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Know your liquid restrictions

How the EU Liquid Regulations affect you

Since 2006, you can only bring containers of 100mls or less of liquids, gels, pastes, lotions, and cosmetics through the passenger security screening points at all EU airports. 

And if you are carrying these items in your carry-on luggage, they must be put in a transparent re-sealable bag of no more than one litre capacity, 20cm x 20cm, one bag per person. The rules apply to liquids including water and other beverages, aerosol cans and toiletries like toothpaste, shaving cream, hair gel, lip gloss, and creams.

There are two exceptions to the rules...

  • Baby food needed during the flight.
  • Medicines needed during the flight.

Hand-luggage liquid rules – at a glance

  • You can only take liquids, gels, pastes, lotions and cosmetics in containers of no more than 100 millilitres in size through the passenger security point at all EU airports.
  • These containers must be carried in a transparent, re-sealable plastic bag and presented separately to the security screening officers.
  • Only one transparent plastic bag per person.
  • The volume of the transparent plastic bag may not be greater than one litre, and 20cm x 20cm in dimension.
  • The transparent plastic bag must be re-sealable.
  • When passing through the passenger security point, you must place the transparent re-sealable bag containing liquids, separately in the tray for X-ray screening.
  • If you must carry some liquids in your hand luggage, you pack them in the required transparent re-sealable bag....before you set out on your journey. 



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