Getting to the airport
|Hand Baggage Rules|
There are increased security measures in place at all EU airports, with strict rules on what you can and can't carry in your hand baggage. It is important to pack with this in mind to avoid unnecessary delays at airport security.
Size and type of hand baggage allowed
Hand baggage is luggage that you carry on the plane with you, while hold baggage is luggage that you check-in. The maximum size for an item of hand baggage has been set as 56cm x 45cm x 25cm, including wheels, handles and external pockets. However, some airlines may only allow smaller bags, so check with them first.
You are allowed to take electrical items (such as laptops and hairdryers) in your hand baggage but they will need to be removed and screened separately.
You are allowed to bring medical equipment if it is essential for your journey. The equipment will be screened separately and must be accompanied by supporting documentation from a qualified medical professional, such as a letter from your doctor.
Pushchairs, walking aids and wheelchairs are usually permitted in the cabin, but they will need to be security screened first.
Any item of hand baggage larger than 56cm x 45cm x 25cm will not be allowed in the aircraft cabin. It must be checked in as hold baggage, with the exception of musical instruments.
If you plan on travelling with a large musical instrument, it is best to contact your airline before booking, as you may need to make special arrangements, such as buying an extra seat. Any musical instrument you bring with you will need to be screened separately.
Taking liquids in your hand baggage
Wherever possible you should pack liquids in your hold baggage, as there are restrictions on the amount you can take in your hand baggage.
If you need certain liquids during the flight, you can take them into the cabin in limited quantities as follows:
Containers larger than 100ml (excluding essential medicines) will not be allowed through the security point even if they are only part full.
One lighter per person may be carried on a flight. Lighters are considered to be liquids and should be put inside the plastic bag or screened separately. You must keep the lighter on your person throughout the flight.
It is very important that you do not:
medicines, including inhalers and liquid dietary foodstuffs
You are allowed to carry essential medicines of more than 100ml in your hand baggage, but you will need:
Remember to take only what you need for your journey. Extra supplies and larger containers of medicine can go in your hold baggage.
Baby food and baby milk
You are allowed to take baby food, baby milk and sterilised water in your hand baggage. This includes:
You are allowed
to take enough for the journey. In some cases this may be over 100ml.
The adult carrying the baby food or milk may be asked to verify it by
Liquids bought at the airport
You can take into the aircraft cabin any liquids you buy after passing through security, as these items go through a separate screening process. This includes bottled water, wines and spirits and fragrances and cosmetics of any size.