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;
Things You Should Consider When Passing Through Airside Security Checkpoints of Domestic and International Departure Areas;
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
2) Gun powder
3) Plastic explosives etc.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.