A- General Information
Most airports tend to have a selection of duty free shops and shopping as well as dining areas past security check points. Give yourself plenty of time to complete security formalities as some airports are busier than others at certain times of the day.
- Plan to go immediately through security after check in.
- Allow extra time to go through security checks at the airport. You must get to your gate on time or you may not be allowed to fly.
- Minimize your hand baggage and remove your laptop from its bag to be screened separately (at most airports).
- Remove your jacket, coat and shoes (at most airports).
- Your hand baggage will be checked by security staff using x-ray machinery.
- Film material over 1000ASA/31 DIN should be removed and offered for screening separately.
- Do not accept to carry packages with unidentified contents on behalf of other people. If asked to do so, contact the local police, customs or member of staff immediately.
- Do not lock your bags when travelling from the USA. Special TSA (Transportation Security Administration) approved locks are available to allow security screening if necessary. Alternately consider using a tie strap.
B- New Carry-on restrictions for liquids, gels and aerosols
European regulations concerning restrictions for bringing liquids, gels and aerosols into the cabin.
As of now, during security control, you must present your bottles and tubes (100 milliliters/approx. 3 fl. oz. maximum per item) separately in a closed, transparent plastic bag (such as a freezer bag) that is approx. 20 cm by 20 cm (8 by 8 inches) and has a maximum capacity of 1 liter (approx. 1 quart). Airports may provide plastic bags, but it is advisable to procure your own beforehand.
Products completely forbidden in the cabin (over 100ml) are: liquids, aerosols, gels, doughy substances, soft cheeses (e.g. Camembert, Brie, etc.), solid/liquid mixes, aerosol items under pressure (e.g. toothpaste, hairdressing gels, beverages, soups, syrups, perfumes, shaving foam, lotions, creams, shower gels, shampoos, liquid soap, deodorants), mineral water, mascara and other products of comparable consistency.
Attention: products placed in open or opaque plastic bags, piled up, squeezed together or stacked and those containing more than 100 ml (3 fl. oz.) will not be permitted past security control.
- Liquid medicines (syrups, insulin, etc.), provided that you are able to present to security personnel an attestation or prescription in your name. No restrictions apply to solid medicines.
- Food items that you must travel with because of food allergies.
- Liquid baby food. Make sure to take along reclosable containers; you may also be asked to sample these foods.
As a general rule, put all liquids into your checked luggage except those products that are absolutely necessary during the flight.
C- Other carry-on restrictions
Knives and any other similar items, regardless of blade length or composition, are not allowed on board.
Sharp objects can be transported in checked baggage. These items must be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and other luggage. For further information click on the TSA web site link below:
D - Banned Items
Dangerous goods are articles or substances which are capable of posing a risk to health, safety, property or the environment. The carriage by air transport of these materials is strictly regulated.
Many common items may seem harmless; however, when transported by air, they can be very dangerous. In flight, variations in temperature and pressure can cause items to leak, generate toxic fumes or start a fire. If you do not see the item here that you are concerned with, please call us to ask if the item is allowable for transport on your flight. Additionally ask at the time of check in.
We do not allow the following dangerous goods on board our aircraft or on your person, as part of checked baggage or hand baggage:
Explosives – fireworks, guns, ammunition (including blank cartridges), flares etc.
Gas cylinders - containing flammable, non-flammable, toxic and refrigerated liquefied gas (e.g. butane, oxygen, propane, refrigerated liquid nitrogen etc).
Flammable liquids – paint, petrol, lighter refills, solvents, varnish etc.
Flammable solids – firelighters etc.
Substances liable to spontaneous combustion
Substances which in contact with water emit flammable gases
Oxidizing materials – paint stripper, etc.
Organic peroxides – bleach, etc
Toxic substances – insecticides, weed-killer, etc.
Infectious substances – bacteria, viruses, etc.
Corrosives – wet cell batteries, acids, mercury barometers, etc.
Miscellaneous dangerous goods – magnetized materials, dry ice (carbon dioxide solid) chemical and first aid kits etc.
Note: strike anywhere matches, disabling devices (mace, pepper spray etc) and security attaché cases containing dangerous goods (e.g. pyrotechnic devices etc.) are FORBIDDEN.
Cooking Oils are also prohibited from carriage in checked or hand baggage.
Exceptions are detailed in the following table:
Download our guide to dangerous goods (PDF - 45KB)