Liquids & Gel

  • What do we understand by “liquids and gels”?
  • What are you allowed to carry in your hand baggage?
  • Exemptions

Liquids & Gels 

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

By Liquids & gels are understood:

  • 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.

This is what you are allowed to carry in your hand baggage:

  • 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).

LAG exemptions

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

(a) in individual containers with a capacity not greater than 100 millilitres or equivalent in one transparent re- sealable plastic bag of a capacity not exceeding 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 shall provide proof of authenticity of the exempted LAG; or 

(c) obtained airside beyond the point where boarding passes are controlled from outlets that are subject to approved security procedures as part of the airport security programme, on condition that the LAG is packed in a STEB inside which satisfactory proof of purchase at airside at that airport on that day is displayed; 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 at airside at that airport on that day is displayed; or 

(f) obtained on board 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. 

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.