New Rules for Hand Luggage Check in EU Airports will Restrict the Quantity of Liquids Allowed on Flights


2006 11 20


As of 6 November 2006, all the airports of the EU, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland impose restrictions on the quantity of liquids allowed through airport security checkpoints. The new rules will only be applicable to checks on hand luggage to eliminate the risk of liquid explosives.

The new airport security rules prepared by the European Commission, The Association of European Airlines and Airports Council International allow to carry in hand luggage only small quantities of liquids. Liquids must be within separate containers each of which with a capacity not greater than 100 ml. These containers must be contained in a single, transparent and re-sealable plastic bag, which must not exceed 1 litre in capacity (each passenger may carry one such bag).

New rules do not restrict the quantity of liquids which will be acquired in an airport shop located beyond the security point where the boarding pass is presented or on the EU carrier’s aircraft. At the airport passengers will be requested to hand over all liquids at the security check point, to remove coats and jackets (they will be screened separately), to have ready for separate screening a laptop or any other large electrical item within hand luggage.

The prohibited items list includes the following liquids: water and other drinks, soups and syrups, creams, lotions and oils, perfumes, sprays, gels, including hair and shower gel, pressurized containers, shaving foam, other foam and spray deodorants, pastes, toothpastes, liquid-solid mixtures, mascara and items of similar consistency. All the above liquid items will not be permitted in hand luggage if they are in containers with a capacity over 100 ml, and all of them do not fit in a plastic bag of 1 litre.