Since the January 2004 implementation of new security measures for passengers boarding flights, preparing hand luggage has become a more complicated and meticulous task, considered by many as an art form for the most talented travelers.
Proof of this are the long lines in front of the security control that give access to the airport boarding area.
To avoid surprises, it’s good to know ahead of time which items you can bring with you while passing through security. From the eDreams Travel Blog we’re here to tell you everything you need to know.
Depending on your country of origin you can check all the information and necessary documentation so that both your hand luggage and checked luggage comply with regulations. For example, the United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) website provides detailed traveler information from the liquids rule to prohibited items.
The most important rule is that passengers are not permitted to enter the boarding area or on the plane with items which constitute a hazard to the safety of the aircraft and/or the health of fellow passengers and the cabin crew:
- Firearms and weapons in general. Any object that can release a projectile or cause an injury, or appear capable to do so.
- Sporting goods/blunt-edged instruments: bats, sticks, paddles, skateboards…
- Items with a sharp or pointed blade.
- Explosives and flammable substances. Any explosive or highly combustible substance which poses a risk to the health of passengers and crew, and to the safety of the aircraft.
- Chemicals and toxic substances.
Liquids: the amount of liquids or substances of similar consistency that passengers can take with them when they pass through the airport security control is limited.
It is under the responsibility of the security agents to prohibit additional items apart from those listed. Security staff may refuse access to the boarding area and the aircraft to any passenger in possession of an item that is not on this list but is considered suspicious.
In the beginning of July 2014, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary released a statement to increase security at international airports with direct flights to the United States. Now passengers may be asked to power up their electronic devices, including cell phones. Any powerless device will not be permitted onboard the aircraft.
Unique Rules for Carrying Liquids
It is only permitted to carry liquids in hand luggage in the following cases:
Liquids must be in individual containers with a maximum capacity of 100ml. They must be stored in a clear plastic zip-top quart-sized bag. You can only carry one bag per passenger, this includes children. Liquids are considered, but are not limited to, the following:
- Water and other drinks, soups, syrups.
- Creams, pastes (including toothpaste), lotions, and oils.
- Gels, like shower gel or shampoo.
- Aerosoles, for example, deodorants or hairspray.
New Rules for Liquids, Aerosols and Gels in European Airports
As of February 3rd, 2014, new rules are in effect at airports in the EU, EEA (European Economic Area) and Switzerland for passengers originating from non-EU airports with duty-free shop purchases that contain liquids, aerosols, or gels (LAGs). Since 2006, passengers transferring at EU airports with LAGs shop purchases from non-EU airports were forced to surrender such products at the EU airport’s security control. This ban has now been lifted and US, Canadian and Australian airport authorities are said to soon adapt these same policies.