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The security check – an overview

For an easy passage through the security check, make sure you're properly prepared.

The right way to pack

Check in advance what should go in your checked baggage and what should go in your hand baggage. For safety reasons, certain items are not permitted on flights at all. Key points:

  • Liquids are only permitted in hand baggage in containers of max. 100 ml. Pack these into a resealable 1-litre plastic bag while at home. You may also take larger quantities of liquid medication, baby food and special foods that you require for the journey in your hand baggage. All other liquids must be transported in your checked baggage.
  • Rechargeable batteries, standard batteries and power banks must be packed in your hand baggage. Batteries with a rating of over 160 watt-hours are not permitted in any baggage.
  • Knives and scissors with blades over 6 cm in length are only permitted in checked baggage.
  • Lighters and matches are not permitted in either hand baggage or checked baggage. You may carry one lighter or box of matches on your person.
  • Fuel pastes, sparklers, fireworks, paints, acids, gas cartridges etc. are not permitted in luggage at all.
  • Tools (e.g. screwdrivers) with a blade length of over 6 cm are only permitted in checked baggage cm.
  • Please do not use padlocks to secure your baggage. It is best to use TSA-certified locks for registered baggage.

This list is not exhaustive. More information can be obtained from your Airline.

Dispose of liquids in containers of more than 100 ml in the bins provided (exceptions: liquid medication, baby food and special foods that you require for the journey). Liquid duty-free items of over 100 ml with a purchase receipt in a sealed bag in accordance with the ICAO standard are permitted. Permitted liquids will be subjected to an additional inspection. They may only be taken on board the flight if they have been approved by the security staff. 

Please follow instructions from staff during the security check. The following items must be placed separately in the baggage trays:

  • Metallic items such as coins, keys and belts (if they are not stowed in your hand baggage)
  • Jackets, coats, sports jackets and blazers (if they are not stowed in your hand baggage)
  • Electronic devices such as laptops, tablets, cameras and mobile phones
  • The 1-litre plastic bag containing your liquids (individual containers of up to max. 100 ml)
  • Liquid medication, baby food and special foods of over 100 ml
  • Liquid duty free items of over 100 ml with purchase receipt in a sealed bag in accordance with the ICAO standard

Health-related information

For pregnant women

The metal detector at the security check is not hazardous to pregnant women or their unborn babies. The regulations regarding pregnancy differ from airline to airline. Please ask your airline how late into your pregnancy you are allowed to fly and whether you require a doctor's certificate.

For people with implants (artificial joints, etc.)

Implants

If you have an implant or a prosthesis made of metal, we recommend that you bring a doctor's certificate (prosthesis passport). 

Pacemakers

If you have a pacemaker, you should not pass through the metal detector, as sensitive pacemakers may be disrupted. Please tell the security staff. The electromagnetic radiation from the metal detector does not pose a health risk to healthy individuals, even those who are frequent flyers.

 

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