Information for Air Travellers When Flying at EU Airports

Information for air travelers in European Countries

When flying from an EU airport, you should keep in mind certain security requirements while packing your luggage for your trip and when going to the airport to board your flight:

  • You are not allowed to carry certain things on your person past security checkpoints at airports,
  • You are not allowed to carry, even in your checked luggage, certain things onto an aeroplane,
  • You and your baggage will be subject to security controls before boarding your flight.

Preparing your luggage

For security reasons, the European Union has drawn up a list of prohibited articles that may not be taken aboard aircraft. The list contains obvious dangers for flight security, such as explosives and weapons, but also articles that could cause serious injuries, such as baseball bats or be mistaken as real weapons, such as toy guns.

When packing, you should bear in mind that certain articles, that may appear harmless, are not allowed in your hand luggage for security reasons. Such articles would include: gases and sprays such as pepper sprays; sharp objects such as knives or razor blades; drills or saws; baseball bats or clubs. Such items will either have to be surrender at the security checkpoint or will have to be packed into your hold luggage.

  • LIST OF PROHIBITED ARTICLES IN YOUR CABIN BAGGAGE:
    a. guns, firearms and other devices that discharge projectiles (devices capable, or appearing capable, of being used to cause serious injury by discharging a projectile), including: – firearms of all types, such as pistols, revolvers, rifles, shotguns, – toy guns, replicas and imitation firearms capable of being mistaken for real weapons, – component parts of firearms, excluding telescopic sights, – compressed air and CO2 guns, such as pistols, pellet guns, rifles and ball bearing guns, – signal flare pistols and starter pistols, – bows, cross bows and arrows, – harpoon guns and spear guns, – slingshots and catapults;
    b. stunning devices (devices designed specifically to stun or immobilise), including: – devices for shocking, such as stun guns, tasers and stun batons, – animal stunners and animal killers, – disabling and incapacitating chemicals, gases and sprays, such as mace, pepper sprays, capsicum sprays, tear gas, acid sprays and animal repellent sprays;
    c. objects with a sharp point or sharp edge (objects with a sharp point or sharp edge capable of being used to cause serious injury), including: – items designed for chopping, such as axes, hatchets and cleavers – ice axes and ice picks, – razor blades, – box cutters, – knives with blades of more than 6 cm, – scissors with blades of more than 6 cm as measured from the fulcrum, – martial arts equipment with a sharp point or sharp edge, – swords and sabres;
    d. workmen’s tools (tools capable of being used either to cause serious injury or to threaten the safety of aircraft), including: – crowbars, – drills and drill bits, including cordless portable power drills,
    – tools with a blade or a shaft of more than 6 cm capable of use as a weapon, such as screwdrivers and chisels, – saws, including cordless portable power saws, – blowtorches, – bolt guns and nail guns;
    e. blunt instruments (objects capable of being used to cause serious injury when used to hit), including: – baseball and softball bats, – clubs and batons, such as billy clubs, blackjacks and night sticks, – martial arts equipment;
    f. explosives and incendiary substances and devices (explosives and incendiary substances and devices capable, or appearing capable, of being used to cause serious injury or to pose a threat to the safety of aircraft), including: – ammunition, – blasting caps, – detonators and fuses, – replica or imitation explosive devices, – mines, grenades and other explosive military stores, – fireworks and other pyrotechnics, – smoke-generating canisters and smoke-generating cartridges, – dynamite, gunpowder and plastic explosives.

LIST OF PROHIBITED ARTICLES IN YOUR HOLD BAGGAGE:

  • a. explosives and incendiary substances and devices (explosives and incendiary substances and devices capable of being used to cause serious injury or to pose a threat to the safety of aircraft), including: – ammunition, – blasting caps, – detonators and fuses, – mines, grenades and other explosive military stores, – fireworks and other pyrotechnics, – smoke-generating canisters and smoke-generating cartridges, – dynamite, gunpowder and plastic explosives.

To protect you against the threat of liquid explosives, the EU has also adopted security rules that restrict the amount of liquids that you can take in your hand luggage through security checkpoints. This is because liquid explosives can be disguised as everyday looking items, such as hair gel, toothpaste, and jams.

Under the current rules, you can carry as hand luggage, liquids in individual containers with a capacity not greater than 100 ml and contained in one transparent re-sealable plastic bag of a capacity not exceeding one liter. Liquids cover gels, aerosols, pastes, lotions, liquid/solid mixtures and other items of similar consistency, such as drinks, toothpaste, soups, syrups, perfumes, shaving foam, etc.

Essential medicines, as well as babyfood and milk are permitted in quantities larger than 100 ml, but only for use during the trip and you may be requested to prove its authenticity.

Duty free liquids can be carried as hand luggage provided the item and the receipt remains sealed inside the security bag provided at the time of purchase.

Preparing for the security checkpoint

At the security checkpoint you will be screened by walk-through metal detection equipment or/and by a hand search. To ensure smooth passing through the security check you will need to:

  • Put all liquids carried in a transparent, re-sealable plastic bag into a tray for screening,
  • Take-off your jacket and/or coat for a separate screening,
  • Remove all metal items on your person, like keys and coins from your pockets, and other items with metal, possibly watch, belt, jewelry and mobile phone and place them into a tray for separate screening,
  • Remove your laptop and other large electrical devices from you hand luggage and put it into a tray for separate screening,
  • Go through the security checkpoint when asked to do so by one of the security officers.

Further information

All information on this website has been posted for general reference. More information on security controls can be find on the airline or airport’s website or on the website of your national authority responsible for civil aviation security: Austria , Belgium: nl fr , Bulgaria , Croatia Cyprus , Czech Republic , Denmark , Estonia , Finland , France , Germany , Greece , Hungary , Ireland , Italy , Latvia , Lithuania , Luxemburg , The Netherlands , Malta , Poland , Portugal , Romania , Slovakia , Slovenia , Spain , Sweden , United Kingdom

Source: https://ec.europa.eu/transport/modes/air/security/info_travellers_en

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