Due to decreased air traffic during the winter season, the hours of operation of Terminal 2 central security screening at Václav Havel Airport Prague, used for departures to destinations within the Schengen Area, will be changed effective 1 December 2020. Passengers will be able to check in for their flights at counters as before based on the instructions of their air carrier. After checking-in at Terminal 2, passengers will proceed to the central security screening point, open from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time. The opening hours of the security screening point may be extended or changed in the event of a delayed flight or a flight approved on an exception basis.
EU Security Rules on Liquids, Aerosols and Gels
Restrictions on the amount of liquids, aerosols and gels that can be carried as cabin baggage apply to all passengers flying from or transferring through EU countries. These restrictions do not apply to liquids purchased in the non-public areas of the airport and packed in a security tamper-evident bag by the retailer, as well as to liquids purchased past the security checkpoint.
Liquids you can carry in your cabin baggage without any restrictions on the amount present in a single container:
- Children’s and baby food for the duration of the journey
- Medicines and special dietary food for the duration of the journey
- Intact security tamper-evident bags purchased at the airport shops (STEBs)
It is recommended that you have a medical prescription or a doctor’s note when taking medicines and special dietary food on board.
Liquids you can carry in your cabin baggage with some restrictions on the amount present in a single container:
- Liquids and gels for common use (cosmetics, food, etc.)
- In containers that are 100 ml or less
Restricted amounts of liquids, aerosols and gels may only be carried:
- In single containers that have a maximum capacity of 100 ml, placed in a single, transparent, and re-sealable plastic bag with a maximum capacity of one liter
- After they have been placed outside the cabin baggage and are checked separately by security.
If you fail to present items containing liquids or gels in the manner described, you will not be allowed to take them on board.
You will only be allowed to take the above-mentioned liquids and gels on board as cabin baggage after they have passed through established security checks at the airport before departure.
Armed persons are not permitted to travel on aircraft intended for civil air travel unless they are traveling in compliance with the special legal regulations valid in the Czech Republic, or unless they have explicit authorization or a permit has been issued by the Ministry of the Interior. The export, import and transit of weapons and ammunition is regulated by Act no. 119/2002 Coll. on Firearms and Ammunition, as amended. Passengers must declare to the airline (i.e. to the Police of the Czech Republic) in advance if they are travelling with firearms or ammunition. The security checks on declared weapons and ammunition, incl. those by the Police of the Czech Republic, are normally conducted in the oversize baggage check-in counter area at the relevant Terminal.
Our security staff always have the right to ban additional items that are not listed here, but raise a substantiated suspicion that they may pose a threat to civil aviation safety.
What I may carry in my baggage
Laptops, tablets, mobile phones, cameras, music players
Liquids, aerosols and gels in containers holding 100 ml or less*
Liquid medicines, baby food in the quantity needed for the duration of the flight
Knives and scissors with blades shorter than 6 cm (does not apply to tactical, combat, hunting and non-standard types of knives)
Work tools (drills, hammers, screwdrivers, spanners, etc.), medical equipment
Firearms and imitation firearms (paintball guns, airsoft guns, starting pistols, gas pistols, etc.), ammunition **
Hockey sticks, fishing rods, paddles, golf clubs, ski poles
Explosives and improvised explosive devices, detonators, consumer pyrotechnics
Acids, corrosive substances, flammable substances, electronic lighters
Pressure containers and gasses of any kind (e.g. propane and butane mixtures, self-defense sprays)
Toxic or infectious substances, radioactive substances, flammable solid and liquid substances, repellents
Lithium batteries and devices containing lithium batteries ***
* All liquids, aerosols and gels must be placed in a transparent and re-sealable bag that has a maximum capacity of one liter, which must be taken out from your hand baggage before the security checkpoint and inspected.
** In compliance with the relevant regulations and transport requirements of the relevant carrier.
*** Battery power must not exceed 100 Wh. In case of doubt regarding the transport of higher performance batteries, please contact the airline.
These are generally not recommended as these items may contain high-power lithium batteries and are considered to be valuable and fragile goods, for which the airlines bear no responsibility for damage to these items.
What goes where
Your phone, laptop and other electronic devices containing lithium batteries.
Lithium batteries and e-cigarettes are dangerous objects.
If a lithium battery is damaged or short circuited, it may ignite.
Please do not put the above items into checked baggage.
Place them in hand baggage.
4 instructions for passing through security screening
Present the following for separate inspection: laptops, large electronic devices, liquids, aerosols and gels.
Put all your outer clothing and head covers into a tray. Remove all metal and non-metallic objects from the pockets of the clothes you are wearing.
Have all your baggage ready for inspection. Place each piece of baggage onto the X-ray machine belt separately.
When passing through the checkpoint, wait for instructions given by security staff.
Detection checks inside baggage
Physical inspection is carried out under very strict security conditions. The entire procedure is documented and monitored electronically.
As part of our enhanced security measures, Prague Airport security staff perform detection checks inside selected listed pieces of baggage. Some baggage will be opened and physically inspected during this process. This procedure is in place to prevent the carrying of explosives into the cargo compartments of aircraft. Prague Airport carries out the procedure in compliance with valid EU legislation.
In order to prevent any damage to your baggage that may happen during these detection checks, please use luggage with TSA locks (they have a red diamond mark), padlocks or protective film.
When opening certain types of luggage locks (an integrated lock without a TSA-compatible marking with a red diamond), your baggage may be damaged, and it may not be possible to close and lock it again. In such cases, your baggage will be wrapped with a protective film and luggage straps with Prague Airport logos.
If the baggage is damaged, we ask passengers to contact the baggage complaints counter at their target destination, where a member of the baggage complaints staff will fill out a claim form with you. The form includes a reference number and contact details for further communication with the airline. If you want to make a later claim (e.g. you realize outside the airport premises that your baggage has been damaged), it is necessary that you contact your airline within 7 days from the conclusion of your flight and make a direct claim (in compliance with Council Regulation EC No 2027/97).
Ten ways to help pass through airport security hassle-free
Familiarize yourself with the travel requirements before you set off to the airport. If you have any doubts, contact the airline you are flying with or contact the airport information desk.
Arrive at the airport in advance with enough time to allow for smooth check-in of your baggage and subsequent security checks.
Wait calmly for your turn at the security checkpoint. Respect the corridors and always respect the instructions and orders given by the security staff. This way, you will contribute to the smooth operation of security screening.
Remove the maximum 1-liter plastic bag containing liquids, aerosols and gels from your baggage.
Remove large electronic devices (laptops, tablets, large cameras, etc.) from your baggage and place them into a plastic tray.
Place your baggage onto the X-ray machine belt.
Remove all metal and non-metallic objects from the pockets of the clothes you are wearing and put them in a plastic tray.
Place all your outer clothing (coats, jackets), head covers, belts and all metal objects in a plastic tray.
Wait for the instructions given by the security staff, and when asked, proceed through the metal detector. Accept additional check requirements calmly — they are not directed against you personally.
Your baggage and items placed in the trays will be checked in an X-ray machine. If you are asked by a member of security to open your baggage or to submit any of the checked items to an inspection, please follow their instructions. After the security check, do not forget to retrieve your baggage and all your items placed in the trays.