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Security control

Pre-flight security control includes the screening of passengers and baggage for a safe flight. The security checkpoint is located on the first floor of the Tallinn Airport Terminal 1, just right from the check-in desks.

Pre-flight security control includes the screening of passengers and baggage pursuant to the requirements established by Regulation (EC) No. 300/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council.

Attention! Due to the replacement of the security control equipment lasting until April 2024, the security control will work in a reduced capacity. As a result, there may be longer queues during peak hours and during school holidays. To avoid missing the flight, please arrive at the airport 2 hours before the start of your flight! We apologize for any inconvenience.

Have your boarding pass ready

Before going to the security check you need to present your boarding pass. The boarding pass check at Tallinn airport is electronic. Please place your boarding pass barcode in line with the e-gate reader and follow the instructions displayed at the e-gate.

Good to know

Prepare for faster pre-flight security check

  • Familiarize yourself well in advance with the list of prohibited articles in the hand luggage here and pack all the articles prohibited in the hand luggage early into the checked baggage.
  • You can carry liquids up to 2-litres in your hand baggage.
  • When you arrive at the conveyor belts at the security check, place your baggage in the security control box.
  • Remove outerwear and put it in the clothes box.
  • Empty your pockets and remove the trouser belt with a metal buckle and jewelry that can release alarm when passing through the arc.
  • Package light items (such as scarves, headphones, hats, cardigans) in a bag before placing them in the luggage box in order to prevent from getting damaged by rollers of the conveyer belt.

Security check lines

There are five modern security check lines used at the airport. These allow the luggage that does not need to be opened to travel through the screening machine on a single line, where the passenger can retrieve it right away after it’s been screened. The luggage that needs additional check will move to the other line and is further dealt with by the security worker.

There is a  security worker in front of the checkpoint, who, if necessary, will direct you to the free preparation place. The boxes for personal belongings are located in the cavity in front of the control line. Each traveller can use as many boxes as necessary for placing their belongings.

What if there are prohibited items in my baggage?

In the event that the items / substances that are prohibited to be carried on board of an aircraft are discovered with passengers or in their hand luggage, the passenger has the possibility to place these items in the checked luggage. This, of course, if these items/substances are allowed at all to be carried in the checked luggage of the aircraft.

A traveller may also give these items/substances to the acquaintances who have come to see them off. If the traveller does not agree to either option, he / she will be able to put these items /substances in the storage box located on the 0-floor of the passenger terminal.

If you want a manual check (including hand luggage screening) to be carried out in a separate examination room, please inform the security staff of your wish!

NB! If you or your luggage is randomly selected by an automatic system for checking in the explosive detection equipment, please follow the instructions from the security officer. The check takes only a few minutes.

The detection equipment used at Tallinn airport

Tallinn Airport uses the following equipment for examining passengers and their hand luggage:

  • Metal detector gates
  • The explosive detection device (a sample may be taken from both passengers and items accompanying them)
  • Hand-held metal detector
  • X-ray equipment
  • Body scanner ProVision2

Body scanner

The body scanner is a passenger examination system. This allows detecting prohibited articles that are different from the human skin and which he or she wears on the body or in the clothing.
With the body scanner, the privacy of the traveler is fully guaranteed, because his or her clothing and body are not displayed on the screen. Instead, a puppet shaped and gender-neutral general manikin is displayed. The scanner uses safe broadband radio signals and not X-rays for examining travelers. Read more about security scanner here.

All equipment is safe for passengers!

Security Control is conducted by G4S Estonia

Since 2000, the pre-flight security check and security service at the Tallinn Airport have been provided by G4S, the world’s leading provider of security solutions. In providing aviation security, G4S has extensive international experience. For example, the company is serving Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands, London Heathrow Airport, Oslo Airport and Johannesburg Airport in South Africa. The G4S is the world’s largest security group, employing more than 530,000 people in 110 countries.

In 2023, Forus joined the aviation security service providers at Tallinn Airport and is now responsible for the patrol service, the manning of security checkpoints and the work of the security control center that coordinates the activities of these services. Forus is an Estonian company focused on creating a safe and sustainable environment. As one of the largest security companies in Estonia, Forus has 30 years of experience. In addition to the Estonian market, the company also operates in Latvia.

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Security officer always has the right to assess the harmfulness of the item and not to allow the items not mentioned in the list of prohibited items on board of an aircraft, if the item can be used to cause an injury.

Transport Administration

Additional information about the requirements for flight security can also be found on the website of the Transport Administration. More information on prohibited items in cabin baggage can be found here.

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If you wish request assistance please inform us in advance by phone: +(372) 605 8888

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