Luggage outside the EU

All flights from the US and Canada

The following rules for liquids, gels and/or aerosols apply to hand luggage:

Liquids, gels and/or aerosols are not permitted, with the exception of one re-sealable, transparent, 1-litre plastic bag, which may contain liquids, gels and/or aerosols in containers of 100 ml or less per container. The containers must fit easily into the plastic bag and the plastic bag must be completely closed/sealed and must be handed in separately to be checked.

You may take along the articles referred to below. However, if they are not packed in a re-sealable transparent 1-litre plastic bag and/or if the containers have a capacity of more than 100 ml, you must declare them to the TSA (Transport Security Administration) at the control point:

    • bottle feed/milk (including breast milk) and baby food/juice in containers, if you are travelling with a baby or toddler
    • medicines (liquids, gels and/or aerosols)
    • liquids (including juice) or gels for passengers with diabetes or other medical complaints.

All other liquids, gels and/or aerosols must be carried in checked-in hold luggage. Please ensure that your luggage is not locked when travelling to the US, so that the luggage can be checked if necessary for explosives.

Let er s.v.p. op dat u uw bagage niet op slot doet wanneer u naar de VS reist. Dit in verband met het checken op explosieven.

More information on the safety regulations can be found on the following (external) websites:

KLM is not responsible for the information found on these websites and you should be aware that other conditions may apply.

All flights to the US

The following rules apply to liquids, gels and/or aerosols at the hand luggage security check:

Liquids, gels and/or aerosols are not permitted, with the exception of one re-sealable, transparent, 1-litre plastic bag, which may contain liquids, gels and/or aerosols in containers of 100 ml or less per container. The containers must fit easily into the plastic bag and the plastic bag must be completely closed/sealed and handed in separately from the passenger’s hand luggage to be checked by means of visual or X-ray screening.

The 100 ml limit on containers and the 1 litre bag rule do not apply to liquids, gels and/or aerosols that are included in the following categories and are packed in reasonable quantities for the duration of the journey, unless they are prohibited by the government of the destination country or the airline company that the passenger is travelling with:

    • bottle feed/milk (including breast milk) and baby food/juice in containers, if you are travelling with a baby or toddler
    • medicines (liquids, gels and/or aerosols)
    • liquids (including juice) or gels for passengers with diabetes or other medical complaints.

All other liquids, gels and/or aerosols must be carried in checked-in hold luggage.

Please ensure that your luggage is not locked when travelling to the US so that the luggage can be checked if necessary for explosives.

All flights from India

Liquids/gels/pastes or products with a similar composition must not be included loose in hand luggage or in the pockets of a passenger boarding the aeroplane. Baby food and medicines/inhalers with a prescription are exceptions.

Passengers may take along small quantities of liquids/gels/pastes and products with a similar composition to be used during the journey packed in a separate, re-sealable transparent, 1-litre plastic bag. However, the capacity of the containers must not exceed 100 ml.

In addition, only one item of hand luggage is permitted per person. Any passenger who has more than one item of hand luggage will be asked to leave the security control area and return to the airline check-in desk.

All flights from the Philippines

Passengers are not allowed to take along liquid substances, with the exception of bottle feed, breast milk or juice (if you are travelling with a baby or toddler), prescription medicines made out in the name of the passenger, insulin and other non-prescription medicines, and cabin crew first-aid kits.

For Hong Kong

In accordance with the new guidelines of the International Civil Aviation Organisation, Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) imposed new rules for the screening of liquids, gels and aerosols with effect from 21 March 2007.

Click here for the new security measures for hand luggage at HKIA.

For Taiwan

The following rule has been in force since 1 March 2007: Liquids, gels and/or aerosols must not be taken on board loose in hand luggage. Liquids, gels and/or aerosols may only be taken on board in containers with a capacity of less than 100 ml each in a separate, transparent, re-sealable 1-litre plastic bag. Liquids for medical purposes, including baby food, are exceptions.

For more information on the new security measures, click here.

For Korea

New security measures for liquids, gels and aerosols at Incheon Airport In connection with the new threat of liquid explosives and compliance with the recommendations of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), passengers should be aware that, as of 1 March 2007, new rules apply to carrying liquids, gels and aerosols in hand luggage. These rules apply to all international flights (including transfer and transit flights) that depart from South Korea.

For more information , click here.

Tax-free purchases and the USA/Canada  
    • Passengers who change planes at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol en route to the US are advised NOT to buy any liquids, gels or aerosols tax-free at the airport from which they depart or during the flight to Amsterdam.
    • Passengers who change planes in the US or in Canada are advised to carry any liquids, gels or aerosols that they have bought tax-free in their check-in hold luggage after they have passed through Customs.        
All flights from Rumania

Tax-free purchases at the airport, which can be categorised as liquids and gels, belonging to passengers travelling to or via EU countries must be placed in sealed bags provided specially for that purpose. The tax-free liquids and gels purchased on board must also be placed in a sealed bag.

All flights to and from Australia

The following measure has been in force since 31 March 2007: liquids, gels and/or aerosols must not be taken on board an aircraft loose in hand luggage. They may only be carried in containers with a maximum capacity of 100 ml each, which are then placed in a separate, transparent, re-sealable, 1-litre bag. Liquids for medical purposes, including baby food, are exceptions.
Transit passengers are NOT allowed to take on board any tax-free liquids, gels and/or aerosols that they have purchased at a departure airport outside Australia or during the flight. Passengers and transit passengers are, however, permitted to purchase liquids and gels, including tax-free articles, within the secure area of an Australian airport and to take these on board the aeroplane.

For passengers travelling through Amsterdam:

Tax-free liquid articles purchased at an airport outside the European Union that have not been checked in will be confiscated at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, even if they are sealed.
In accordance with the security requirements at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, plastic bags measuring 30 x 40 cm will be confiscated if their capacity exceeds 1 litre. The maximum permitted capacity of the plastic bags is 1 litre.

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