Liquids & Gel

  • What falls under “liquids and gels”?
  • What are you allowed to carry in your hand luggage?
  • Exemptions

Liquids & Gels 

For security reasons, the quantity of liquids and gels in your hand luggage is strictly limited.

  • 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

These items are allowed in your hand luggage:

  • Liquids and gels in individual containers that contain no more than 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 (both formula milk and jars) for use during the flight is allowed in the hand luggage. The security agent may ask you to taste the products 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.

Definitions 

  • LAGs: Liquids, aerosols and gels including pastes, lotions, liquid/solid mixtures and the contents of pressurised containers, such as toothpaste, hair gel, drinks, soups, syrups, perfume, shaving foam and other items with similar consistencies;

  • STEB: a “security tamper-evident bag”  is a bag that conforms to the recommended security control guidelines of the International Civil Aviation Organisation.

LAG exemptions

Under Commission Regulation (EU) No 358/2010 LAGs carried by passengers may be exempted from screening if the LAG is: 

(a)  packaged in individual containers with a capacity smaller than 100 millilitres or its equivalent in one transparent, re-sealable plastic bag that can contain no more than 1 litre, whereby the contents of the plastic bag fit comfortably and the bag is completely closed; or 

(b) to be used during the trip and is either required for medical purposes or a special dietary requirement, including baby food. When requested to do so, the passenger must provide proof of authenticity of the exempted LAG; or 

(c) obtained airside beyond the point where boarding passes are inspected and from outlets that are subject to approved security procedures as part of the airport security programme. However, only on the condition that the LAG is packed in a STEB, inside which satisfactory proof of purchase is provided so that security can verify that it was bought at Brussels Airport’s airside on that day; or 

(d) obtained in the security restricted area from outlets that are subject to approved security procedures as part of the airport security programme; or 

(e) obtained at another Union airport, on condition that the LAG is packed in a STEB inside which satisfactory proof of purchase is provided so that security can verify that it was bought at that airport’s airside on that day; or 

(f) obtained onboard an aircraft of a Community air carrier, on condition that the LAG is packed in a STEB, inside which satisfactory proof of purchase on board that aircraft on that day is displayed. 

If the LAGs do not meet one of the conditions above, the LAG will be confiscated with no possibility of recovering it afterwards.