What are you allowed to take on board a plane?
For security reasons the quantity of liquids and gels in your hand baggage is strictly limited. Likewise, pointed or blunt items that may be used as a weapon are not allowed in the cabin. Most of these are allowed on board as hold baggage with the exception of goods that are traditionally qualified as dangerous. To avoid unpleasant surprises we advise you to read through the following page before packing your bags.
In your hand baggage
Liquids & Gels
- Liquids and gels in individual containers of max. 100 ml, packed in a single transparent and re-sealable plastic bag with a capacity of no more than 1 litre are allowed. This restriction does not apply to liquids that were purchased in the airside shops. However, these will be packed in a specially sealed bag that you are not allowed to open until you reach your final destination. Otherwise the content may be confiscated at the security screening. Any products that were bought in one of the airport shops or bars and restaurants located beyond the security checkpoints are allowed in the cabin.
- Baby food products (both formula milk and jars) for use during the flight are allowed in the hand baggage. The security agent may ask you to taste the foods to prove they are indeed baby food.
- Medicines and dietary supplements for use during the flight are also allowed (ask your doctor for a certificate to prove their necessity).
- More details on Liquids and Gels exemptions
A detailed list of items which are not allowed in the hand baggage is available here.
In case you wonder: selfie-sticks and electronic cigarettes are allowed in your hand baggage!
Additional rules for flights with destination US or Canada All electronic devices will be examined for signs of tampering. Any electronic device that is larger than a cell phone or smart phone, contained inside of a protective casing must be removed from the casing during the examination. If unable to remove the device from the protective casing, the device cannot board the aircraft.
Electronic devices that are the size of a cell phone or smart phone or larger must be turned on/powered up to show functionality. If unable to power up the electronic device cannot board the aircraft.
Devices powered by lithium batteries
Your smartphone, laptop and other portable electronic devices (including electronic cigarettes) very likely contain lithium batteries. These batteries are considered as dangerous goods.
Lithium batteries that are damaged or short-circuited can start a fire.
For your own safety and that of your fellow passengers: do not put PEDs with lithium batteries in your checked-in baggage but carry them in your hand baggage.
Attention: hoverboards (balance boards) are not allowed on board!
Always check your airline's information on dangerous goods.
In your hold baggage
The following items are allowed in your hold baggage (not in your hand baggage)
- Liquids and gels such as drinks, perfumes, creams, lotions, toothpaste, syrup, mascara, lipstick, deodorants... that are packed in individual containers of more than 100ml and/or exceed the limits allowed in the hand baggage
- Replica guns, toy guns, all objects capable of discharging a projectile (e.g. bolt and nail guns), stun or shocking devices
- Pointed and/or sharp objects (scissors, knives, ski and walking poles, darts, ...)
- Blunt instruments (golf clubs, baseball bats, hockey sticks, billiard and pool cues, Billy clubs, heavy tools, martial arts weapons...)
- Handcuffs, boomerangs, whips, fishing rods, ski sticks, shock absorbers, tools (crowbars, saws, drills, chisels...)...
Prohibited on board
According to aviation regulations certain items may never be carried on board. This applies to all prohibited weapons (in conformity with the Belgian weapons law of 9 June 2006) and dangerous goods including explosive or flammable liquids or solids (blasting caps, turpentine, paint thinner, ...), oxidizers and/or organic peroxides (including bleach, …), toxic and infectious materials, radioactive materials, corrosives, gases including carbon dioxide cartridges of more than 28g (=50ml), large quantities of spray cans, …
What are ‘liquids & gels’?
- Water and other drinks, soup, syrup, …
- Care products: contact lens solution, creams, lotions and oils, shampoo, perfumes, shaving foam, hairspray, hair and shower gels, toothpaste, mascara, lipstick, lip gloss, deodorants, …
- Food products including runny cheeses, chocolate spread, jam, yoghurt, peanut butter, …
- Liquid medicines including cough syrup, …
- Liquid-solid mixtures such as foods in sauce, …
- Fluids in pressurised spray cans including deodorants, hairspray, …
- Sprays including eau de toilette, perfume, …
- Gels including hair gel, cooling gels, …
- Pastes including chocolate spread, peanut butter, toothpaste, …
- Any other product of similar consistency.