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Passenger and Cabin Baggage Security Screening

At security screening, please remove large electronic devices and plastic bags with liquids, aerosols, and gels from your baggage and place them in the provided trays.

Please also remove and place in the provided trays or your cabin baggage your top layer of clothing (coats, jackets, winter jackets), head covering, belts, watches, the contents of your pockets, and all other items as per the security screening officer’s instructions.

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Transporting Liquids, Aerosols, and Gels

Liquids, aerosols, and gels may be transported in cabin baggage on the following conditions:  

  • In containers with a maximum capacity of 100 ml/g
  • Placed in a re-sealable transparent plastic bag with a maximum content of 1 litre
  • If removed from the cabin baggage prior to X-ray check to be presented separately for security screening

Liquids, aerosols, and gels include, alongside cosmetics in liquid and gel form, cosmetic sprays and some food. In case of uncertainty, please check the list of items most frequently questioned regarding cabin baggage transport.

Medicine and Special Nutrition, Baby Formula and Baby Food

Liquids, aerosols, and gels can be transported without limitations on size and the number of individual containers on the following conditions:

  • If your medical condition requires access to medicine and/or special nutrition, reasonable quantities may be transported.  It is recommended to always carry a prescription or doctor’s note. 
  • If you are travelling with an infant or a child, you may transport baby food and drinks in the amount needed for the duration of the trip.
  • Liquids, aerosols, and gels transported for the above reasons must also be removed from the cabin baggage prior to X-ray check to be presented separately for security screening.

Items presented in intact Security Tamper-Evident Bags (STEBs) from airport shops and contact lens solutions are also permitted for transport.

Electronics, batteries, power banks, and e-cigarettes

 

Please transport all electronic devices, power banks, e-cigarettes, and other devices with lithium batteries in cabin baggage only. If a lithium battery gets damaged or short-circuits, it may ignite.  Therefore, battery transport is only permitted in the aircraft cabin. Never place lithium-powered devices or spare lithium batteries in checked baggage.

The battery power must not exceed 100Wh. Please consult the transport options for batteries with higher power with your airlines.

Large electronic devices (laptops, tablets, e-readers, power banks, cameras) must be removed from the cabin baggage prior to X-ray check to be presented separately for security screening.

 

Useful Information and Security Screening Tips
  • Review the aviation security standards before you start packing. Different rules apply to cabin and checked baggage.
  • Arrive at the security screening point allowing enough time for smooth passage. At peak times, waiting times may be longer than expected. In case of extraordinary security measures, passenger check-in may be temporarily disrupted.
  • When packing your cabin baggage, please bear in mind that at security screening you will have to remove large electronic devices and the bag with liquids, aerosols, and gels.
  • You may carry an empty drinking bottle through the security screening point. There are dozens of water fountains throughout the airport where it can be re-filled.  
  • Full-body scanners are used at our airport for passenger security screening. This type of screening is comfortable, fast, and safe. More information is available here.
  • In case manual search of your person is required, you can request it is performed away from other passengers.  
  • If you are dissatisfied with the course of security screening, you can contact the manager present at each security screening point.

 

Baggage storage: 
Did any of your items not pass the security screening? You can store them at our baggage storage and collect them when you return to Prague. For more information, please contact the security control staff. The storage of items is regulated by the storage regulations and the pricelist of the Baggage Storage.

 

Items Banned from Transport on Passengers and in Cabin Baggage

Passengers may not transport either on their person or in their cabin baggage the following items: 

  • All firearms and other devices that launch projectiles
    • All types of firearms and pistols (including toy imitation guns), bows, harpoons, and slingshots
  • Paralysing devices
    • Stun guns, tasers, animal stunning and killing devices, paralysing and incapacitating chemicals, and defensive sprays
  • Pointed / edged objects
    • Axes, hatchets, cleavers, cutters, razors, swords, sabres, knives and scissors with blades longer than 6cm, and corkscrews longer than 6cm
  • Work tools
    • Crowbars, drill bits, drills, saws, soldering lamps, nail guns, edged tools, and screwdrivers longer than 6cm
  • Blunt objects
    • Baseball and softball bats, batons, truncheons, clubs, and martial arts equipment
  • Explosives and incendiary substances and devices
    • Grenades, mines, incendiary and explosive devices and their imitations, detonating fuses, detonators, ammunition, smoke bombs, fireworks, and pyrotechnic products
    • This category also includes sparklers, refill lighter fluids, gas cartridges, etc.

 

In case of uncertainty, please check the list of items

Most frequently questioned regarding baggage or Comprehensive list of prohibited items

It is the unconditional right of the security screening personnel to declare as prohibited additional items not listed above but raising legitimate suspicion of posing a threat to the safety of civil aviation.

Checked Baggage Inspection

Electronics, batteries, power banks, and e-cigarettes
  • Please transport power banks, laptops, tablets, mobile phones, e-cigarettes and other lithium-battery-powered devices in cabin baggage only. If a lithium battery gets damaged or short-circuits, it may ignite.  Therefore, battery transport is only permitted in the aircraft cabin. Never place lithium-powered devices or spare lithium batteries in checked baggage
  • The battery power must not exceed 100Wh. Please consult the transport options for batteries with higher power with your airlines.
Items Banned from Transport in Checked Baggage

In checked baggage, it is forbidden to transport:

  • Explosives and incendiary substances and devices
    • Grenades, mines, incendiary and explosive devices and their imitations, detonating fuses, detonators, ammunition, smoke bombs, fireworks, and pyrotechnic products
    • This category also includes sparklers, refill lighter fluids, gas cartridges, etc.
Physical Inspection of Checked Baggage Content

To eliminate the presence of explosive substances in checked baggage, security screening officers may open and physically control the content of checked baggage without the presence of the passenger. Prague Airport follows this process in line with EU legislation.  

After the inspection, a note confirming the performed physical security check is inserted into the baggage, and the screened baggage is shrink-wrapped and secured with Prague Airport-branded adhesive straps.  

To prevent damage to your checked baggage during the detection control, we recommend using baggage with TSA locks (marked with a red diamond sign) or Safe Skies padlocks (marked with a burning torch symbol).  

With other forms of safety measures in place (integrated locks without TSA or Safe Skies systems), baggage may be damaged during its opening, and it may become impossible to close and lock it again. In such cases, in addition to the shrink wrap, the baggage will also be secured with Prague Airport-branded safety straps.

In the case of damaged baggage, please contact the baggage claims desk at your final destination and request the agent fills in a Damage Property Report (DPR) containing a case reference number and contact details for follow-up communication with the airline. Retrospective claims (e.g., to report damages noted after leaving the airport), need to be made directly to your operating airline within seven days from the flight as direct claims (in line with the EU Council Directive No. 2027/97).

Physical inspections of the checked baggage content are performed under extremely strict safety measures. The entire procedure is documented and monitored. Security screening officers may not remove items from the baggage without passenger’s content.