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Hand luggage regulation - Forbidden items

Standard hand luggage sizes

All passengers can check their luggage in accordance with the class of their ticket, and can also carry some objects of little weight and of a certain size inside the cabin of the aircraft, which is qualified as hand luggage.

The hand luggage is composed of two pieces of luggage: a personal item and a piece of luggage. The latter must fit into the baggage size meter, which is located at check-in counters as an example, and the bag or item may not exceed the following measurements: 114 cm (56 x 35 x 23 cm) or 22'' long x 14'' wide x 9'' high. The rest of your baggage must be checked in at the check-in counter during the check-in process.
The check in of the rest of your luggage must be done at the counter assigned to your airline at the airport, for the purpose, where you will be given your boarding pass and baggage check.

Some low-cost airlines reduce hand luggage to a single small piece that must fit under the front seat, having to pay or upgrade the ticket to board the second piece of luggage (the largest) in the cabin, or having to check-in, sometimes free of charge, at the check-in counter. Check with your airline.


Security checkpoints

In accordance with safety regulations, passengers must pass through filters or checkpoints before entering the airport's security restricted areas - boarding gates and passenger-only areas. These checkpoints use metal detectors for people and X-rays for luggage. If required by the security personnel, this can be followed up with a thorough manual check. If you carry a laptop computer, tablet, or other electronic device in your hand luggage, you will usually be asked to remove it from its carry-on bag for examination. Liquids are accepted or discarded during this inspection.

Hand luggage restrictions

Passengers are forbidden from taking articles to the security restricted area -or to aircraft cabin, which might constitute a risk for the health of other passengers, the crew and the safety of the aircraft and the cargo. Such items must be included at check-in as baggage and / or applied to them the relevant procedure to be accepted on board; otherwise, they may be seized by security personnel. In addition, security personnel may deny access to the restricted area, and to the cabin, to any passenger who is in possession of an item that raises concerns, even if it is not listed as a prohibited item.

Do never check in or transport any luggage from unknown persons for your own safety and for the safety of other passengers.

Liquids, baby food or baby milk

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In 2006, the European Union introduced restrictions on the transport of liquids that can be carried in hand luggage. If possible, pack the liquids in your hold baggage (the baggage you check in).

These restrictions apply to all passengers, departing from airports of the European Union, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland - independent of their countries of destination. The limitations refer to the quantity of liquids or products of a similar consistency, passengers are allowed to transport in their hand luggage.

The regulations allow passengers to take liquids in their hand luggage, under the condition that:

  1. The liquids must be transported in individual containers with a capacity of less than 100 ml.
  2. These containers must be carried in a resealable, transparent plastic bag (for its easy inspection), with a capacity of not more than 1 litre. Maximum one bag per passenger.

The following list indicates the kind of liquids you may transport in your hand luggage as long as meet the conditions:

Water and other beverages
juices, soups, syrup, baby food or baby milk, yoghurt, body lotion.
Food or special liquids
for medical diets or special nutrition.
Paste and creams
toothpaste, cream and lotion, oil, perfume.
Shower gel, shampoo and hair gel.
Pressurized containers (aerosol or sprays)
deodorant, shaving cream, hair cosmetic, hairspray, and other products of similar consistency.

These limitations only apply to what the passenger carries as hand luggage, but these liquids can be purchased beyond the security controls, in the airport duty free shops, and also on board the aircraft. If these products are sold in sealed bags, do not open them until you have finished your trip. If you are continuing your journey in another EU airport, do not open this sealed bag until you have left the last EU airport.

These security measurements only affect the luggage you carry with you inside the aircraft or in your hand luggage. All previously mentioned articles can be transported in your checked luggage.


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If you have to travel with solid medication we recommend to take it in your hand luggage. You should accompany your medication with a corresponding receipt, a medical prescription or a specified statement about the passenger's health condition, in case the security staff so requires.

All liquid medication is excluded from the restrictions, affecting the transport of liquids in hand luggage, if its usage is indispensable for the passenger during the journey and possible extensions: outward flight + stay + return flight.

Even if the regulations for liquids do not apply in this case, all liquid medication should be demonstrated to the security staff, apart from the transparent plastic bag, used for the transport of other liquids.

In case that you need to transport other types of medical devices such as syringes for diabetics, measurement devices, etc., we recommend you to get the correspondent information about the specific regulations of your airline company prior to your flight.

Dangerous objects

Any object or item which constitute a risk for the health of other passengers, the crew and the safety of the aircraft and the cargo, must be included at check-in as baggage and / or applied to them the relevant procedure to be accepted on board. There is no a specify or definitive list of dangerous objects due of its ambiguity (rods, tripods, sports accessories ...). The final decision rests with the security staff. If you have doubts about some object, please access the security control with enough time in advance.

General dangerous objects
Pointed, sharp or blunt objects that could be used to intimidate, attack or threaten the safety.
Other dangerous objects
Any other which constitute a risk for the health of passengers or crew.
Any other which constitute a risk the safety of the aircraft and the cargo.

Remember that even if your airline accepts certain ambiguous items as carry-on baggage, these may not be allowed into the security area at subsequent security checks, or vice versa.

Chemical and toxic substances

The following articles may neither be transported in your hand luggage, nor stored in the luggage department:

  • Acids and alkalis (for example, wet batteries that could cause spills).
  • Corrosive or whitening substances (mercury, chlorine, etc.).
  • Disabling or incapacitating sprays (mace, pepper spray, tear gas, etc.).
  • Radioactive material (for example, isotopes for medical or commercial use).
  • Poisons.
  • Infectious materials or those that constitute a biological hazard (for example, contaminated blood, bacteria or viruses).
  • Material capable of spontaneous ignition or combustion.
  • Fire extinguishers.

Security authorities may deny the transport of any hold luggage, containing an article arousing their suspicion, even if it is not listed.

Firearms transport

If you intend to transport firearms, you must contact the airport's Weapons Intervention Department at the airport in order to receive the corresponding authorization. All kind of firearms should be wrapped in an appropriate case; they will be returned to you at the Weapons Intervention Department of your destination airport upon delivery of the authorization obtained at origin.

The objects described below may not be transported as hand luggage and must therefore be checked in.

  • Any type of firearms: pistols, revolvers, rifles, shotguns, etc.
  • Replica or imitation firearms or blank cartridges.
  • Firearm parts (except ordinary or telescopic sights).
Other types of weapons
  • Air pistols, air rifles and pellet guns.
  • Signal flare pistols.
  • Starter pistols.
  • Toy guns of all types (BB gun, etc.).
  • Industrial bolt and nail guns.
  • Crossbows, slings, harpoon and spear guns.
  • Slaughterhouse guns or devices that stun or provoke shock, such as cattle prods or laser guns.
  • Cigarette lighters or other lighters that imitate firearms.

Weapons Intervention Department (Intervención de armas)

Guardia Civil

Terminal T1 level 0, baggage claim hall.
(+34) 954 999 467.

Further information

Security forces at the airport: Guardia Civil and Police, see complementary passengers services.

Get additional information about forbidden articles in your hand luggage or your checked baggage at .