Everything about liquids in your hand luggage

Carrying liquids in your hand luggage is subject to a number of specific rules that apply to all airports within the European Union. What are these rules?

Listing the rules

  • In principle, liquids, aerosols and gels in containers of more than 100 ml are not allowed in hand luggage. Would you like to bring these items anyway? Then make sure you put them in your checked-in hold baggage.
  • Liquids, aerosols and gels in containers of 100 ml or less are allowed in hand luggage, in separate vials.
  • All liquids and gels of 100 ml or less must be packed in a transparent and re-sealable plastic bag with a maximum capacity of one litre.
  • You may only carry one such full plastic bag per person on board.
  • At the security check, you must take the plastic bag with liquids from your hand luggage and place the item beside your other luggage, so that it can be screened separately.
  • Do you plan on buying liquids after the security check? Then these may be carried on board.

What is considered a liquid?

Water and other drinks, creams, lotions, perfumes, oils, aerosols, gels, foams such as shaving foam, deodorants, toothpastes and other pastes, mascaras, peanut butter, cream cheese and other such products are all considered liquids.

What about baby food?

Baby food, such as jars, baby milk and sterilized water for use on the flight or on the same day is allowed on board, even if it’s more than the allowed amount of liquids in your hand luggage. However, you must declare the baby food at security. In some cases, these foods may be additional checked. This allowance does not apply to drink cartons for toddlers.

Medication and diet supplements

If you need essential medication or dietary foods during the flight, then these are allowed. You can prove these are essential by means of a doctor's note.

More information?

If you doubt if a product or item may be carried on board as hand luggage, then please check the list of prohibited hand luggage items, which is drawn up by the EU.


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