EU Liquids Regulations FAQ
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- What do these new regulations mean?
- These new regulations mean that the amount of liquids you can carry in hand baggage will be severely restricted.
- When do these regulations come into effect?
- On Monday 6th November at 01:00 hours.
- Who is responsible for bringing in this regulation?
- This regulation is a European Union regulation and Ireland West Airport Knock is bound to adhere to it on the basis that Ireland is a member country of the European Union Once an EU regulation is enacted, the Airport are duty bound to comply with its requirements.
- How long will this regulation remain in place?
- It will remain in place until further notice.
- Does this apply at all airports or just here?
- Yes. This is an EU Regulation which applies equally across all airports within all member states.
- Does this apply to internal / domestic flights also?
- Yes. This applies to all internal flights e.g. Ireland West Airport to Dublin route.
Liquids & Containers FAQ’s
- Can I bring any liquids in my hand baggage with these new regulations?
- Yes you can bring liquids provided the container they are in is less than 100ml in capacity and these are displayed in a clear transparent plastic bag of capacity less than 1 litre.
- What constitutes a liquid?
A liquid includes:
- Water and other drinks, soups, syrups
- Creams, lotions and oils
- Perfumes, Sprays
- Gels, including hair and shower gels
- Contents of pressurized containers, including shaving foam, other foams and deodorants
- Pastes, including toothpaste
- Liquid-solid mixtures
- Any other item of similar consistency
- Are lipsticks, toothpaste and hair gel included as liquids?
- Yes these items are included
- Am I restricted to one bottle?
- No. You can bring as many bottles of this size as you wish provided they all fit in the 1 litre transparent plastic bag.
- Can I carry as hand luggage any liquids or gels such as an unopened bottle of perfume/aftershave/liquid foundation which is in a bottle of 150ml capacity?
- No. The Airport’s security staff are required to confiscate any such items and we cannot return it to you. These items should be carefully wrapped and packed in your checked in baggage at your own risk if you have not already checked them in. Alternatively you can leave the item in your car or give it to your friends or relations who are not travelling to look after or you may wish to post it to an onwards address. The Airport’s security staff are not in a position to look after or handle any such items from departing passengers.
- I bought a really expensive bottle of alcohol / perfume as a gift whilst on holiday in Ireland. Can I bring this through as hand luggage if it is unopened and still it its original wrapping?
- No. This item should be carefully wrapped and packed in your checked-in baggage at your own risk.
- My Aunt made me a big pot of jam to bring back to England. Can I bring this on board as I am afraid it may get broken in my case?
- No. If it is in a jar that is greater than 100ml capacity, it will not be permitted through passenger screening. Always remember to pack this type of item carefully in your checked in baggage. This item will be carried at the owner’s risk.
- If a passenger has a one litre bottle or can of mineral that is sealed can he/she bring this through as hand luggage?
- No. This type of item must be checked in or returned to your car/family or it will be confiscated.
- If the bottle is large but I have only 100ml in the bottle can I bring this with me?
- No. It is the capacity of the bottle that is restricted, not the quantity carried there in.
- Does it matter if the bottle/jar is plastic or glass?
- No this does not matter. It is the capacity of the bottle/jar that is important.
- If I refuse to hand over these liquids what will happen?
- In this situation you will be refused permission to travel unless you check in the liquids with your bags, leave them behind or allow the airport security to confiscate them.
- Can I bring more than one transparent plastic bag?
- No, you are restricted to one transparent plastic bag per passenger.
- What colour has the transparent plastic bag to be?
- The transparent plastic bag can be any colour providing it is see through.
- Are children and infants allowed to carry on a transparent plastic bag?
- Children from the age of 2+ are allowed to carry one transparent plastic bag. Infants are not allowed carry any.
- If there are three of us travelling are we permitted one transparent plastic bag per person or one per group?
- Each person is allowed to carry one transparent plastic bag and must take responsibility for all items in this bag.
- Will the airport provide a transparent plastic bag if I forget to bring one with me?
- Yes the airport provide bags if required, at a cost of €1 for 2 bags
- Can I bring my own transparent plastic bag from home?
- Yes, we strongly encourage you to do so. The bag must be transparent, re-sealable and of a capacity not exceeding one litre, with maximum dimensions of 20cm x 20cm
- Can I bring some bottles of baby food for infants as we are transferring onto another flight in the U.K.?
Yes, Parents/Guardian travelling with babies are permitted to bring liquids with them in bottles that are in excess of 100ml provided:
- The liquid is either in a baby’s bottle or is very obviously for the child.
- The Parent/Guardian is required to taste the liquid to confirm what it is.
- The amount of liquid being transported relates to the length of the journey. In other words 2-3 bottles should be adequate for a flight to the UK. 5-6 bottles may be required for a flight to the US or if passengers are transferring onwards to another flight.
- If the passenger advises that the milk is a special milk or food (e.g. Goats Milk) then discretion should be used to allow them to bring a greater number of bottles. In this case all bottles must be tasted by the parent/guardian.
- If a parent/Guardian is required to empty out the bottle, they shall be allowed to bring the empty bottle with them
- This also applies to liquids such as boiled water, juices etc. which are being used as baby foods.
- If any security staff member is unclear about any aspect of this procedure, it should be referred to the Duty Officer who shall make the final decision based on common sense.
- Any differences of opinion shall not be discussed in front of the public.
- My doctor says that I cannot travel without my medication. Can I carry my medication in my hand luggage?
- Yes you will be permitted to bring your medication with you through passenger screening provided you have a doctors letter.
- Can I bring medication that is not on prescription?
- In general you are advised to check in this type of medication with your checked in baggage. However if it is necessary for the flight you will be permitted to bring it provided an excessive amount is not being carried?
- Can I take my contact lens solution?
- Contact lens solution should be packed into checked in luggage. If you must carry lens solution in your hand luggage it should be in a container, not more than 100mls and presented in a one litre transparent bag at the passenger security screening point.
- I am on medication which means that I have to drink lots of water. What can I do?
- Unfortunately water in this case would not be considered as medication and you could not bring it through passenger screening. You can however purchase water in the travel shops airside of the passenger screening point or on board the aircraft.
- Can I purchase toiletries after passenger screening?
- Yes. A range of toiletries are available for purchase in the airport travel shop. These products will be packed and sealed for you in a tamper-evident bag as necessary by the shop personnel.
- What about transferring passengers?
- If the first flight begins at an airport in the EU and items have been purchased beyond the passenger security points, these liquids will be placed in tamper evident bags. Passengers can take these liquids on-board their second flight, as long as the items are still packed in tamper-evident bags. If the first flight originates in a country outside the EU the items will not conform to the new regulations, as they will not have been placed in tamper evident bags. Transferring passengers will then be subject to these new EU security regulations when they transfer through an EU airport.
Checked in Bags
- Are there any changes in relation to what I can bring in my checked in baggage?
- No. There are no changes in relation to items contained within checked in baggage. Please check with your airline in relation to weights and prohibited items.
- If I forget to pack something in my checked in baggage and I have already checked in, Can I get my checked in bag back?
- No. Unfortunately once your bag is checked in; it cannot be retrieved until you reach your destination airport.
- Can I go back to check in and just check in the bottles on their own?
- No. Once you have checked in, you will not be permitted to check in an additional bag. The exceptions to this are Ryanair passengers who will be permitted to check in an additional bag but extra charges will apply.
- Can I get back the goods you confiscate on my return?
- No unfortunately the logistics would be too great for the numbers of passengers travelling.
- If I have only hand baggage and no checked in baggage, do the same restrictions apply?
- Yes, the restriction applies to all hand luggage being carried through passenger screening