Security control

Before you enter the departures area, 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.

As you enter the security control

All hand baggage must be placed on the security control line for x-ray scanning. Loose items must be placed on a plastic tray available at the line.

  • Put your keys and coins in your bag or jacket pocket. In trouser pockets and other clothing, they will set off unnecessary alarms.
  • Remove your coat and/or jacket.
  • It is also a good idea to take off any other metal items, including watches, belts and large pieces of jewellery. Often, heels of shoes also contain metal, so you can remove your shoes for scanning, if your wish.
  • Remove tablets, laptops, power banks and other devices containing batteries out of the bag. Small devices containing a button cell battery, such as car keys, can be left in the bag.
  • At the transfer passengers’ security checkpoint, you are required to present tablets, laptops and large SLR cameras.
  • Laptops and tablets must be removed from their bags. A protective cover on the tablet need not be removed.
  • Battery-powered hygiene products must be removed from the bag, but can be kept in their own protective cases or pouches.
  • Remove from the bag all liquids, liquid medicines and baby food items. Reread the packing instructions for liquids.
  • Place all items removed from the bag on a plastic tray and place it on the scanning conveyor.
  • Present your printed or electronic boarding pass to the security staff. At Helsinki Airport, you present your boarding pass to an e-gate boarding pass reader before entering the security control.
  • Walk through the metal detector gate.

If you set off the metal detector

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 (Traficom) 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).

What if I have packed a prohibited item?

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

  • return to the check-in counter to to check in hand baggage,
  • leave it with a friend or family member if you were dropped off at the airport, store it in your car
  • or use one of the left luggage facilities at the airport. A fee is payable for the left luggage service. At Helsinki Airport, storage lockers can be found in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. The airport also has a storage service.

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 depository close to airport. The practices vary by airport and some service providers will charge a storage fee. If items are removed from your luggage, staff will replace them with more specific instructions for how to reclaim your items.

If confiscated items are not picked up during the storage period: After having being stored for a month, all the items confiscated at the security checkpoints at the Finavia airports are destroyed, recycled or donated to charity.

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 and Communications Agency Traficom is the national authority in charge of security control regulations. The Traficom website provides further information on airport security control procedures.

Privacy policy: Security check and guarding duty reporting system (PDF)