What isn't allowed on the plane

You're busy packing your bags for a fun weekend getaway or a well-earned holiday. At one point you're holding an item in your hands, asking yourself: Can I take this on the plane? A completely valid question because the last thing you want is to be stopped by airport security for a baggage check. Lucky for you, the European Union has clear rules for carry-on luggage that apply to all airports in the EU. But it's also good to check with your airline what you can and can't take on board. We've listed the most important rules regarding prohibited goods on flights for you.

NOTE: The security staff at Eindhoven Airport always retain the right to refuse items.

Rules for liquids

At Eindhoven Airport, all carry-on luggage is checked with CT scanners. The CT scanners show a 3D image of what's inside the bags, which makes it easier for security staff to see if any prohibited goods are inside. This is handy for you because you can leave all your belongings in your carry-on luggage. What's more, you no longer need to take liquids and electronics (laptops, tablets, etc.) out of your luggage.

Passengers are checked by a security scanner. The staff will ask you to take off your jacket or coat beforehand. You will also be asked to remove items from your trouser pockets, take off your belt and possibly your watch. Then you stand in the security scanner according to the posture depicted in the device.  The device then spends a few seconds scanning for objects on your body. If it detects something irregular, the security officer receives a message and you might be searched with a hand-held scanner. 

Regulations on dangerous objects

This might sound obvious, but carrying a weapon is of course strictly forbidden. The same applies to a some extent for objects that could be mistaken for weapons, although the rules are slightly less strict. Items such as scissors and corkscrews, for instance, are generally regarded as potential weapons, although you are allowed to have them in the suitcase you checked in. Explosive and flammable objects, such as fireworks or paint spray cans, are prohibited at all times.

Rules for alcohol and tobacco products

Various rules also apply to taking alcohol and tobacco with you when travelling within the EU. Firstly, you are only allowed to take them with you for personal use, not for commercial purposes. You don't need to provide proof if you stick to the customs limits. 

If that limit is exceeded, however, you must be able to prove on the spot that you are transporting these items for your personal consumption. You'll also need to present a proof of purchase.

Rules for products of animal origin

As the European Union has the same strict veterinary rules in all member states, there is no ban on transporting products of animal origin. This exemption also applies to Andorra, Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland. Such products can only be transported to and from the European Union if they are accompanied by an official veterinarian's document. This is to prevent the spread of serious animal diseases.

Regulations for pets

If you want to take your pet on a trip, always check with your airline if this is allowed. For example, Ryanair and Wizzair do not allow pets, with the exception of guide dogs for the blind. Your dog, cat or even your ferret is free to travel with you on holiday, provided it has a European pet passport. In addition, the animal is required to have an electronic microchip fitted or a legible tattoo from before 3 July 2011 showing the code stated in the passport.

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List of prohibited hand luggage items

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