Cabin Baggage Regulations
Important tips for our passengers
Cabin Baggage Regulations for Air Travel
For your security Hamburg Airport has put together important information for its passengers relating to the EU security regulations for cabin baggage. The following information is not necessarily complete. No liability for inaccurate or incomplete information will be accepted.
More information is available at http://www.bmi.bund.de or ask the airline you are travelling with.
What do the cabin baggage regulations say?
Only limited quantities of liquids, such as drinks, gels and creams, may only be taken in cabin baggage on board flights departing from EU airports. Passengers are therefore requested to avoid liquids in cabin baggage as far as possible. Liquids in containers with a capacity under 100ml are allowed, and only when transported in a transparent, resealable plastic bag with a maximum capacity of one litre. These regulations apply for all flights to all destinations, including the USA.
Liquids may still be transported in checked-in baggage as before, without restriction as to quantity. Individual containers (cans, perfume bottles, tubes, bottles, etc.) in cabin baggage may not exceed a capacity of 100ml. Containers with a larger capacity must be disposed of at the security checkpoint, even if they are only partially full. The transparent bag may in principle contain any number of containers but must be fully sealable. Containers which only fit into an open bag may not be carried on-board the aircraft. Closing simple plastic bags with a rubber band or similar item is not acceptable.
Only one such plastic bag is permitted per passenger. The passenger must remove this bag from cabin baggage and present it a the security checkpoints for separate examination without waiting to be asked to do so.
What counts as liquid?
The liquids effected included gels, pastes, lotions, mixtures of liquids with solid substances and the contents of pressurised containers, for example toothpaste, hair gel, drinks, soups, syrups, perfumes, shaving foam, aerosol and other articles with a similar consistency. Mascara, lipstick, roll-on deodorant, yoghurt and cream cheese, for example, all count as liquids.
Where can I obtain the resealable transparent bags?
Passengers who need to carry liquids in their cabin baggage are requested to pack the containers in a plastic bag as described before travelling to the airport.
Resealable plastic bags with a capacity of up to one litre may be purchased in supermarkets as freezer bags. Bags with a zipper fastener, a Velcro fastener or other locking seal are acceptable.
The bags may also be purchased at Hamburg Airport: Four flight-bag-maschines are available in the Terminals (1,- EUR for two bags).
What will happen if a jar of cream or a perfume bottle contains more than 100ml of liquid?
The cream jar or perfume bottle may not be carried in cabin baggage and must be disposed of at the latest at the security checkpoint. This also applies if the cream jar or perfume bottle, for example, is only half full.
What happens to confiscated items?
Confiscated items will be disposed of by Hamburg Airport.
What can a passenger do so that, for example, an expensive perfume in a bottle larger than 100ml does not have to be disposed of at the security checkpoint?
Passengers should pack all liquids in their checked-in baggage. Passengers who need to carry liquids in their cabin baggage are requested to pack the containers in a plastic bag as described before travelling to the airport.
It is mostly too late once at the airport. The passenger still has the option of sending items to him or herself as a postal packet, when those items are not allowed past the security checkpoint. It is also possible to have the item delivered home by a courier or to store it for a fee at the airport left luggage office.
Are there exceptions to the restrictions on liquids in cabin baggage?
Medications and special dietary requirements, for example nutritional drinks for diabetics and baby food for travelling infants, may also be carried in cabin baggage outside of the plastic bag, when they will be needed during the flight.
Passengers are required to present these liquids to security personnel and, when requested, to provide proof (e.g. a prescription) of the in-flight need for these items.
What about Travel Value & Duty Free products purchased at the airport?
Travel Value & Duty Free products are subject to multiple security checks before sale. All products purchase within the security controlled area of an airport within the European Union may be carried in cabin baggage in the aircraft cabin without restriction. This includes products such as perfume, cosmetics and spirits.
In order to extend the security zone all the way into the aircraft, purchases made at the Travel Value & Duty Free shops will be handed over to passengers in sealed bags. Furthermore, the customer should carry a sales receipt at all times to prove that the goods were purchased at the airport.
What about Travel Value & Duty Free products purchased on-board the aircraft?
Travel Value & Duty Free products, including liquids, which have been purchased on-board an aircraft operated by an EU airline, may be carried in cabin baggage without restriction.
Please plan sufficient time for security checkpoints
According to the security regulations, not only all liquids must be laid on the conveyor belt for separate x-ray examination, but also all larger electronic devices such as, for example, laptop computers. Furthermore, jackets and coats must be removed and laid on the conveyor belt to be x-rayed before the passenger passes through the checkpoint.
Due to the enhanced security measures, Hamburg Airport advises passengers to restrict cabin baggage to the bare minimum essential for the journey, and to plan sufficient time for the security checkpoints. For domestic and European flights, we recommend arriving at Hamburg Airport 90 minutes before departure. For intercontinental flights it is advisable to arrive up to three hours before departure.
Worldwide regulations for cabin baggage during air travel
What items may be carried on-board into the aircraft cabin?
- one handbag, small shoulder bag or wrist bag
- one overcoat, shawl or travel blanket
- one small camera or set of binoculars
- an appropriate quantity of reading material
- a baby carrier and baby food as needed for the journey
- a pair of crutches, walking sticks or other orthopaedic walking aids on which the passenger is dependent
- additional sealed plastic bags containing duty-free items
What items are prohibited in cabin baggage?
No dangerous items or items which may be used to injure other persons may be carried in cabin baggage. This includes
- weapons and similar items capable of discharging a projectile, along with imitation weapons
- sharp and pointed items, for example knives, scissors with a blade longer than 6 centimetres, nail files, screwdrivers and bottle openers
- blunt objects such as golf clubs, baseball clubs, hockey sticks and skateboards
- explosives and inflammable materials, for example fireworks, including table fireworks, torches, cap guns, paint in spray-cans and gas containers for camping stoves.
You may only carry gas lighters (1 per person) and matches on your body. Benzine lighters may not be transported. With checked-in baggage lighters may not be taken along under any circumstances.
To get detailed information on which products may not be taken and the exceptions to the rules, please contact your airline.
Security at the airport
The job of the Hamburg Airport guard and security services and the staff of the airport subsidiary SecuServe is to ensure the safety of passengers, visitors and staff at the airport. Our security staff are equipped with the very latest equipment, including CCTV systems and access control systems. Together with the Federal Border Guards, the customs and the police, they maintain a 24-hour, 365-day presence in the terminals, on the apron and throughout the entire site.
The European Commission has published an official aviation blacklist on the 24th of March 2006. On the list are all the airlines which are banned in the European Union due to safety deficits.