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:
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.
Have the following items ready to place separately into the baggage trays and follow the instructions of the security staff:
In the following sections you will find detailed information about prohibited items and requirements with regard to liquids, lighters, batteries, etc.
This list is not exhaustive. For detailed information please contact your airline.
Liquids, gels, creams, sprays, etc. are only permitted in hand baggage in containers with a maximum size of 100 ml (1 dl):
Also permitted in containers over 100 ml in certain circumstances:
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.
All types of scissors and knifes with a blade length of more than 6 cm are not allowed in your hand baggage.
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!
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:
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.
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.
Special provisions apply to the transportation of avalanche airbags. See “FAQ – What can I carry in my baggage?”
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.