How many suitcases are you permitted to bring as hold baggage? This is determined by your airline. They also stipulate the maximum size and weight of your suitcases. Check your ticket or ask your airline or travel agency precisely what you are permitted to bring with you.
Regardless of how many suitcases, bags or luggage items you bring or their combined weight, no single item is permitted to weigh more than 32 kg.
Fragile gifts or souvenirs?
Pack fragile items carefully.
According to aviation guidelines, certain items are strictly prohibited on board an aircraft. Thus they are never permitted in hold baggage.
The following items are prohibited in hand baggage, but permitted in hold baggage.
All hold baggage is screened for the presence of hazardous or prohibited products or objects.
Should prohibited or hazardous goods be detected during hold baggage screening, then Brussels Airport Security may open your hold baggage according to EU Regulation EU 300/2008.
Your baggage is opened in your presence
You are usually present when your baggage is opened: this is known as confronting the passenger with their baggage. You will immediately be informed why your baggage underwent an additional security check.
Your baggage is opened without your presence
It is sometimes not possible to confront the passenger with their baggage, such as when the baggage arrives late for example. In this case the Chief Security Inspector at Brussels Airport opens the baggage in the presence of the security staff supervisor. If the baggage contains a prohibited item, then it will be removed. Upon arrival at your destination, you will find a three-language info document with the registration number in your baggage. In this case you will not know that your baggage was opened until you reclaim it upon arrival.
Pay extra attention to your electronic devices.
Devices operating on lithium batteries: in the cabin
Portable electronic devices operating on lithium batteries should preferably be taken with you into the cabin. Either carry them with you or place them into your hand baggage. This enables the crew to intervene quickly should an incident occur with such a device.
Check the exact rules about devices operating on lithium batteries with your airline.
Electronic devices in hold baggage: switching off and protecting them
Portable electronic devices in your hold baggage must be completely switched off and properly protected to prevent them from being accidentally switched on.
Take care to:
Please note! Hoverboards are not normally permitted on board. Neither in your hand baggage, nor in your hold baggage! Always check the information on hazardous goods from your airline beforehand.
Stipulations for travelling with a firearm
In accordance with ICAO and IATA regulations, firearms and ammunition may be transported as hold baggage under certain conditions. The airline additionally imposes certain conditions. Travelling with a firearm may be permitted for sporting or hunting purposes for example.
Procedure for travelling with a firearm
Travelling with a firearm?
This makes your suitcase easy to identify should you lose it.
Keep your baggage with you at all times. Baggage that is left unattended in the airport building will be removed and potentially destroyed.