Hand Luggage

Security measures for civil aviation

A new European Commission regulation on civil aviation security has been in force since 6 November 2006. This regulation restricts the amount of liquid that passengers are allowed to carry in their hand luggage through security checkpoints.

This regulation applies to all departures from airports within the European Community.

There are two restrictions on the amount of liquids in hand luggage:

Passengers may only carry liquids in containers with a maximum capacity of 100 ml.
All liquid containers must be presented in a plastic bag (maximum capacity: 1l) at the security checkpoints. This must be transparent and sealable. Airports are not obliged to provide plastic bags for passengers! Liquids include drinks, gels, lotions, creams, toothpaste and shaving foam.

Exceptions apply in the following cases:

Baby food, milk or juice for accompanying babies and toddlers may be carried.
Personally prescribed medication and medication required during the flight, such as insulin, may be carried. It requires a doctor’s certificate confirming that the passenger requires these medicines.

Liquids purchased in the airport behind the security checks may be carried in the passenger’s hand luggage.

Please note: In case of stopovers or change of aircraft (hub flights), you have to go through the hand baggage check again, i.e. you have to observe the listed rules again. This means that you may now also carry liquids purchased in duty-free shops (perfume, drinks bottles, etc.) only in a transparent plastic bag and only up to 100 ml each, otherwise customs will withhold the liquids purchased.

In addition, passengers are required to take off their coats, jackets, blazers or jackets at the security check and to remove large electronic devices, such as notebooks, from their bags.

The already known regulations on prohibited items in baggage and hand luggage remain valid.

Please also note possible current changes for air travellers.