Guide to the new rules for hand baggage in airports

Published 2006-11-06 03:16:56

Guide to the new rules for carry-on/hand baggage in European airports (EU+ Switzerland, Norway,...) from the 6th Nov. 2006

Liquids and liquid substances in your carry-on baggage must be packed in containers with a maximum capacity of 100 ml (1/10 litre)

You may pack more than one container, but no more than you can fit into a one-litre plastic bag

Authorities specify that the bag must be a ‘transparent, re-sealable bag with a maximum capacity of one litre. The closing mechanism must be an integral part of the bag. You may for instance use re-sealable “freezer bags”, available from many major supermarkets.’

Get hold of a bag that meets the authorities’ requirements – and pack your liquid containers in this

At the airport, help is at hand

At the airport, signs, information flyers and airport staff will remind you of the new rules

In the initial period, bags will be available at the airport free of charge, but please regard this as an option of last resort; the more passengers packing correctly before they leave home, the quicker passengers will be able to pass through security.

Be prepared at the security checkpoint

Have your bag of liquids ready for separate x-raying at the security checkpoint

Remove computers and other large electrical items from your carry-on baggage – such items must be x-rayed separately

Remove your coat at the security checkpoint. It too must be x-rayed separately

Duty-free: you can buy tax-free goods at the airport as usual

You can buy goods as usual beyond the security checkpoint

Articles bought at the airport beyond the security checkpoints (including spirits, perfume and other liquids) are exempt from the new rules

You can buy tax-free goods at the airport as usual, but please be aware that your will receive your goods in a sealed bag, which must remain sealed until your final destination

For passengers in transit from non European countries, items bought in duty-free might be confiscated as it is difficult to trace their origin.

See also for more information European websites such as:


In addition you have still specific rules for British Airports:
Passengers are allowed to carry ONE item of hand baggage, no larger than:

* 56 centimetres tall (approximately 22 inches)
* 45 centimetres wide (approximately 17.7 inches)
* 25 centimetres deep (approximately 10 inches)

through the airport security search point. This is the maximum bag size allowed through security.
Please note that other bags, such as handbags, may be carried WITHIN the single item of cabin baggage - not in addition.

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