Liquid restrictions for hand luggage on airplanes
September 28, 2009 1 Comment
In order to protect you against the threat of liquid explosives in aircraft cabins, the European Union (EU) adopted new security rules that restrict the amount of liquids that you can take through security checkpoints.
These rules apply to all passengers departing from Airports in the EU, wherever their destination. The rules were applied on 6th November 2006 and apply until further notice so please check with your carrier for any updates before flying.
You are only allowed to take small quantities of liquids in your hand luggage. These liquids must be in individual containers with a maximum of 100 millilitres each. You must pack these containers into one transparent resealable bag of not more than one litre capacity per passenger.
- Water, other drinks, lotions and oils.
- Gels, including hair and shower gels.
- Contents of pressurised containers, including shaving foam, other foams and deodorants.
- Pastes, including toothpaste.
- Liquid-Solid mixtures.
- Any other item of similar consistency.
In order to help screeners detect liquids, you must:
- Present all liquids carried to the screeners at security checkpoints for examination.
- Take off you jacket and/or coat. They will be screened separately whilst you are being screened.
- Remove laptop computers and other large electrical devices from your hand luggage. They will be screened separately whilst you are being screened.
What has not changed?
- You can still pack liquids in your luggage which will be checked in for transit in the aircraft hold.
- You can carry medicines and dietary requirements, including baby foods for use during the trip. You may be asked for proof that they are needed.
Read more about prohibited articles in hand luggage and luggage which will be checked in for transit in the aircraft hold.
If you have any doubts, please ask your airline or your travel agent in advance of travel.
You are also advised to be courteous and co-operate with airport security and airport staff who enforce these regulations.