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SECURITY AT GATWICK AIRPORT: See "International Arrivals". For further questions, ontact the Airport. Listed below are security regulations concerning only Persons traveling with children or babies: For US security regulations, go to http://www.ifly.com/airport-security.

Persons Traveling with Children / Babies - Questions and Answers:

Q: Am I allowed to take a baby-bag as well as my own cabin bag, if my child is sitting on my lap?
A. Yes, even though the baby does not have its own seat it has its own bag allowance. But do check other restrictions with your airline.

Q. Am I allowed to take my child�s pushchair to the gate?
A. Yes, you are allowed to take pushchairs, prams and buggies to the gate. These items will need to be X-rayed, though, and so your child/children will have to be lifted out at security. The security officers may make further checks of the pushchair.

Q. Am I allowed to take children�s puzzle books, games and stickers on board?
A. Yes, you are allowed to carry these in your hand luggage through security and you can also buy them in the departure lounge.

Q. Can I take wet wipes on the plane?
A. Yes, you can carry wet wipes.

Q. Can I take milk powder with me to make up a bottle of milk on the plane?
A. Yes, you can carry milk powder.

Q. What about a bottle or carton of prepared milk or sterilized water, do they need to be a maximum of 100ml?
A. No, nor do they have to fit in the resealable bag. However, the amount must be sufficient for your trip only and you will be asked to taste the liquids by a security officer. There are no limits on powder formula and bottled water is available in shops after security and airlines can provide water during the flight.

Q. Can you buy cartons of formula milk from the shops after security?
A. Yes. Boots sell Cow & Gate ready to drink formula in both 250ml and 500ml after security at Heathrow and Stansted. Every country which is implementing the new security arrangements has accepted that parents with babies should be able to carry sufficient baby food/milk for the journey, so "reasonable amounts" are exempted although you may be asked to taste them.

Q. What happens if the baby can only tolerate non-dairy and needs soy or rice milk?
A. As long as the milk is in a bottle and tasted by the accompanying adult at security that�s fine.

Q. What about jars of baby food?
A. Any jars of baby food will be required to be opened and tasted, they do not need to go into the re-sealable bag.

Q. What about pureed food in plastic pots or containers?
A. Any pots of baby food will be required to be opened and tasted; they do not need to go into the re-sealable bag.

Q. Can we take baby car seats (for use on the plane) through security?
A. Yes, and they do not count as your single bag.

Q. Can we carry sandwiches and crisps for the children?
A. Yes, crisps are fine and sandwiches with any type of filling are also permitted.

Q. Can we carry children�s liquid ibuprofen and paracetamol in our hand luggage?
A. Yes, sufficient for the trip. You may need to test the liquid medicine by tasting it in front of security.

Helpful Tips & Resources

Whether you're a seasoned jet-setter or a first-time flyer, iFly.com has everything you need to make your airport experience stress-free. Check out these helpful tips for traveling to, from, or through LGW: 

  • Take advantage of the free wifi and explore the web if you have some time before your departure! Additionally, you can relax, grab a snack, and browse the shops.
  • If you're looking for ways to pass the time before your flight takes off, check out these cool layover ideas at London Gatwick Airport.
  • If you want to know if your flight might be late, check out the arrival status of the inbound flight.
  • Are you planning a trip to the airport and unsure of the different parking options and their associated costs? Check out this link to find out the locations and fees for both on-airport and off-airport parking.
  • If you need to know what business services are available, like copy machines, postal services, or notaries, please check here.
  • If you are travelling within the local area and need a fast way to reach your destination, take a look at the airport shuttle options available here.