Hand and checked-in luggage 

Luggage that passengers may carry in the cabin and the cargo hold.

Luggage: Hand and checked luggage

Before going to the airport, ask your airline about specific limitations regarding number of pieces of luggage, and maximum size and weight limitations applicable to checked and carry-on luggage.

In the aircraft cabin, small, lightweight objects can be taken as hand luggage (non-pointed umbrellas, handbags, cameras, etc.), as long as they do not exceed the established size and weight stipulated on the ticket.

Products prohibited in hand luggage

For security reasons, there are a series of objects that are forbidden in the aircraft cabin. These objects must therefore be checked-in as hold baggage (as long as it is not forbidden to transport such items in the hold of the aircraft). These objects include:

  • Liquids: there is a limitation on the quantity of liquids or substances of a similar consistency that passengers may carry on their person when they pass through the security checkpoints in European Union airports.
  • Firearms and weapons in general.
  • Weapons or objects with sharp points or edges.
  • Blunt instruments.
  • Explosive and inflammable substances.
  • Chemical and toxic substances.

Security staff may deny access to the boarding area and the aeroplane cabin to any passenger in possession of an article which, although not considered prohibited, arouses their suspicions.

In exceptional circumstances, a passenger will be able to carry a prohibited item on, providing that the departure airport security department has been informed in advance and authorises the carrying of that item. The captain of the plane must also be made aware of the passenger and of the prohibited item that it is being carried.

The prohibited article or articles must however be transported in secure conditions at all times.

Products prohibited in both hand luggage and checked baggage

Although it may surprise you, some seemingly harmless products can be dangerous on board an aircraft if they are packed in your luggage.

An aeroplane is not like a car. During the flight, variations of temperature and pressure and the movement of the aircraft itself may cause the leakage of liquids or the ignition of certain articles. Therefore, you must not, for example, carry the following products in your luggage:

  • Explosives (including detonators, fuses, grenades, mines and pyrotechnic products).
  • Gases: propane, butane (including small camping gas canisters).
  • Flammable liquids (including petrol, methanol, paint, solvents, glue and lighter fuel).
  • Solid flammable or reactive substances (including magnesium, matches and lighters, fireworks and flares).
  • Oxidants and organic peroxides (like bleaches and abrasive substances).
  • Toxic or infectious substances (rat poisons, infected blood).
  • Radioactive material (including isotopes for medical or commercial use).
  • Corrosive materials (such as car batteries).
  • Engine parts that have contained fuel.

If you are going to transport fire arms, you will have to go to the Weapons Inspection Office at the departure airport to obtain the necessary clearance. The weapons must be packed in a suitable case and will be returned to you at the Weapons Intervention Department at your destination airport.

Certain electronic equipment, such as laptops or mobile telephones can interfere with the aircraft's systems and affect flight safety. Ask the crew whether you can use them during the flight.

You will find a complete list of articles that may not be taken as hand and/or checked luggage in the Security section under hand luggage and the checked baggage section.

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