Luggage within the EU

New rules for hand luggage at all airports within the European Union

Since 6 November 2006 new rules regarding what is permitted in hand luggage have applied to all airline passengers departing or changing planes at airports in the European Union (EU) and in Switzerland, Norway and Iceland. Liquids, gels and aerosol cans are only permitted in hand luggage in small amounts (max. 100 ml per item) providing that they are packed in accordance with the rules. This applies to all passengers who depart from or change planes at airports within the European Union.

The new rules apply to liquids such as water and other beverages and to gels, pastes, lotions and the contents of aerosols. Toiletries such as toothpaste, shaving foam, hair gel, lip gloss and creams are also covered by the new rules.

These are the rules that apply to liquids in your hand luggage:

You can only take along liquids and gels in containers that hold no more than 100 millilitres.

    1. These containers may only be taken on board in a transparent plastic bag
    2. A limit applies of one transparent plastic bag per person
    3. The volume of the transparent plastic bag must not exceed 1 litre
    4. The transparent plastic bag must be re-sealable.

You can use a transparent plastic bag that you have at home. During the introductory period free transparent plastic bags will be issued at all Dutch airports.

There are three exceptions:
    1. Baby food for use during the entire journey;
    2. Medicines for use during the entire journey;
    3. Special diet food that is needed during the entire journey.

You can still make purchases, including duty-free purchases, after ticket and passport control at European airports and on board European airline flights. Liquids and gels that you buy after ticket and passport control or on board the aeroplane will be packed and sealed for you as necessary by the shop or cabin crew. The seal is valid for one day. If you have to change planes at another airport, you must not break the seal until you reach your final destination.

Keeping hand luggage separate

When passing through the hand luggage security check, you must keep any liquids separate to allow them to be properly checked. Your containers of liquids must fit comfortably in the transparent plastic bag, and the bag must be closed. The transparent plastic bag must be easy to close and must be closed when submitted. Coats, jackets and large electrical appliances such as laptops must also be handed in separately at the hand luggage security check.

Other rules may apply to countries outside the EU.

You should be aware of the fact that other rules may apply to countries outside the European Union (EU) such as the US and Canada. Click here for a summary of the regulations.

Flights from the United Kingdom

As a result of new regulations, passengers departing from a British airport are only allowed to take along one item of hand luggage, irrespective of which class they are flying.

Standard permitted quantities of (hand) luggage

For the general (hand) luggage exemptions, please refer to the quantity of permitted luggage page.

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