Before you enter the departure lounge, you and your hand luggage will pass through a security check. Any luggage you may have checked in earlier will also be security checked.
Before you get to the airport, it is a good idea to make sure that you know what items you are allowed to carry in your onboard and check-in luggage and what items are completely forbidden. See our website for useful hints and tips on how to pack your luggage correctly at home.
If you set off an alarm on the metal detector gate, one of our security staff will determine why this has happened. You will be asked to remove any items that may have caused the alarm and go through the metal detector again.
The staff may also conduct a pat down search. Sometimes, staff will need to use their hands to check on the inside of your trouser or skirt waistband.
The best way you can avoid an additional pat down search is to remove all possible metal objects and place them on the X-ray conveyor belt for inspection. Sequins, buttons, or wired undergarments can also set off an alarm.
The Finnish Transport Safety Agency (Trafi) requires us to perform more detailed inspections, based on random sampling, on a certain number of passengers passing through security control. At Finavia airports, the inspections based on random sampling are carried out using explosives trace detectors (ETDs).
If your hand baggage includes banned items or substances, you will be asked to hand them over to a member of staff for disposal. If you have time before your flight, you can leave security control and
If forbidden items are found in your checked in luggage, they will be removed. The confiscated goods will be stored for some weeks and you can arrange to collect them from the airport. If items are removed from your luggage, staff will replace them with instructions for how to reclaim your items.
You can also use the service provided by Cotio to arrange for any items removed from your hand luggage to be returned to you. A fee is payable for this service and it is currently only available at Helsinki Airport.
Further information on security control
Further background information about security control
The security control of air travel passengers is regulated by shared rules in EU countries with the aim of ensuring the safety and flow of travelling.
In Finland, the Finnish Transport Safety Agency Trafi is the national authority in charge of security control regulations. The Trafi website provides further information on airport security control procedures.