the security officer will need to check the inside of your trouser or skirt waistband using their fingers. If you are wearing tall boots or high-top shoes, you may be asked to take them off.

Security control at Finavia’s regional airports

1) When you come to the security control line, place all hand baggage and loose items on a tray for scanning.

Liquid products and electronics on a security control tray.
  • Keys and coins: Put your keys and coins in your bag or coat pocket. If they are carried in trouser pockets and other clothing, they will set off unnecessary alarms.
  • Clothing and accessories: Take off your coat or jacket and any other items containing metal, such as watches, belts and large pieces of jewellery. Often, the heels of shoes also contain metal, so you can remove your shoes for scanning if your wish.
  • Electronics: Remove any laptops, tablets, cameras, power banks and other devices containing a battery or batteries from your bag. Laptops and tablets should also be taken out of their sleeves. The tablet’s protective cover does not need to be removed. Small devices containing a button cell battery, such as car keys, can be left in the bag.
  • Liquids: Remove all liquids, liquid medicines and baby food from the bag. Pack liquids amounting to less than 100 ml in one 1-litre resealable bag.

2) Present your printed or electronic boarding pass to the security officer.

3) Walk through the metal detector gate.

If you set off the metal detector gate, a security officer must determine why this has happened. You will be asked to remove any items that may have caused the alarm and then walk through the metal detector again.

It may also be necessary to conduct a pat-down search on your body and your clothes. If necessary, the security officer will check the inside of your trouser or skirt waistband using their fingers.

Learn more about security control

For families with young children

For those with impaired vision or hearing or reduced mobility

Background information about security control

In EU Member States, the security control of air passengers is regulated by common rules that aim to ensure the safety and smoothness of travel. In Finland, the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom, which is also the national authority supervising security control, is responsible for the regulations on security control.

At Finavia airports, the checks based on random selection are carried out using an explosive trace detector (ETD).

The Traficom website has more information about airport security control.

Privacy statement: Security control and security services reporting system (PDF)