New safety regulations for air travel in the European union


The European Commission has adopted new security regulations on the carriage of liquids in hand luggage, to protect passengers from the new threats associated with the possible use of liquids as explosives. These rules apply to flights from all airports in European Union countries, plus Norway, Iceland and Switzerland.

Under the new regulations, passengers may carry liquids in their hand luggage only in containers not exceeding 100 milliliters in capacity. The containers must fit into a transparent, re-sealable plastic bag not exceeding 1 liter in capacity. Each passenger may carry just 1 such packet.

Medications and some food products (such as baby food) that may be needed on a trip do not need to be enclosed in a plastic bag, but they must be presented at screening points.

As before, passengers may carry liquids in their hold baggage. The new regulations apply only to hand luggage.

These requirements apply to S7 passengers taking scheduled flights from Germany, charter flights from European Union countries, as well as transfer passengers traveling on from Germany on flights operated by other airlines.

The regulations came into force on November 6 2006, and will apply until they are rescinded.

You can learn about the new regulations in more detail at our site