Health information for passengers
The X-rays at the security check at Zurich Airport do not affect passengers' health.
However, passengers with pacemakers should not go through the metal detector arch. Before flying, pregnant women should follow their airline's recommendations with regard to the week of pregnancy.
Hand baggage X-ray equipment
The amount of radiation during the hand baggage check is well below the permitted limit as per the Ordinance on Radiological Protection of the Federal Office of Public Health. The amount of radiation is very low, even for frequent flyers.
During the flight, each passenger is continuously subject to natural high-altitude radiation. This is several times higher than the maximum possible radiation dose received during the baggage check.
The rays emitted by baggage X-ray equipment do not have any radioactive effect on food, medications or other materials and do not alter them. The screening does not have any negative effect on laptops, notebooks or mobile phones.
Metal detectors in the arch
When a person passes through the arch, an extremely low dose of electro-magnetic radiation is generated. This cannot be perceived by humans.
Measurements conducted by the supervisory authority have confirmed that the values are well below the statutory immission limit. Based on the current level of knowledge,electro-magnetic fields do not, therefore, pose any risk. Passengers with pacemakers should exercise caution, however. They should not pass through the arch, as sensitive pacemakers may be disrupted.
Travelling when pregnant
Ask your airline directly how late into your pregnancy you are allowed to fly. The guidelines vary according to the airline. In some cases you may require a doctor's certificate. Security checks carried out with metal detectors do not pose any health risks.
We recommend that you enquire about epidemics and infectious diseases in your destination country. Vaccination recommendations and other tips are available via the relevant links.