EU safety regulations for hand luggage

Safety regulations apply to the amount of liquid you can carry in your hand baggage. You can only carry small amounts of liquids, gels and aerosols on board. These liquids must be in separate containers that do not exceed 100ml and these items must be packed in a certain way. These rules apply to all passengers departing from airports within the EU or Egypt regardless of their destination.

  • You are only permitted to carry small amounts of liquids in your hand baggage.
  • Liquids must be in separate containers and no single item may contain more than 100 millilitres of liquid.
  • Items that contain liquids must be carried in one transparent plastic bag with a maximum capacity of one litre.
  • The plastic bag must be resealable.
  • Each passenger is allowed to carry one transparent plastic bag onto the aircraft.

You can bring your own plastic bag from home as long as it meets the requirements outlined above. Plastic bags will also be issued free of charge at all airports in the Netherlands for approximately the first three months after the new regulations are introduced.

what qualifies as ‘liquid’?
Any items that contain liquid substances, such as:
  • water and other (alcoholic) drinks, syrup and soup
  • perfume
  • gels, creams, lotions, aerosols
  • toiletries such as toothpaste, (roll-on) deodorant, lip gloss, shaving foam, liquid make-up and mascara.

exceptions to these restrictions
There are three exceptions to these restrictions:
  • medicine and liquid dietary requirements for use during the trip (this concerns your flight and your stay)
  • ice packs for a safe transport of medicine
  • baby food for use during the trip

You must present these items separately during the hand baggage check. These items do not need to be carried in a transparent plastic bag and in this case there is no restriction on the amount that you can carry. Important! Boiled water (to mix with milk powder) may only be carried in your hand baggage to a maximum amount of 100 millilitres.

purchases at the airport
Once you have passed through the security check, you can still purchase liquids such as drinks and perfume at European airports and on board the aircraft. There is no restriction on the amount that you can purchase. If necessary your purchases will be packed and sealed.

hand baggage screening at the airport
At the security checkpoints at the airport you must:
  • Present the transparent plastic bag with items that contain liquids so it can be checked by the security staff. The items that contain liquids must fit comfortably in the plastic bag must and the bag must be sealed.
  • Remove your (suit) jacket and present it separately for screening.
  • Present large electrical items, such as a laptop, separately for screening.