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 Security and Baggage

Information on Security and Baggage Screening Practices

All departing and transfer passengers traveling via Istanbul Airport and their baggage are scanned at security checkpoints to prevent prohibited items from letting inside the security restricted areas and aircraft.

The scanning methods carried out at the security check-points are conducted in accordance with the standards set out in the National Civil Aviation Security Program and its revisions, and the Istanbul Airport Security Program and its revision, as published by the Civil Aviation Directorate General, the Decisions of the Istanbul Airport Security Commission and the recommendations of international organizations, such as the ICAO and the ECAC.

Please consider the following explanations to fasten the security checkpoint processes.

Things You Should Consider When Passing Through the Terminal Entrance Security Checkpoint;

  • Do not hurry at security checkpoints.
  • Complying with the information and directions provided by the personnel at security checkpoints will facilitate your safe and fast passage.
  • Leave the items which can trigger the door detector's alarm (mobile phone, keys, coins, etc.) into plastic trays for X-ray device control.
  • Take off your belt, jacket, coat, blazer etc. at the X-Ray machine preparation table and place them in plastic trays.
  • Take laptops, cameras and large electronic devices out of their cases and place them in separate plastic trays.
  • There is no restriction on liquids (except dangerous liquids) at terminal entrances security checkpoints.
  • Make sure to take all your belongings before leaving the X-Ray device area.

Things You Should Consider When Passing Through Airside Security Checkpoints of Domestic and International Departure Areas;

  • Have passenger boarding pass (Boarding card) ready,
  • Do not hurry at security checkpoints.
  • Complying with the information and directions provided by the personnel at security checkpoints will facilitate your safe and fast passage.
  • Make sure that your cabin baggage does not contain liquids that are not in compliance with liquid restrictions.
  • Leave the items which can trigger the door detector's alarm (mobile phone, keys, coins, etc.) into plastic trays for X-ray device control.
  • Take off your belt, jacket, coat, blazer etc. at the X-Ray machine preparation table and place them in plastic trays.
  • Take laptops, cameras and large electronic devices out of their cases and place them in separate plastic trays.
  • Take the 1-liter transparent re-sealable bag enclosing containers with liquids (each up to 100 ml) out of your bag and place it in a separate plastic tray.
  • Make sure to take all your belongings before leaving the X-Ray device area.

Additional Information;

  • Walk through metal detectors/hand-held metal detectors pose no threat to our pregnant passengers. In case of doubt, you can ask for alternative search methods from the security officers without using the walk thorough metal detector.
  • Our guests who use wheelchairs and cardiac pacemakers will be checked using alternative search methods.
  • Our guests who have visible/invisible disabilities should notify the personnel on duty at the control point prior to the security check.
  • If you do not comply with the security checkpoint rules, you may not be allowed to pass through the security checkpoint.
  • Please contact the airline operator you are traveling with for detailed information related to lighters, batteries, etc., which are among the Items Prohibited in the Cabin, Security Restricted Areas, and the Flight Hold.
  • Items classified as prohibited at the security check-points include only the most common items and have only been specified for the purposes of giving a general idea. Potential items that are not on this list but can be used as weapons are also not permitted.

1. Firearms, other weapons and their components
2. Pointed/Sharp-pointed/Piercing weapons and items
3. Non-sharp/pointed weapons/objects/items
4. Explosives, Explosive Devices and their components
5. Flammable and combustible liquids and gases
6. Nucleear, Biological, Chemical (NBC) and Hazardous/Toxicant Substances
7. Prohibited Liquids/Aerosols/Gels (exceeding 100 ml and not in a 1-liter bag)
8. List of Prohibited Items in Checked Baggage
a) Fuses and Detonators
b) Any kind of Explosive Devices
c) Any explosives
1) Dynamites
2) Gun powder
3) Plastic explosives etc.
d) Mines
d. Hand grenade
e. Fireworks, sparklers and pyrotechnical materials
f. Explosive capsules
g. Military Ammunition
ğ. Smoke producing cans and cartridges
h. High-risk flammable and combustibles
i. CBRN-RNBC (radiological, nuclear, chemical, biological) materials except for medical use

  • Certain items may be specified as "prohibited items", in line with the decisions of the airport security commission.
  • The Airline operator you are traveling with may refuse to carry items listed as "Prohibited" or any other items which are not included in this list on their aircraft.
  • Due to flight security, it is forbidden to carry lithium battery-operated personal vehicles such as hoverboards, mini-Segways, solowheels, airwheels, balance wheels etc. as cabin or checked (hold/registered) baggage.
  • According to International and National Legislations, firearms and other weapons, their components and ammunition must be submitted at the weapon submission desk located near the terminal entrance to the airline company with the necessary documentation. These items may not be carried unless submitted.
  • Please contact the airline you are travelling with if you intend to carry such items.

Hand Baggage (Cabin Baggage) Preparation

Certain items may not be carried either in the cabin or in the hold, or may only be carried in limited amounts, for the purposes of flight safety. For this reason, you should contact before your flight with the airline operator you are traveling with for any security practices that may change.

