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10 tips to keep your hand baggage

Find out what type of packs are considered hand baggage and how to can change them so that they can go in the cabin with you during the flight.

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Security Measures Affecting Hand Luggage


Security Measures Affecting Hand Luggage for all Passengers Flying from European Union, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Morocco, Brazil, USA and South Africa Airports.

In accordance with Regulation 1546/2006 of the European Union, the list of restricted articles in hand luggage has been modified, and now includes liquids (including water and other drinks, soups, jams and syrups), perfumes, gels (including hair and shower gels), pastes (including toothpaste), mascara, creams, lotions and oils, sprays, contents of pressurised containers (including shaving foam, other foams and deodorants), liquid-solid mixtures, and any other item of similar consistency.

Exceptionally, passengers may carry with their hand luggage small quantities of these articles in containers of 100 ml., but they must be carried in a transparent re-sealable plastic bag, and whose maximum capacity does not exceed one litre.

In addition, these small containers must be placed loosely in the bag (see picture) to facilitate their inspection by security personnel. Passengers must present these bags separately from their hand luggage at security control Avios.

Exempt from this restriction are :

  • People who travel with infants, who may carry baby formula or juice
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  • Also, where necessary, you may take the suitable amount of dietary products, medications (liquid, gel or aerosol), insulinor other medicine you need for the trip and for which you must present proof of authenticity at the security checkpoints.

Exceptionally, security officers may open bottles or containers to check their contents and may even ban you from carrying them.

VERY IMPORTANT: Items acquired in duty free stores or onboard the aircraft must be carried in a security bag with a red border and with the purchase receipt inside, duly sealed at the time of purchase.

  • Do not open security bags until you reach your destination.

  • Security officers may open the bag to check it.

If you have a connecting flight at another airport, please tell the security officer, so that any liquids purchased in a duty free store can be resealed in a new security bag.

Also, remember that if you are making a same-day round-trip flight you cannot open security bags until you reach your final destination.
Items that are not duly sealed may be confiscated by the competent authorities at the security checkpoints.

These regulations do not affect checked baggage, where you can, as until now, carry liquids, creams and other items with a similar texture.

European Regulation 1546/2006 also states that:

  • Passengers must remove their overcoats and jackets which will be viewed separately by the scanner while the passenger walks through the metal detection arch.
  • Laptop computers and other large electronic devices will be passed separately through the scanner.

This Regulation applies to all passengers departing from or in transit through any airport in the European Union*, as well as Switzerland, Iceland and Norway. They are similar to those already in force for passengers flying to or from the United States.

* European Union members countries are the following: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Eire, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom

Travelling in transit in the US:

With the entry into force of the new regulations on the carriage of liquids in carry-on baggage at European Union airports, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in the US allows you to carry liquids in your carry-on baggage if you are in transit in the US so long as:

  • They are placed inside a sealed security bag with a red border and with the purchase receiptdated within the previous 48 hours and
  • They are in transparent, translucent or coloured containers or bottles.

Liquids in opaque or metal containers will not be accepted and must be placed in your hold baggage when you reach the US.

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