Tips for security control
Tips for security control


for security control

The security control separates the public area of the airport from the aviation security area, to which passengers are admitted with their boarding pass. Passenger and hand baggage screening ensures that only booked passengers are allowed access and that prohibited items do not get into the sensitive aviation security area.

Use the checkpoint in the respective departure terminal

  • Basic rules: Travellers from Terminal 1 use the security control lines in T1. Travellers from Terminal 2 use the security control lines in T2.
  • Terminal 1 has 36 security controls for departing passengers distributed across five control areas. Passengers departing from Terminal 1 can take any security checkpoint in the check-in hall or even in the adjacent pavilions to access the airside of Terminal 1. Travellers can find out which security checkpoint is least busy on the display boards next to the flight boards on site, on the homepage of the BER website and in the Berlin Airport App. 
  • Terminal 2 has eight security controls with two lines each. 

Good preparation is the be-all and end-all

Each passenger can help to make the security control faster and more relaxed. Good preparation before the flight is the be-all and end-all. 

  • To avoid congestion at boarding, passengers are currently asked to take only one piece of hand luggage per person. The respective airline will provide information on size and weight. 
  • At the security control, only liquids that do not exceed 100 ml each and a total of 1 litre are permitted Travellers should therefore pack liquids – max. 10 pieces with a maximum capacity of 100 ml each – in a transparent and resealable bag in accordance with the regulations. Only one bag per passenger is allowed. This bag should be placed at the top of the hand baggage so that it can be quickly placed in the control tray at the hand baggage check. Liquids in excess of 100ml must be disposed of prior to screening.
  • Certain items (e.g. weapons, sharp objects such as razor blades, scissors, tools or blunt objects such as baseball bats) have no place in hand baggage. 
  • Prams and buggies that exceed the dimensions of 107 x 24.5 cm when folded may not be taken through the security control point, but must be handed in at the large baggage check-in after check-in. 

The regulations for hand baggage, the carrying of liquids and an overview of the prohibited items are clearly presented here: 

These regulations apply to your hand luggage

Security control

and what every passenger can do to facilitate the process at the security control 

  • Go through security immediately after check-in and baggage check-in, with your boarding pass already at hand. 
  • Observe the displays on how busy the security control points are (on site or on the website) and go to the control point with the shortest waiting times. All departure gates are accessible from each security control point. (Passengers departing from Terminal 2 use the corresponding security control points in Terminal 2).
  • To enter the queuing area, passengers must first scan their boarding passes at the readers. After check-in, have your boarding pass ready either on your mobile device (smartphone or tablet) or in printed form. The boarding pass will be checked either by a scanner or by security staff. 
  • Outerwear such as coats, scarves, caps, etc. should be removed shortly before your own check-in and kept ready to hand. 
  • Passengers are encouraged to use the preparation tables in front of the security checkpoints to best prepare themselves for the check and thus increase the speed at the security control. Specifically, this means:
    Take a screening tray yourself and put
  1. the hand baggage,
  2. Outerwear (coats, caps, scarves, etc.)
  3. the contents of trouser and clothing pockets (keys, etc.)
  4. electronic devices (smartphone, tablet, laptop, e-book reader, cameras, etc.)
  5. as well as the properly packed and sealed liquid bag
  6. shoes (if addressed by security personnel) 

separately into the screen trays.  When travellers subsequently pass through the security screening, they must not have anything in their hands. Clothing pockets should be completely empty. 

  • After all items have been deposited, the personal screening will take place. Enter the security scanner at the staff’s request, place your feet on the markings and raise your arms above your head. If an alarm is triggered, a manual follow-up check is carried out by the security staff. If necessary, this can also be done in a separate cabin. 
  • If you wear a pacemaker operated by a shunt or a valve, please inform the relevant screening staff beforehand.
  • The instructions of the staff must be followed during the entire process. 
  • Jokes about bombs, drugs, weapons or the like are to be refrained from, as the security officers take every threat seriously and investigate it. In case of doubt, access to the security area and thus the flight can be denied. 
  • After a personal screening has been carried out, the checked items can be taken back. If necessary, a follow-up check of the items carried is necessary in the presence of the passenger. 

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