New EU security rules at airports

To protect passengers against the new threat of liquid explosives, the European Union (EU) has adopted new security rules that restrict the amount of liquids that a passenger can take through security checkpoints …. departing from airports in the EU whatever their destination.

These new security rules will be introduced on November 6, at all airports in the European Union plus Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.

The rules represent a restriction on the quantity of liquids in carry-on baggage. However as before, passengers will be allowed to pack such items as toiletries in their carry-on baggage.

The following applies starting on November 6:

  • Liquids, gels and spray in containers of up to 100 ml may be packed in carry-on baggage;
  • Bottles, cans, tubes etc. must be placed in a transparent plastic bag and must fit without problems in the bag, which must be closed;
  • The plastic bag must be re-sealable;
  • Not more than one liter capacity per passenger

If you are unable to find such a bag, they will be available at airports. But prepare as much as you can, so that airport procedures will be as smooth as possible.

You may also carry:

  • Medicines
  • Baby food
  • Liquid included in a special diet you need during the flight.

Please pack liquid medicines, baby food and special diet food in a way that you can easily show them at the airport security screening point. They do not have to be in plastic bags, however.

The term liquids refers to the following:
Liquids include gels, lotions, liquid/solid mixtures and the contents of pressurized containers, such as water, toothpaste, hair gel, beverages, soups, syrups, perfume, shaving foam, aerosols and other items of similar consistency.

  • The following items are not affected: You will still be allowed to buy duty- and tax-free goods after the security screening point at the airports.
  • Checked baggage is not affected by the new restrictions. There are no restrictions on the size of containers or the quantity of liquids you may pack in such baggage.

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