Security and Baggage


Information on Screening Procedures

All passengers (arriving, transfer) traveling via Istanbul Airport are required to go through the airport security screening checkpoint operated by Private Security staff to avoid any security thread.

These screening procedures are regulated by General Directorate of Civil Aviation in accordance with its security standards of National Civil Aviation Security Program and Appendix, ICAO Annex–17, ICAO Doc. 8973 and ECAC Document 30, Chapter 2.

In order to speed up the process, please consider the following instructions:

For your own safety

Be sure which items are safe to pack in your hand and hold baggage so that you can pass through the security screening check points at the Istanbul Airport without a hitch.

How to pack correctly

  • In your hand baggage you may only carry liquids in containers that hold a maximum of 100 ml.
  • Pack these containers into a re-sealable 1-liter plastic bag while at home.
  • Pack spare batteries and power banks (charging devices with a battery) in your hand baggage only. Secure batteries individually against short circuits.
  • Containers with more than 100 ml of liquids, as well as knives and scissors with blades over 6 cm in length, are only permitted in checked baggage.
  • If you are only travelling with hand baggage, you may not take these items with you on your journey.
  • Liquid medication, baby food and special foods required during the flight can be transported in containers of more than 100 ml in your hand baggage (following a check).
  • Lighters and matches may not be placed in your baggage. You may however carry a lighter or box of matches on you personally.
  • Items such as fuel paste, sparklers, fireworks, batteries with a performance of over 160 Wh, etc. are not permitted in any baggage.

Final preparations at the airport

  • Dispose of liquids of more than 100 ml in the bins provided at the airport.
  • Pack your containers of liquids of up to 100 ml into a re-sealable 1-litre plastic bag.
  • The plastic bags are provided in the waiting area before the security check

Passing Through the Security Check Quickly

Have the following items ready to place separately into the baggage trays and follow the instructions of the security staff:

  • Empty your pockets and put your purses and wallets, coins, mobile telephone and keys in the trays for X-Ray screening.
  • Take your belt, jacket, coat, blazer, etc. off in advance.
  • Display the 1-litre plastic bag(s) containing your liquid item(s )(individual containers of up to 100 ml)
  • Show liquid medication, baby food and special food item(s) of over 100 ml
  • Expose liquid tax & duty free items of over 100 ml (with purchase receipt in a sealed, ICAO-compliant bag)
  • Remove your portable computer, laptop, tablet and camera from your bag.

Bans and regulations

In the following sections you will find detailed information about prohibited items and requirements with regard to liquids, lighters, batteries, etc.

Prohibited items

  • Lighters and matches
  • Sparklers
  • Fireworks
  • Fuel paste (e.g. for fondue burner)
  • Paints/acids
  • Gas cartridges

This list is not exhaustive. For detailed information please contact your airline. 

Liquids in hand baggage

Liquids, gels, creams, sprays, etc. are only permitted in hand baggage in containers with a maximum size of 100 ml (1 dl):

  • All containers (tubes, jars, bottles) should fit easily in a transparent, re-sealable plastic bag (such as a freezer bag) with a maximum size of one liter.
  • This plastic bag should be presented for inspection at the airport security check.
  • Only one plastic bag per person is allowed. This limit also applies to children and babies.

Also permitted in containers over 100 ml in certain circumstances:

  • Liquid medicines, baby food and food for special dietary requirements in the quantity necessary for the journey.
  • Liquid tax & duty free items of over 100 ml together with the purchase receipt in a sealed, ICAO-compliant bag.

The above-mentioned liquids must be shown at the security checkpoint and undergo an additional check. They may only be taken on board the flight if they have been approved by the security staff.

No knives or scissors

All types of scissors and knifes with a blade length of more than 6 cm are not allowed in your hand baggage.

Cigarette lighters not allowed in baggage but allowed on person

Cigarette lighters are not permitted in your baggage. However, one lighter per passenger is allowed as long as it is you carry it on you.
Attention: Storm lighters (lighters with a blue flame) are generally prohibited!

Spare batteries and power banks

For security reasons you may not take any spare batteries or power banks (charging device with battery) in your checked baggage. You may take spare batteries with a performance of 160 Wh in your hand baggage, subject to the following provisions:

  • Max. two batteries, if the nominal energy of the individual battery exceeds 100 Wh.
  • Batteries must be secured individually against short circuits.

Batteries used in a device (up to max. 100 Wh) may be carried in either your hand baggage or checked baggage. Batteries with a performance of over 160 Wh are generally prohibited.

Airlines reserve the right to apply special regulations.

Self-stabilizing, electric means of transport (hover boards)

Lithium battery-powered vehicles are prohibited in both hand baggage and checked baggage. This ban does not apply to wheelchairs or other mobility aids. Please contact your airline before you travel.

Avalanche airbags

Special provisions apply to the transportation of avalanche airbags. See “FAQ – What can I carry in my baggage?”

Diving equipment

As they generate heat, diving lamps cannot be placed in hold baggage. They may be transported in your hand baggage provided that the power supply has been disconnected. Please also note that scuba tanks must be completely empty.

In order to avoid unnecessary discussions during the screening process on prohibited items, release these items into the waste bins before entering the queue.