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Terminal 1 Main Departures (Level 5) Security

Manchester Airport, Manchester, M90 1QX

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COVID-19 Information (Manchester Airport)

  • The information in this section was taken in October 2021.
  • Further information on terminal changes can be found here.
  • Hand sanitiser is available at all entry/exit points and key 'high touch' areas. These have been positioned so as to not impede general access around the site.
  • Manchester Airport strongly recommends the wearing of face coverings at all times in the terminal building. This is in line with government guidance, which states that it expects and recommends face coverings to be worn on public transport and where crowds can gather. Many airlines are continuing to make face coverings mandatory, so passengers are advised to check with their carrier before flying.
  • Signage is in place across the site to enforce the social distancing measures. This is supported by regular audio announcements.
  • Protective screens have been installed at all counters where face to face transactions occur including the reception points for assistance, check-in, ticket desks and in retail outlets. In other areas such as security where this is not practical, the wearing of face coverings is mandatory.
  • Toilets are available.
  • From Monday 4 October, those who have been fully vaccinated will not need a pre-departure test before arriving into England from a non red list country. Later in October, fully vaccinated passengers will be able to take a lateral flow test instead of a day 2 PCR test.
  • For more information about the measures in place for Covid-19 please click here (new tab) .


Getting Here

Outside Access (Main Security Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the Main Check In Hall, opposite central entrance.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open towards you (pull).
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The door opening is 178cm (5ft 10in) wide.
  • Comments View
    • This entrance is 59 metres from the new Reception Point for Assistance.

Getting Help and Assistance

  • There is a member of staff available for help and assistance.
  • There is not a member of staff trained in British Sign Language.
  • British Sign Language interpreters can be provided on request.
  • The alternative formats documents can be provided in include; Braille on request and large print on request.
  • There is not an assistance dog toilet or toileting area at the venue/nearby.
  • Water bowls for assistance dogs are available.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.

Fast Lane Passport Security Desk

  • This is for wheelchair users and all passengers with a disability.
  • The security desk is 45 metres from the main security entrance.
  • There is a gate, 190cm wide, next to the desk for passengers to access the security lanes.
  • There are new auto readers located at this security desk, as shown in photograph 1.

Security Lanes 2-3

  • Wheelchair users will need to access lane 3, which contains a 90cm wide gate (shown in the photograph).
  • These lanes are 22 metres from the Fast Lane Passport Security Desk.
  • The entrance to the Pre Duty Free Departure Lounge is 12 metres from these security lanes.

Outside Access (Staff Channel Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located in the far left corner of the Main Check In Hall.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open towards you (pull).
  • The doors are single width.
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The door opening is 100cm (3ft 3in) wide.
  • Comments View
    • This entrance will only be used by passengers being assisted by a member of staff.
    • Passengers not accompanied by a member of staff cannot use this entrance.
    • This entrance is not available to use during the morning peak period.

Staff Channel Security Desk

  • This is 3 metres from the Staff Channel entrance.

Security Lane 14

  • Passengers being assisted by an OCS representative will pass through Security Lane 14, which has a 95cm wide gate.
  • The passenger will then be assisted into the Pre Duty Free Departure Lounge.