Hand Luggage Regulations

New safety measures for hand luggage on all departures from or transfers via EU member states:

hand luggageFrom 6 November 2006, restrictions have been introduced regarding taking liquids into the cabin on all flights originating in or flying via the EU. This includes all German domestic flights. Liquid and gel-based products such as healthcare products and cosmetics may be carried in hand luggage as long as they comply with the following regulations:

  • Bottles may contain liquids or similar products up to a maximum of 100 ml (based on maximum capacity as printed on the bottle)
  • All such products must be carried in a transparent resealable plastic bag (e.g. a so-called "zip-lock") with a maximum capacity of one litre
  • One bag per person
  • The bag must be presented separately at the security check


Medication and special foodstuffs (e.g. baby food) which are needed during a flight may be transported outside the plastic zip-lock bag. Any such articles must likewise be presented at the security check. Items or bags that do not comply with the stipulations may not be taken on board. A similar regulation as already been in force on flights to and transfers via the USA since 29 September 2006, allowing 90 ml per container. Currently, however, passengers departing from German airports on flights to the USA are being accepted with 100 ml.


Duty-free articles purchased at airports inside the EU or on flights on planes registered in the EU, e.g. on Lufthansa flights, may be carried on board in a sealed bag as long as they are accompanied by a receipt bearing the date of the flight (this does not apply to flights to the USA or to code-share flights). These items must be sealed by the duty-free sales staff. Additional special regulations apply to USA and UK flights. For example, liquids still may not be taken on board as hand luggage on any flights departing from or flying via the United Kingdom.


Please check the current regulations shortly before your departure. Destinations Travel exerts no influence on these legal stipulations and asks passengers to bear them in mind already when preparing for a trip and to reduce the amount of hand luggage to the bare minimum.


Additional security measures on UK and US flights:

Additional cabin baggage restrictions and security controls apply for all flights from or via UK to Germany as well as for all flights to and from the United States.

We regret any inconvenience our passengers might experience due to these measures. We recommend that our passengers reduce their carry-on baggage to a minimum and arrive early at the airport. As these measures might change at short notice, we also recommend to consult the relevant airline you are travelling with prior to your departure for the latest information.


The following rules apply:



On instructions from the German and US authorities, passengers will again be allowed to take limited amounts of liquids, wax or gel-type substances in their hand luggage into the aircraft cabin. Permitted are containers, such as bottles or tins, each up to a size of 100 ml but they must be carried in a transparent plastic bag with a volume of no more than one litre. One bag per passenger is allowed.

Allowed for carry-on baggage are:

  • Prescription medicines and baby food, of which larger amounts may be packed in carry-on bags insofar as they are essential for the flight
  • Electronic equipment including mobile phones, digital cameras, MP3 players and laptops



Following rules apply for all passengers traveling from and via the UK but not for passengers flying from Germany or elsewhere in Europe to the UK where the standard regulations apply.

It is allowed to take on board one piece of carry-on baggage (56cmx45cmx25cm) in all booking classes. In addition passengers may carry a musical instrument as carry-on baggage.

Carry-on baggage bag must not contain:

  • Any liquids
  • Cosmetics or toiletries, including gels, pastes, lotions, liquid/solid mixtures, perfumes and the contents of pressurised containers - these must be checked in as hold baggage
  • Cigarette lighters are not permitted in any baggage. These may be purchased after passing the security check


Carry-on baggage may include:

  • Electronic equipment including mobile phones, digital cameras and MP3 players
  • Laptops and large electronic equipment (e.g. large hair dryer) may be carried in cabin baggage, but must be taken out for x-ray controls
  • Prescription medicines in liquid form if needed during the flight, e.g. diabetic kit
  • Baby milk and liquid baby food (the contents of each bottle must be tasted by the accompanying passenger)


Most of the times the airline accepts no responsibility for items which are not permitted to be taken into the carry-on baggage. For items transported in hold baggage the regular legal conditions apply.


Pieces of carry-on baggage:

With most airlines in First and Business Class you may take two pieces of hand baggage on board. Economy Class passengers are only permitted one piece of hand baggage. Please check for country- and airline-specific differences.


Size and weight of carry-on baggage:

Each piece of hand baggage may not be larger than 55 x 40 x 20 cm and may not weigh more than 8 kg. An exception are foldable garment bags. They count as hand baggage up to a size of 57 x 54 x 15 cm

Pieces of baggage exceeding these limits have to be checked in. As the stowage space in the cabin is limited these pieces will be transported in the cargo hold. This is in the interests of your own and other passengers' safety and comfort.


Differing rules:

In certain cases airlines may ask First and Business Class passengers to check in their second piece of hand baggage:

  • Flights with small aircrafts, mainly on regional routes
  • In countries with restrictive government regulations (such as Italy and the USA)


Technical appliances in carry-on baggage:

If you would like to take for example an MP-3 player, a portable CD player, a laptop or mobile phone with you in your hand baggage the security laws of the respective place of departure apply.

Certain electronic devices may not be used during the flight because they may interfere with the electronic aviation systems. The respective flight attendants will be happy to inform you which appliances can be used without restrictions inside the aircraft.

Mobile telephones have to be completely turned off during your entire stay on board.


These items you may take into the cabin in addition:

In addition to your hand baggage and technical appliances you may take the following items into the cabin:

  • A handbag, wrist bag or small bag (or small laptop bag) and their content
  • A coat, shawl or blanket
  • A small camera or a pair of binoculars
  • An appropriate amount of reading material for the journey
  • A baby basket and baby food for the flight
  • Crutches or other orthopedic aids you are depending on


These items you may not take into the cabin:

It is not allowed to carry items in your hand baggage that can cause injuries:

  • Fake weapons and items that may be used as weapons which can discharge a projectile
  • False weapons
  • Pointed and sharp items (e.g. scissors, pocket knives)
  • Blunt items (e.g. baseball bat)
  • All other dangerous items


Security checks of your carry-on baggage:

Your hand baggage will go through a security check before boarding. Should x-ray be used this will not have any influence on your film material (up to 1,000 ASA/31 DIN).


For any further information and latest up-dates on security measures please contact the respective airline you are travelling with prior to departure.


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