Passenger Information

Airport security: all you need to know

We know there are a million-and-one things to remember before starting your trip, so when it comes to something as important as airport security, and knowing what you can and can’t take with you, it’s good to be prepared, here’s how.

We’ve put together a quick checklist so you’re clear on how to best prepare for airport security. That way you can get on with enjoying your trip.

  • Have your travel documents ready.
  • If you’re taking liquids (this includes toiletries, perfumes, cosmetics and food), make sure they’re in containers of 100ml or less, and in a transparent, re-sealable plastic bag. You’re allowed a maximum of ten items in this bag.
  • Keep these re-sealable bags separate from your hand luggage, and give them straight to security staff.
  • Stick to your airline’s baggage restrictions on hold and hand baggage weight allowance.
  • Take off your jacket and/or coat. They will be put through the x-ray scanner separately.
  • Empty your pockets into the trays provided.
  • Remove laptop computers and other large electrical devices (like iPads and tablets) from your hand luggage. These will be screened through the x-ray scanner separately.
  • We may ask you to take off your shoes and belt.
When travelling from any airport, liquids are only permitted in containers of 100ml or less. These containers need to be in a 20cm x 20cm re-sealable, transparent plastic bag and given to security staff separately from your hand luggage.

You’re allowed a maximum of ten items of 100ml or less, in no more than one bag per passenger. These restrictions only apply to hand baggage; liquids can still be packed in your hold luggage. Take note of dangerous and prohibited items and hand luggage restrictions which is available from your airline.

The following liquids are permitted, provided they’re in containers of no more than 100ml: gels, pastes, creams, contents of pressurized containers, drinks, soups, syrups, deodorant, shaving gel or foam and aerosols. See liquid guidelines for further details. Please bear in mind that this is not a definitive list. Do not pack any sharp or restricted items in your hand luggage.

If you’re unsure, please ask your airline or travel agent before you travel.

Airlines flying from KMI Airport have their own restrictions on weight allowance for hold and hand baggage.

It’s down to you to make sure the amount of bags you take through security meets your airline’s guidelines. This means you avoid being refused entry at the boarding gate.

You’re allowed to bring a pushchair, buggy or baby car seat, but it will need to go through the x-ray scanner. You’re also allowed to bring baby food, but only the amount that’s necessary for your trip; it will also need to go through the x-ray scanner.

If you need to travel with containers of prepared milk, that’s fine. Even though they do not have to be below 100ml or carried in a transparent bag, we’ll need to put them through the x-ray scanner.

We advise checking with your airline about restrictions on taking a pushchair, buggy or baby car seat onto your flight.

You’re allowed to take the medicines with you that you need to sustain you for your flight. Anything else should go in your hold baggage.

Anything under 100ml should be put in the transparent, re-sealable plastic bag with you other liquids.

Even though there is no limit on the amount of medicine you can take through security, it will go through additional security screening. You’ll be asked to prove that you need the medicine.

If you need to bring things like insulin and needles, or asthma inhalers, you are able to do so, but only the amount you need for your flight (put the rest in your hold baggage). Again, you will be asked to prove that you need it.

Bringing a wheelchair or walking frame through security is fine and, like all items, it will be searched thoroughly. Check with your airline about restrictions on taking it on your flight.

Should you need to bring medical equipment like heart rate monitors, that’s also fine, provided it meets the restrictions on size. Any equipment like this is subject to security screening.

Baggage guidelines and restrictions

Information on baggage guidelines and restrictions at KMI Airport

Our advice is to carry the minimum of hand baggage, and make sure you arrive early at the airport and allow time for security screening.
Here’s a quick checklist on the rules for hand baggage:
Airlines flying from KMI Airport have their own restrictions on weight allowance for hold and hand baggage.

It’s down to you to make sure the amount of bags you take through security meets your airline’s guidelines. This means you avoid being refused entry at the boarding gate.

When travelling from any airport, liquids are only permitted in containers of 100ml or less. These containers need to be in a 20cm x 20cm re-sealable, transparent plastic bag and given to security staff separately from your hand luggage.

You’re allowed a maximum of ten items of 100ml or less, in no more than one bag per passenger. These restrictions only apply to hand baggage; liquids can still be packed in your hold luggage.

The following liquids are permitted, provided they’re in containers of no more than 100ml: gels, pastes, creams, contents of pressurized containers, drinks, soups, syrups, deodorant, shaving gel or foam and aerosols.

Please bear in mind that this is not a definitive list. Do not pack any sharp or restricted items in your hand luggage. At KMI Airport we class laser pointers as such.

If you’re unsure, please ask your airline before you travel.

• Clearly label all bags with your name and your destination address.
• Ensure you pack your own bag and do not allow anyone to tamper with it.
• Do not carry items for other people.
• Never leave bags or personal belongings unattended. Unattended bags and belongings are considered a security risk and may be removed.
• Do not pack any sharp or restricted items in your hand luggage.
• Unattended bags and belongings are considered a security risk and may be removed.

Check-in

When to arrive

We do recommend you arrive at least two hours ahead of the scheduled time of departure. Whether you have checked-in online or are checking-in at the airport, do allow plenty of time for traffic, parking and security search.

We endeavor to make your journey through KMI Airport as quick and efficient as possible, but this may take longer when flying at the busiest time. Do remember, it’s your responsibility to arrive on time.

Please note stores will normally be open between the hours of our first and last departing flight each day.

Ways to check-in

Check-in desks

On arrival at the airport check the information screens for the correct check-in desk. Once you have checked-in we recommend that you enjoy the restaurants, bars and shops prior to our security checkpoint as most are situated before this point.

If you have checked-in online, have a printed boarding card and do not have any luggage to check-in, you can proceed straight to security.

Remember every airline is different so don’t forget to check specific information directly with them.

Items you may wish to check:

  • Sports equipment
  • Bag weight allowance
  • Priority check-ins
  • Additional charges
  • Pre-booking a seat or sitting together

Passport Control

Our Immigration Officers at KMI Airport provide a fast and seamless experience for the airport user, so you can be rest assured to get on with your journey without delay.

All international passengers arriving at KMI Airport has to go through Passport Control. Immigration Officers scan passports and cross-check passenger details to ensure that only those eligible to enter the country can do so. You can help Immigration Officers by having your passport open to the photograph page and being ready for examination by the time you reach the inspection point. We endeavour to provide both a warm welcome to passengers visiting South Africa and a convenient return home for local passengers after a trip away. However, the Immigration Officers manages all border control points, enforcing immigration and customs regulations, and the safety and security of the country must, understandably be its top priority.