EU Cabin Regulations
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EU Cabin Regulations

You want your flight to your chosen destination to be a smooth and hassle free as possible! Yet you are unsure of what you’re allowed to take into the aeroplane cabin as hand luggage.

Passengers and aircrew safety always comes first. That’s why so many items are banned or restricted in quantity.

This guide will help you to see what you’re allowed to take, how much of it and what you’re not. Then hopefully you can pack with confidence.

What can I take with me?

Always check your carrier rules and regulations in advance of flying, particularly when transferring to another airline during your trip. Some limitations may vary by airline and country.

When preparing for your flight, please consider the following guidelines diligently and take the applicable action.

Cabin Baggage

All flights departing from airports in Switzerland and the European Union are under the EU regulations for hand baggage. Hand baggage will be screened and scrutinized when going through airport security.


Liquids or items of a similar consistency are obligated to be in a vessel no more than 100ml. (3.4 ounces) A 200 ml container half-full is not permitted.

All the liquid single containers must be packed into a single, transparent, re-sealable plastic bag of up to 20cm x 20cm with a litre total capacity. You must be able to completely close the bag. Some freezer bags with zip-fasteners may be appropriate.

During security screening the bag of liquids must be taken out of your hand luggage and passed through the scanner separately. The plastic bag must fit in your hand luggage.

What does ‘liquid’ include? Liquid or substances of a similar consistency such as lotions, gels, pastes. This would include products such as toothpaste, aerosols, shaving foam, hairspray or cologne.

One way of getting around the problem of liquid restrictions in hand luggage, is to order your toiletries online and have them delivered straight to your hotel or holiday accommodation. A company called “Holitries” makes this possible – have a look at the link below to see how it works and save yourself the hassle of transporting your toiletries to your holiday destination!

Hotel Toiletries delivered direct!

Bags for liquids

Plastic bags for liquids can be purchased just before the main security check point on floor four of departures. These are before either security entrance and are the plastic bags for carrying liquids in hand luggage with a plastic zip-top.

Floor 4. Departures. Public zone
Opening times: 6am to 22:30

Exceptions, Baby food and milk and medicines

With an infant you are allowed to transport sterilised water, baby milk, powdered milk, and baby food as required for your flight. It is permitted to exceed the limit on liquids.

Also they do not need to fit in the plastic bag. Passengers must present these at security, separated from the other hand luggage.

Liquid medicines are permitted as required for your flight. It should be ready for scrutiny by airport security and again does not need to fit in the plastic bag.

Duty Free Goods

Duty free goods, bought on the day of the flight in a store following the main security check point are allowed. They must have proof of purchase, date and place of sale and be in a transparent bag sealed by the sales outlet.

Electronic devices & Clothing

Electronic devices such as tablets, phones and laptops need to be screened separately. Items of clothing such as coats, jackets, metal belts and metal objects in pockets will be required to be removed and screened during the security check.

Prohibited items

The list of prohibited articles for hand baggage is large and not final. A lot of the contents would automatically be excluded on the bases of a person’s common sense. Below is a summary of the EU list of prohibited items.

The following items may only be in checked baggage:

  • Razor blades
  • Cutlery
  • Knitting needles
  • Scissors and syringes (except certified medical purposes)
  • Toy guns
  • Catapults and toys that could be used as a weapon
  • Sports and leisure equipment that could be used as a weapon

The following substances are not allowed on board:

  • Explosives, ammunition or weapons of any kind as well as blunt or pointed objects.
  • Radioactive material
  • Compressed gases
  • Caustic and corrosive
  • Magnetising substances
  • Flammable or toxic substances, Lighters filled with lighter fluid.

The following articles are allowed but only in cabin hand luggage:

Individual lithium batteries rechargeable and non-rechargeable as spare cells for portable electronic devices such as mobile phones, laptops, cameras or watches etc. Check with your airline for specifics.

Short-circuits must be prevented and you are obligated to individually protect spare batteries.

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