LIQUID/AEROSOL/GEL (LAGs) RESTRICTIONS

In line with National and International regulations, as of April 1st, 2012, passengers can carry Liquids, Aerosols, Gels (LAGs) in their hand bagge (in cabin) enclosed in maximum 100 ml containers all placed in a single 1-liter re-sealable bag on all flights (Domestic - International). The checked baggage (to be carried in the plane hold) is excluded from this restiction.
The items set out below are included within the scope of liquids, aerosols or gels.

  • All liquids such as water, syrups, beverages, perfumes, lotions, contact lens disinfectants, all liquids/liquid medicines and infant formulas
  • Creams, oils (inc. cosmetic oils), all cosmetics (except solid cosmetics) / shaving foams, shaving gels, hair care products such as hair gels
  • Non-solid food such as jam, honey, yogurt, molasses and pastes
  • Shampoos, hair conditioners/aerosols and spray/deodorants, sprays
  • All pastes and paste-like products including toothpaste (hair sprays, etc.)
  • Other sprayed liquid products (paint, etc.)
  • Other items similar to those set out above.

While preparing your baggage, if there are any, we recommend putting your Liquid, Aerosol, Gel (LAGs) products into your Check-in (hold) baggage. Otherwise, items except for Liquids, Aerosols, Gels (LAG's) allowed to be carried in your hand-baggage will not be allowed to pass through security checkpoints.

Specifications and Packaging of 1-Liter Re-sealable Bag:

You can carry liquids, gels, aerosols of a maximum of 100 ml of volume per item in a single 1-liter re-sealable bag in your cabin baggage. Each passenger can only carry 1 bag and you can use 1-liter re-sealable refrigerator bags in your flight.

 
 
 

Exceptions to Liquid Restrictions

In the following cases, Liquid-Aerosol-Gel items (LAGs) can be carried in the cabin with the passenger after the necessary security checks are completed.

a) Medications:Medications can be carried with the passenger on the condition that they are in their original packaging and a prescription written to the identity of the passenger and a medical report stating that the passenger should use these medications are submitted.

b) Infant formulas: Passengers can take with them enough infant formula for the duration of the journey, provided the baby is also traveling on the plane.

c) Items Purchased from Duty-Free Shops: Liquid-Aerosol-Gel items (LAGs) purchased from airport duty free shops or purchased on the airplane are placed in a special sealed (tamper-evident) bag. Please do not open these bags (Steb) until you pass the security checkpoint. Otherwise, Liquids-Aerosols-Gel items (LAGs) inside the bag will not be allowed to pass through security checkpoints.

 

If you are going to your destination by transferring at another airport, it is important that you do not open the special duty-free shopping bag provided in the store or on the plane until you reach your final destination. You can learn detailed information about liquid restriction practices of the transfer airport from your airline operator.

List of Prohibited Items in Hold Baggage or Subject to Permission by the Airline Operator

Prohibited items are defined as objects that are objectionable to be kept in the aircraft cabin, aircraft hold, or in security restricted parts areas of airports in terms of aviation security. In accordance with the National Civil Aviation Security Program published by Republic of Turkey's General Directorate of Civil Aviation of the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, when any item prohibited to be in Checked Baggage is detected as a result of security screening or scanning, the registered baggage in question will be broken in if it is locked by the police, private security guards, or by customs personnel or the airline operator/their representative for international flights, without the passenger being in present and with a camera connected to the CCTV system recording the process.

If you want to bring bulky items such as ski equipment, diving equipment, etc., please contact your airline operator to ask if bulky items such as ski equipment, strollers, parasols, wheelchairs, surfboards, sailboats, fishing poles, diving equipment, backpacks, golf bags, bicycles, musical instruments are subject to any special conditions or regulations.

Lithium Batteries;

All spare/waste batteries, including portable lithium metal or lithium-ion batteries must be carried inside the cabin baggage only.
These batteries must be individually protected to prevent short circuits.
Backup batteries are to be separately packed to prevent short circuits; if such packaging is not possible, it should be placed in a protective plastic bag when being brought to the plane, and -Each battery's

a) lithium content should not exceed 2 grams if it is a lithium metal battery
b) capacity should not exceed the 100 Wh limit if it is a lithium-ion battery. Lithium-ion batteries are only allowed to be carried in the cabin and their transport in cargo holds are prohibited.

Electronic Cigarettes:

E-cigarettes are prohibited to be transported in the aircraft cargo (aircraft hold) section and are only allowed on person or in the hand baggage accompanying the passenger.

UAVs used for hobby purposes:

The only factor that may pose a danger in carrying the UAVs in the cabin is the type and capacity of the batteries that they contain. Within the limitations of electronic devices containing lithium batteries specified in ICAO Doc.9284 Technical Instructions, there is no harm in carrying UAVs containing batteries in the cabin. UAVs can be transported without their batteries in aircraft cargo sections. Their batteries are to be carried in the cabin baggage in line with the stated rules and regulations.