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What’s allowed in your baggage?

What’s allowed in your baggage – an overview

Find out how to pack correctly for your flight and which items you need to leave at home.

Which items require caution?

From batteries to e-cigarettes – here you will find an overview of all items subject to special security rules. The following rules apply to the security check at Zurich Airport. Fuel pastes, sparklers, fireworks, paints, acids, gas cartridges, etc. are not permitted in luggage at all. Please enquire as to whether other rules apply to your return flight from another airport, and whether your airline has any additional regulations.

Batteries, including rechargeable batteries

Batteries, including rechargeable batteries, belong in hand baggage.

Checked baggage Hand baggage
  Prohibited                Permitted (under certain circumstances) 
Batteries, including rechargeable batteries, which are not inserted in the device for which they are intended, must not be transported in checked baggage.

Batteries must be secured against short circuits (e.g. by covering poles with adhesive tape).

Each passenger may carry a maximum of 20 replacement batteries with a capacity of up to 100 Wh. Approval from the airline is required if more than 20 such batteries are to be carried.

A maximum of two batteries may be transported providing the nominal capacity of each battery is 100–160 Wh. Batteries with a capacity of more than 160 Wh are prohibited in the aircraft cabin.

Baggage contents

How to reclaim dangerous goods that were removed from your baggage

If you carry an item which is not permitted, or if you pack something incorrectly, it will be removed from your baggage at Zurich Airport. Items of low monetary value are disposed of directly. All other items can be collected from or sent to you by left luggage by appointment. This will incur a processing fee.
The storage period for dangerous goods is 30 days from the date of your flight. After this period, the dangerous goods will be disposed of without prior notice and without compensation. You may apply to extend the storage period in exceptional circumstances. To do so, please contact left luggage in good time.

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