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Air Regulations

Carry-on Luggage Regulations

Authorised Luggage

Each passenger is allowed one carry-on item, the dimensions of which must not exceed 55 cm x 35 cm x 25 cm. Passengers may also carry one personal item, such as a purse, crib, laptop, wheelchair, pair of crutches, pushchair or stroller. The total weight of such items must not exceed 12 kg.

Security Rules for Liquids

What are liquids?

  • Anything liquid including water, soups and syrups
  • Creams, lotions, oils, perfumes, mascaras
  • Sprays and aerosols, including shaving cream and deodorants
  • Paste, including toothpaste
  • Gels, including liquid soap
  • Any product of a similar consistency.
  • It is best to put as many of your liquid items as possible in your checked luggage.

    For liquids, creams, pastes and gels taken on board, a specific regulation applies. All of these products must be presented at security checks in a transparent plastic bag (ex. freezer bag) of a maximum capacity of one litre (around 20 cm x 20 cm). Each liquid container cannot contain more than 100 ml and all containers must fit in the bag. Passengers may present only one closed bag, which must fit in the hand luggage. Any container over 100 ml is not allowed to pass through security checks, but is allowed in checked luggage.

    Lighters

    Passengers are allowed to carry a lighter with them onboard. The lighter must be placed in a transparent bag and remain with them for the entire duration of the trip; it can not be placed in hand luggage. Note that lighters are not allowed in checked luggage either.

    Medication and Medical Equipment

    Any necessary medications in containers over 100 ml may be taken with you onboard. However, all such drugs must be checked at the security point. In addition, you must obtain an agreement from the airport and the airline company you are travelling with prior to departure. You must also bring all relevant medical documentation (prescriptions, certificates...) which state that these drugs are essential to your health.

    You may also take onboard any medical equipment you might need during the trip. If possible, this material must fit in only one piece of luggage and you must carry with you documentation showing it is necessary.

    Children

    You are allowed to take with you in cabin enough liquid baby food and sterilised water for the duration of the journey. However, you may be asked to taste a small amount of these items at the security checkpoint.

    Duty free

    You can take liquid products bought after the security checkpoint onboard, regardless of their size. The majority of stores will handle your purchased items in a sealed bag; do not open it before reaching your final destination and keep your proof of purchase, as you will be asked to show it during transfer.

    Note that if you have a connecting flight and your liquid items have been purchased in an airport's duty free area or onboard an aircraft from a non-EU company, you will be asked to check them.

    How to Prepare for Your Trip

    Before you get to the airport

    Take only items which are absolutely necessary in cabin and check as many liquid products as possible. Buy your plastic freezer bag before getting to the airport. If you have a doubt about regulations applying to your journey, contact the airport you are leaving from or your airline before getting to the airport.

    Remember you cannot take wrapped gifts with you, as they will be unwrapped at the security checkpoint.

    Upon arriving at the security gates

    Be ready to show your freezer bag to the security agent; it will be checked at the same time as your hand luggage. Take off your coat or jacket so they can be checked and remove any metal objects from your pockets.

    If you are travelling with a laptop or any other electrical appliance, remove it from your luggage and present it separately. In some cases, the security agent may ask you to take off your shoes or your belt.

    Forbidden and Authorised Items

    Sharp Objects

  • Box cutters: forbidden in hand luggage, but allowed in checked luggage
  • Ice picks: forbidden in hand luggage, but allowed in checked luggage
  • Knives, except for plastic or butter knives with a rounded blade: forbidden in hand luggage, but allowed in checked luggage
  • Meat cleavers: forbidden in hand luggage, but allowed in checked luggage
  • Razor-type blades, such as cutters, utility knives, razor blades not in a cartridge, with the exception of safety razors: forbidden in hand luggage, but allowed in checked luggage
  • Metal scissors with pointed tips and blades shorter than four inches: authorised both in hand and checked luggage
  • Sabers and swords: forbidden in hand luggage, but allowed in checked luggage
  • Sports Equipment

  • Baseball or cricket bats: forbidden in hand luggage, but allowed in checked luggage
  • Bows and arrows: forbidden in hand luggage, but allowed in checked luggage
  • Golf clubs: forbidden in hand luggage, but allowed in checked luggage
  • Hockey or lacrosse sticks: forbidden in hand luggage, but allowed in checked luggage
  • Pool cues: forbidden in hand luggage, but allowed in checked luggage
  • Ski poles: forbidden in hand luggage, but allowed in checked luggage
  • Spear guns: forbidden in hand luggage, but allowed in checked luggage
  • Guns and Firearms

  • Ammunition: forbidden in hand luggage. Check with your airline or travel agent if ammunition is permitted in checked baggage on the airline you are flying with. If ammunition is permitted, it must be declared to the airline at check-in. Small arms ammunition for personal use must be securely packed in fiber, wood or metal boxes, or other packaging specifically designed to carry small amounts of ammunition. Ask about limitations or fees, if any, that could apply.
  • Compressed air guns, including paintball markers: forbidden in hand luggage, but authorised in checked luggage without compressed air cylinder attached.
  • Firearms and flare guns: forbidden in hand luggage; they may be carried as checked baggage but must be unloaded, packed in a locked hard-sided container, and declared to the airline at check-in.
  • Flares: forbidden in hand and checked luggage
  • Gun lighters: forbidden in hand luggage, but allowed in checked luggage
  • Gun powder: forbidden in hand luggage as well as checked luggage
  • Parts of guns and firearmes: forbidden in hand luggage, but allowed in checked luggage
  • Pellet guns: forbidden in hand luggage, but allowed in checked luggage
  • Realistic replicas of firearms: forbidden in hand luggage, but allowed in checked luggage
  • Starter pistols: forbidden in hand luggage, but allowed in checked luggage
  • Tools

  • Axes, hatchets, crowbars, hammers, drills and drill bits (including cordless portable power drills), saws (including cordless portable power saws): forbidden in hand luggage, but allowed in checked luggage
  • Other tools longer than seven inches are forbidden in hand luggage but allowed in checked luggage. All tools shorter than seven inches are authorised both in hand luggage and checked luggage.
  • Explosive materials

  • All explosive materials, without exception, including realistic replicas of explosives, are forbidden both in hand luggage and checked luggage, as they are flammable items (fuel, gasoline, lighter torches...).
  • Other

  • Chlorine for pools and spas, fire extinguishers, gas cylinders, liquid bleach, spillable batteries (except for those in wheelchairs), spray paint and tear gas are not allowed either in hand or checked luggage.
  • Small compressed gas cartridges: authorised both in hand and checked luggage, for up to two in life vests and two spares.
  • Mace or pepper spray: a container up to 118 mL or 4 Fl. oz. is permitted in checked baggage provided it is equipped with a safety mechanism to prevent accidental discharge.
  • Gel-type candles: forbidden in hand luggage, but allowed in checked luggage
  • Gel shoe inserts: forbidden in hand luggage (except for shoes constructed with gel heels, which are allowed but must be removed and screened), allowed in checked luggage.
  • Snow globes and similar decorations regardless of their size or the amount of liquid inside: forbidden in hand luggage, but allowed in checked luggage
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