Security measures in European Union airports regarding carrying liquids in hand luggage.
Security: Carrying liquids
In order to protect you against the risk of explosive liquids, the European Union (EU) has adopted security measures that restrict the amounts of liquids or substances with a similar consistency that passengers may carry through the security checkpoints at community airports. These measures have been in force since 6 November 2006 for all passengers departing from EU airports and those of Norway, Iceland and Switzerland for any destination.
However, these measures do not prevent passengers from purchasing these liquids or substances in the shops located beyond the checkpoint where you show your boarding card, in the duty-free shops in authorised airports in non-EU countries or on board aircraft operated by EU airlines.
Liquids are only permitted in hand luggage in the following cases:
Liquids in individual containers with a capacity of less than 100 ml. These containers must be carried in a transparent plastic bag that can be resealed, with a capacity of not more than 1 litre (a bag approximately 20 x 20 cm in size). Each passenger may carry only one such bag (including children).
The contents should fit inside the bag comfortably, and it must be possible to close the bag completely.
Passengers should obtain such bags before commencing their journey. They can be purchased in any shopping centre, as long as the bags meet the established requirements, or in the shops in some airports.
For the purposes of these requirements, the following are considered liquids:
- Water and other drinks, soups, syrups.
- Creams, pastes (including toothpaste), lotions and oils.
- Gels, such as shower gel or shampoo.
- The contents of pressurised containers, including shaving foam, other foams and deodorants.
- Any other of a similar consistency.
Liquids that have to be used during the journey, whether due to medical requirements or special dietary needs, including baby food. When requested to do so, the passenger must demonstrate the authenticity of such liquids.
It is recommended that, whenever possible, passengers carry with them their medical prescription or proof of their particular condition.
* Journey = outward flight + stay + return flight.
Liquids, such as drinks or perfumes, purchased in the shops in EU airports or in authorised** airports in non-EU countries, only when these shops are situated past the security checkpoints. Should you acquire any of the products affected by these regulations, ask the shop personnel for more information about how to transport the liquids you have acquired.
** In Singapore: Changi International Airport, Singapore (SIN); in Croatia, Dubrovnik (DBV), Rijeka (RJK), Pula (PUY), Split (SPU), Zadar (ZAD) and Zagreb (ZAG) airports; in Canada: all international airports; in Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL); in the USA: all international airports.
- Liquids obtained on board an aircraft belonging to a European Community airline. Should you acquire any of the products affected by these regulations, ask the crew for more information about how to transport the liquids you have acquired.
If you are going to travel with any of the permitted liquids mentioned in the previous points in your hand luggage, you must remove them from your hand luggage, place them in the tray provided and present them at the security checkpoints so that they can be inspected separately from the rest of your hand luggage.
If these products are sold in sealed bags, do not open them until you have finished your journey. If you are going to continue travelling from another EU airport, do not open the bag until you have left the last community airport.
These restrictions relating to the transport of liquids do not affect luggage that is checked in..
If you have any queries, please contact your airline or travel agent prior to your journey.
Please co-operate with the airport security staff and airlines. They are working for your safety by complying with the regulations in force.