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Same rules, new checks for liquids in hand baggage

On 28 January 2014 the checks for liquids in hand baggage will change at Zurich Airport. However, the rule remains the same. Passengers may still carry liquids of up to 100 ml, special food including baby food, and medications. Less stringent rules apply to transfer passengers.

The current rule allows liquids in containers up to a maximum size of 100 ml in a transparent, sealable 1-litre plastic bag. Each passenger may take one such bag on board in his or her hand baggage. Passengers may also carry special food (including baby food), medications and duty-free articles in the appropriate sealed bags in their hand baggage. From now on, special food (including baby food), medications and duty-free articles will undergo an additional separate check to ensure that they do not contain explosives.

The new EU rule applies to transfer passengers in particular. Transfer passengers from countries outside the European Union (EU), with the exception of passengers from the USA, Canada, Croatia, Malaysia and Singapore, had to hand over their duty-free articles at the transfer security check in the past. In future, passengers transferring from third countries via Zurich Airport may carry duty-free articles in their hand baggage as well. The requirement is that  the article must be packed in a sealed, intact ICAO bag that complies with the regulations. These liquids will also undergo the same additional checks as medications and special food.

The new EU rule must be implemented in all EU member states by no later than 31 January 2014. On account of the bilateral agreements, Switzerland is also obliged to implement this rule.

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