Passenger with hand baggage
Passenger with hand baggage

Hand baggage

These regulations apply to your hand baggage

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Terminal 1 of Berlin Brandenburg Airport BER will open on 31 October 2020. On 25 October 2020, Schönefeld SXF Airport will become Terminal 5 of BER. Travellers flying to and from Berlin (Schönefeld SXF and Tegel TXL airports) until then should visit to find out more about their journey.

Size and weight

depend on your airline

Before heading on your journey, inform yourself of your airline’s hand baggage requirements. In addition, further safety provisions must be borne in mind. Some objects are not allowed in hand baggage at all.

Only a limited quantity of fluids are allowed in hand baggage due to safety requirements at European airports. These must be in containers that do not have a capacity above 100 ml. In this case, the maximum capacity printed on the packaging counts. All containers must be stored in a separate transparent, resealable plastic bag with a zip on it. This bag must have a maximum carrying capacity of one litre.

These include pastes, lotions, creams, foam, mixtures of liquids and solids (aerosols), as well as other substances that are liquid, viscous, gelatinous, creamy or similar in consistency at room temperature.

If in doubt, the control staff at the airport determine what you are allowed to take with you.

Liquid medicines (e.g. insulin) or liquid special food (e.g. baby food or other special dietary nutrition) required during the flight are exceptions to this rule. Such a need must be documented in the form of a doctor’s certificate if necessary. Any customs provisions must be taken into account when taking medicines, regardless of the rules concerning liquids.

Liquids in sealed bags from duty-free sales purchased at an airport or on board are also exceptions.  The security bags (“STEB”) must be tamper-proof, unopened, and undamaged. The items and the receipt must also be stored in a correspondingly certified security bag. These items are controlled separately.

The following items are not permitted in hand baggage:

  • Lithium batteries or accumulators over 100 watt-hours (Wh)
  • Petrol lighters and windproof lighters as well as refill cartridges (even on the person and in hold baggage). A gas lighter is permitted per passenger, provided it is carried on the person. Transportation of such items in hand or hold baggage is not permitted. Lighters discovered in baggage will be disposed of.
  • Pressurised containers such as hairspray, etc.
  • Knives with a blade longer than 6 cm
  • Nail polish remover
  • Scissors with a blade longer than 6 cm
  • Ski poles
  • Matches
  • Walking sticks
  • Hiking sticks

A list of all forbidden objects can be found here.

All liquids must be taken out of the hand baggage and shown separately during security controls. To avoid delays, it is therefore recommended to take out all liquids from your hand baggage before reaching the security controls.

We recommend handing fluids over in travel baggage if possible. Other regulations, such as hazardous goods regulations, should be observed. The less hand baggage you take onto a flight, the less stress you will have with the air security controls. Staff at the airport will be happy to help you with any questions or concerns.

These special requirements for carrying liquids in hand baggage apply across the European Union. Please ensure you are aware of the requirements in your destination or transit country before travelling. The information provided here is a simplified summary and no liability is assumed. Legally binding information can be found in the legal texts.

More information

on your baggage

Baggage tracing

Is your baggage lost or damaged?

Hold baggage

How to easily check in your baggage

Oversized baggage

Where to go with oversized baggage?

Baggage storage

Where can your baggage be safely stored?

Hazardous goods

These items are forbidden in travel baggage