Safety & Security

Safety and security are our absolute priority at SAR.

Please follow our top tips:

Knowing what’s allowed and what’s not allowed before you arrive at the station – as well as giving yourself plenty of time to follow the security procedures, will save your time and inconvenience and make your journey with SAR more enjoyable.

ID Card

Have your ticket and ID ready before you approach the security check point.

Electronic Items

Take your laptop, iPad, Kindle and any other similar, large electrical items out of your hand baggage to be x-rayed separately.

Apparel

Remove coats, jackets and belts. They will need to be x-rayed along with your bag.

Remove Shoes

Be prepared to remove your shoes before going through the security archway.

Items Prohibited in Checked-in Baggage

Checked-in baggage is the term we use for luggage that is checked-in and placed in our luggage coach for the duration of your journey. There are several items that you are allowed to carry in checked-in baggage that you are not allowed to carry on-board with you in your hand baggage. Items that you can have in your checked-in baggage but not in your hand baggage include:

Scissors

Sharp items including scissors

Razor blades

Razors that have the blade set into plastic molds are allowed in hand baggage, but other types are not

Knives

Knives with blades of any length.

Hypodermic needles

Unless required for medical reasons, for which proof will be required

Tools

Including multi-tools and pen knives

Catapults

Walking/hiking poles

Sports Items

Sporting bats, darts, billiard, snooker or pool cues.

  • Hand baggage

    Hand baggage is the term we use for the luggage that you carry through security and keep with you during your journey.

    Our Security Check-Point closes promptly 5 minutes before the train departure, and we recommend that customers pass through this point at least 15 minutes prior, having enough time to clear the security checks, enter the platform and board the train.

    Customers travelling with a pacemaker or ICD should inform security staff before passing through the walk-through metal detector at the Security Check-Point, as this may set off the metal detector alarm. Please produce your pacemaker / ICD identification card when doing so.

  • Smoking materials

    Cigarettes, e-cigarettes and other tobacco products are all allowed in hand baggage.

    You cannot carry any lighters or matches on board. You will be asked to leave any lighters at the security check-point.

    Please note smoking of cigarettes and e-cigarettes are not permitted inside the station building or onboard SAR trains at any time.

Prohibited Items

There are some items that you’re not allowed to take on our trains in either your hand baggage or your checked-in baggage. This is not an exhaustive list, and anything that’s inherently dangerous or that could be used to commit an act of violence or threat will not be permitted for travelling with SAR:

prohibited items

Checked-in Baggage

Luggage that is checked-in and placed in our luggage coach for the duration of your journey.

Item Type

All explosives and incendiary materials: Gunpowder (including black powder and percussion caps), dynamite, blasting caps, fireworks, flares, plastic explosives, grenades, replicas of incendiary devices, and replicas of plastic explosives.
No
Gases and pressure containers: Aerosols (with the exception of personal care items or toiletries in limited quantities), carbon dioxide cartridges, oxygen tanks (with the exception of Medical Person Devices, providing the item is within the hand luggage dimensions and supported by hospital or medical practitioners documentation), mace, tear gas, pepper spray, self-inflating rafts, and deeply refrigerated gases such as liquid nitrogen.
No
Flammable Items: Gasoline, gas torches, lighter fluid, cooking fuel, other types of flammable liquid fuel, flammable paints, paint thinner, turpentine, aerosols (exceptions for personal care items, toiletries, or medically related items).
No
Ammunition of any caliber and in any quantity.
No
Oxidizers and organic peroxides: Bleach, nitric acid, fertilizers, swimming pool or spa chemicals, and fiberglass repair kits.
No
Poisons: Weed killers, pesticides, insecticides, rodent poisons, arsenic, and cyanides.
No
Matches & Lighters: All matches and lighters are banned from checked baggage and hand baggage.
No
Infectious materials: Medical laboratory specimens, viral organisms, and bacterial cultures.
No
Weapons: Any kind of weapon made, adapted or intended for use as an offensive weapon.
No
Corrosives: Drain cleaners, car batteries, wet cell batteries, acids, alkalis, lye, and mercury.
No
Drugs & Alcohol: Any kind of drugs and alcohol are not allowed.
No
Knives: Knives of any length, composition or description (except for plastic or round bladed butter knives).
No
Sporting Equipment: Dangerous sporting equipment
Yes
Open razors and cut-throat razors.
Yes
DIY tools: such as screwdrivers, drills and hammers.
Yes

Hand Baggage

Luggage that you carry through security and keep with you during your journey.

Item Type

All explosives and incendiary materials: Gunpowder (including black powder and percussion caps), dynamite, blasting caps, fireworks, flares, plastic explosives, grenades, replicas of incendiary devices, and replicas of plastic explosives.
No
Gases and pressure containers: Aerosols (with the exception of personal care items or toiletries in limited quantities), carbon dioxide cartridges, oxygen tanks (with the exception of Medical Person Devices, providing the item is within the hand luggage dimensions and supported by hospital or medical practitioners documentation), mace, tear gas, pepper spray, self-inflating rafts, and deeply refrigerated gases such as liquid nitrogen.
No
Flammable Items: Gasoline, gas torches, lighter fluid, cooking fuel, other types of flammable liquid fuel, flammable paints, paint thinner, turpentine, aerosols (exceptions for personal care items, toiletries, or medically related items).
No
Ammunition of any caliber and in any quantity.
No
Oxidizers and organic peroxides: Bleach, nitric acid, fertilizers, swimming pool or spa chemicals, and fiberglass repair kits.
No
Poisons: Weed killers, pesticides, insecticides, rodent poisons, arsenic, and cyanides.
No
Matches & Lighters: All matches and lighters are banned from checked baggage and hand baggage.
No
Infectious materials: Medical laboratory specimens, viral organisms, and bacterial cultures.
No
Weapons: Any kind of weapon made, adapted or intended for use as an offensive weapon.
No
Corrosives: Drain cleaners, car batteries, wet cell batteries, acids, alkalis, lye, and mercury.
No
Drugs & Alcohol: Any kind of drugs and alcohol are not allowed.
No
Knives: Knives of any length, composition or description (except for plastic or round bladed butter knives).
No
Sporting Equipment: Dangerous sporting equipment
No
Open razors and cut-throat razors.
No
DIY tools: such as screwdrivers, drills and hammers.
No

If our security teams have any concerns about an item that they believe might represent a risk, SAR reserves the right to remove or refuse that item.