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Information about hand luggage

Hand luggage liquid allowance - Medication - Dangerous objects - Food

Passengers are welcome to check in their luggage in accordance with their ticket's allowance, and may also carry some lightweight items of a certain size into the cabin of the aircraft, which is considered hand luggage.

Hand luggage consists of two pieces: one personal article and one carry-on luggage. The carry-on luggage has to fit into the device for hand luggage allowance, situated next to the check-in desks. Please make sure that it does not exceed the following measurements: 114 cm (56 x 35 x 23 cm) or 22'' length x 14'' width x 9'' depth.
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.

In accordance with the safety regulations, passengers may pass the filters or security checkpoints, before they access to the restricted safety areas of the airport, as boarding gates and passenger-only zones. These security checkpoints consist of metal-detector arches for the passengers and X-ray detectors for their luggage. Both systems might be carried out manually, if the security staff members so decide. If your hand luggage is a personal computer, or another electronic device, you usually will be asked to take it out of its protection case in order to be examined

Passengers are forbidden from taking articles to the security restricted area, or to the cabin of the aircraft, which 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, the security staff can requisition. Security staff may also deny access to the boarding area and the aeroplane cabin to any passenger in possession of an object which, even if not considered forbidden, arouses their suspicions.

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

Objects prohibited in hand luggage

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.

Some items of the grooming or beauty routine raise doubts about their transport in hand luggage:
Hair straighteners, curling irons, hair dryers, electric toothbrushes, Airbrush Make-up Machine are allowed in hand luggage.

For hair straighteners and curling irons, a safety cover must be securely fitted over the heating element and the device must be protected from accidental activation.
Cordless curling irons containing a gas cartridge, and butane fueled curling irons are allowed in carry-on bags only. Gas refills (spare cartridges) are not allowed in either checked or carry-on bags. All these devices must be protected from accidental activation.

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.

Hand luggage liquid allowance: take liquids on a plane

In 2002, the European Union established a group of rules regarding hand luggage liquid allowance on a plane. Although these regulations are regularly reviewed, there are a number of common basic air security measures applicable to all passengers departing from airports in the European Union, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland, regardless of their destination. The limitations affect the amount of liquids, or substances of similar consistency, that passengers may carry as their hand luggage.

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 for hand luggage liquid allowance

  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.

Liquids you can carry in your hand luggage:

Water and other beverages
juice, soup, syrup, the content of baby bottles, yoghurt, body lotion, baby food.
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.
Can I bring food in my hand luggage?

Medicines, baby food and dietary products

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.

Travelling with solid food in hand luggage

Yes, you can travel with food in your hand luggage. Just keep in mind the airline's hand luggage size and weight limitations. It is also advisable to transport it in an airtight container to avoid spills or odours. Regarding the transport of liquids in the cabin, please refer to the section on liquids.

The European Union restricts the entrance to animal products: meat, dairy products or by-products, to avoid the introduction of diseases. The regulation does not apply to small quantities of milk powder, baby food or animal feed if they weigh less than 2 kg. Nor does it apply to small quantities for personal consumption from Andorra, Liechtenstein, Greenland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino or Switzerland. Other countries in the rest of the world may apply similar laws, please consult the health authorities and the consulate of the country of destination.

Dangerous and blunt objects

As mentioned, any object that may constitute a risk to the health of the passenger and crew, or to the safety of the aircraft and its cargo, must be checked in and loaded into the hold of the aircraft. If you are in doubt about any item, please arrive in good time to ask the security staff; security staff may refuse carriage of any hold baggage containing an unlisted item that raises concerns.

General Dangerous Goods
Sharp, cutting or blunt objects that could be used to intimidate, assault or endanger safety.
Other dangerous objects
Any other that puts at risk the health of passengers and crew, the safety of the aircraft and its property.


In case that you intend to transport firearms, you should contact the Department of Central Inspection for Arms and Explosives 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 Department of Central Inspection for Arms and Explosives  at your destination airport, provided that you received the necessary authorization at your airport of departure.

All objects described hereinafter may not be transported as hand luggage and must therefore be checked in.

  • ny 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.

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.

Department Weapons and Explosives Inspection

The intervention of weapons and explosives Inspection is carried out on the premises of the Civil Guard police (Guàrdia Civil) at the airport.
Telephon weapons and explosives Inspection: 932 971 188.
24 hours both terminals.
Terminal floor 3, check in hall.
Terminal floor 0, Arrivals hall.

Further information

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

Obtain additional information about forbidden articles in your hand luggage and in your checked baggage at

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