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Dangerous objects

Security rules

European Union and the Italian Civil Aviation Authority have introduced security rules that limit the amount of liquid substances passengers can take through airport security checks.The new security measures apply to all passengers departing from airports in the European Union including Norway, Iceland and Switzerland, and travelling to any destination.

What has changed

Passengers will be allowed to carry on board small quantities of liquids only. Liquids should be carried in individual containers with a maximum capacity of 100ml. / 3.4oz. or equivalent (100gr.). All items will have to be carried in a clear, transparent, re-sealable, one-litre capacity (e.g. 18x20cm in size) plastic bag. Only one plastic bag will be allowed per passenger.  

What hasn’t changed

It is still allowed to:

  • transport liquids in registered baggage which will have to be declared when checking-in, and are approved by the airline. The new rules only apply to hand baggage.
  • bring on board medicines or foods for specific dietary requirements (including baby food) needed for the duration of travel; you may be requested to provide proof that these items are needed.

Purchases it is still possible to buy items (including liquids) in shops located after security checks, or on board aircraft operated by airlines registered in European Community member countries
For items purchased whilst in transit to a country outside of the European Community, specific packaging requirements may apply for that country. Further information can be found at place of purchase. 

Substances which are considered liquids

  • Gel 
  • Paste tooth-pastes 
  • Lotions 
  • Mix of solid/liquid substances 
  • Contents of pressurised receptacles (shaving cream) 
  • Hair gel 
  • Drinks 
  • Soups 
  • Syrups 
  • Perfumes
  • Aerosol
  • Other items of similar consistency

Animal origin food products (meat, milk or products based on them) may be carriers of pathogen elements, spreading contagious animal diseases.  
There are strict controls and procedures for introduction of these products in the European Union. Travellers* must submit such products for official controls. Further information is available by local health authorities.  
* Travellers with small quantities for personal use are excluded if coming from: Andorra, Faeroer Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland.

ICAO and IATA classify all substances and materials that due to their nature may be dangerous for air transport and are forbidden on passenger flights, both in registered baggage and carry-on.
The list is as follows:

  • document holders with allarm device
  • pressurised gas of any kind (refrigerating, flammable, non flammable and poisonous) as butane, oxygen, liquid nitrogen, camping gas, scuba gear with gas loaded (Ok if empty)
  • corrosive or caustic substances, such as acids, alkalis, mercury and batteries with liquid elements
  • explosives, arms and munitions that are for other purposes than hunting or sports, strip capsules, fireworks and rockets, all toys similar to weapons
  • flammable liquids and solids, such as lighters and their fuel, matches, paint of any kind, solvents
  • other dangerous objects, such as magnetic items, harmful, toxic, of unpleasant or irritating smell, oxydating products, such as whitening powder and peroxides
  • poisonous and infective substances, insecticides, weedkiller and pathogen components materials
  • radioactive substances
  • allarm devices complete of lithium batteries to make them work (Ok if devoid of batteries)
  • underwater flashlight with inserted batteries (Ok if devoid of batteries)
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