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Baggage regulations

When it comes to baggage, air travellers are faced with countless regulations. What is the maximum weight I can take? Does this cover my carry-on baggage or does it only apply to check-in baggage? Are my laptop, iPad and handbag included? Is there an excess charge for check-in baggage? And what about liquids? These are all questions we’ll be pleased to answer for you.

Airlines are free to set their own restrictions regarding matters such as maximum weight allowance, the cost of excess baggage, and additional charges for check-in baggage. But there are a number of general rules and safety regulations that apply to all airlines. They affect both carry-on and check-in baggage. For your convenience, we have listed the most important of these rules and regulations below.

Regulations for carry-on baggage

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The following regulations apply to all airlines:

  • Liquids, creams and sprays can only be carried in small quantities (max. 100ml). They should be packed together in a transparent, resealable plastic bag (1 bag per person). These restrictions do not apply to baby food, medicines or special dietary requirements needed for use during the flight.
  • Tax-free liquids (such as drinks and perfumes bought at an EU airport) must be packed and sealed. If you buy these items outside the EU, you need to check them in. If you do not, they will be confiscated by customs at Schiphol.
  • On the plane, you can stow your carry-on baggage in the overhead baggage compartments or under the seat in front of you.

Regulations for check-in baggage

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The following are the most important general regulations:

  • If you wish to carry more than the maximum weight allowance, you will need to pay an excess baggage surcharge. Depending on your destination and the airline in question, the surcharge may be based on weight or on the number of items of baggage.
  • If you wish to take any hazardous materials with you, you must report this to the airline in advance. The airline can then transport them as dangerous goods, specially packed, labelled and with specific transport documents.
  • Some airlines (e.g., KLM and Transavia) apply a surcharge for check-in (hold) baggage. Depending on your destination and the airline in question, you may be charged a surcharge for each item of baggage.

Prohibited items

Certain items and objects are not allowed on board, either in carry-on baggage or in check-in baggage. These include objects with a sharp point, hazardous liquids and firearms. For more details, see the EU List of Prohibited Articles.

For the list of prohibited items, click here.