Transportation of liquids

In order to protect against the threat of liquid explosives, the European Union (EU) has adopted security measures that restrict the amount of liquids or substances of similar consistency that passengers can carry with them when they pass the security controls of the Community airports. These measures apply from 6 November 2006 to all passengers departing from EU airports and those from Norway, Iceland and Switzerland, regardless of their destination. However, the measures do not limit the acquisition by passengers of these liquids or substances in stores located beyond the checkpoint where you show your boarding pass, in the duty free shops of authorized airports of non-EU countries or on board. aircraft operated by an EU airline. Only carry liquids in carry-on baggage in the following cases: Liquids in individual containers with a capacity not exceeding 100ml.contents in turn in a transparent plastic bag with opening / closing system and capacity not exceeding 1 liter (bag of approximately 20 x 20 cm.) Only one bag can be transported per passenger, including children. The contents of this bag should fit comfortably and the bag with these contents should be able to be completely closed. Passengers must be provided with these bags before the start of the trip. They can be purchased at any shopping center, as long as they meet the established requirements, or at the stores of some airports. For the purposes of these measures, liquids are considered:
  • Water and other drinks, soups and syrups
  • Creams, pastes (including toothpaste), lotions and oils.
  • Perfumes
  • Gel, such as shower gel and shampoo.
  • Content of pressurized containers, including shaving foam, other foams and deodorants.
  • Aerosol sprays
  • Any other of similar consistency.
Liquids that should be used during the trip either for medical needs or for the need of special diets, including children's meals. When required, the passenger must show the authenticity of the liquid. It is recommended that, as far as possible, the passenger carry the medical prescription or justification of their particular condition. Liquids, such as beverages or perfumes, bought in the stores of community airports or in authorized airports of non-EU countries, as long as these stores are found after security checks. If you acquire any of the products affected by this regulation, contact the store staff for more information on how to transport the purchased liquids. Liquids obtained on board the aircraft of a community company. If you acquire any of the products affected by this regulation, contact the crew's personnel for more information about how to transport the purchased liquids. If you are going to travel with any of the permitted liquids mentioned in the above items in your carry-on baggage, you must remove them from your hand luggage, place them in the tray provided for that purpose and present those liquids in the security control for inspection separately from the rest of hand luggage. If these products are sold in sealed bags, do not open them until you have finished your trip. If you are going to continue your trip at another EU airport, do not open this sealed bag until you have left the last community airport. The restrictions regarding the transportation of liquids referred to in this section do not affect the checked baggage.


The regulations in force allow to travel from any airport in the European Union with solid medicines if they are accompanied by your prescription or the corresponding medical prescription. In this case, it is advisable to carry them in your carry-on luggage. Liquid medications are exempt from restrictions that affect the transportation of liquids in carry-on baggage, provided that their use is necessary during the trip. You must do so by presenting the medication separately in the safety control, outside the transparent bag that is required for the other liquids. In the control you may be asked for proof of authenticity. It is also recommended that, as far as possible, carry the medical prescription or justification of your particular condition. If you need to transport medical devices (diabetic syringes, measuring devices, etc.), you must first notify to the airline so they can inform you of the procedure to follow.


The European Commission establishes control measures for all those products of animal origin that intend to be introduced into the territory of the European Union as part of the luggage of passengers from third countries. These measures are established in the EC Regulation 206/2009 in order to prevent the introduction of diseases through them and apply both to products for private consumption and small shipments to individuals. As a general rule, the introduction of products of animal origin, meat, milk, etc., is prohibited, except for the exceptions included in the aforementioned regulation.

Transportation of food:

Except for this regulation, there are no other restrictions on the transportation of food in carry-on baggage other than the size and weight limitations established by the company and those related to the transportation of liquids. These measures do not affect products purchased in airport stores in the European Union, as long as these stores are found after security checks, or on the aircraft itself, if it is of Community origin. Neither do they affect the billed products. Special diets and baby food: In the carry-on baggage, liquids may be transported during the trip due to the need for special diets, for example, celiacs, including children's meals. When required, the passenger must show the authenticity of the food, which must be presented separately in the security controls. It is recommended that, as far as possible, the passenger carry with them the justification of their particular condition.