Cabin Baggage Rules

Safety and Security is paramount at Gibraltar International Airport, and we follow strict guidelines enforced at airports worldwide.  To ensure your journey through security is easy there are some things you can do to help us along your journey.

Cabin Baggage Airline Allowances

Check with your airline with regards to pieces and dimensions of cabin baggage that you can take inside the aircraft cabin. Aircraft sizes vary and therefore there may be different restrictions in place.

Once at the airport, allow plenty of time for security screening. 

Baggage Screening

All cabin baggage will require screening by X-ray machines, with specific items having to be removed from your cabin baggage for separate screening. The following procedure applies when going through the security check:

  • Place laptops and large electrical items separately in the trays provided.
  • Any coins, keys, mobile phones or other small items in your pockets must be placed in your coat or cabin baggage.
  • Items such as belts should also be removed.                
  • Remove any liquid items from your cabin baggage (see information below) and place them into a tray.
  • Place your cabin baggage and coats into a tray.
  • You may also be asked to remove your shoes.
  • For those passengers with wheelchairs, pushchairs or walking aids, these will be X-ray screened or thoroughly searched.

Please follow the instructions of Gibraltar Airport security staff at all times.

Lithium Batteries and other dangerous goods

Please click to watch the video below on lithium batteries and other dangerous goods for carriage on aircraft.



Liquids in Cabin Baggage

There are restrictions on the amounts and size of liquids that you can take in your cabin baggage.  If unsure, and you can, pack all your liquids in your hold baggage (checked-in baggage).  This will ensure a quicker journey through security.

Liquids include:

  • All drinks, including water, soup and syrups.
  • Cosmetics and toiletries, including creams, lotions, oils, perfumes, mascara and lipsticks.
  • Sprays, including shaving foam, hairspray and spray deodorants.
  • Pastes, including toothpaste.
  • Gels, including hair and shower gel.
  • Contact lens solution.
  • Any other solutions and items of similar consistency.

If you do take liquids into your cabin luggage:

  • Containers must hold no more than 100ml and should be presented in a re-sealable plastic bag measuring no more than 20cm x 20cm.
  • Plastic bags will be limited to 1 per person and will be screened separately at security (remove from your cabin baggage).
  • Liquids in containers larger than 100ml will not be allowed through security even if the container is only part full.
  • If airport security staff consider an item as dangerous (even if it normally allowed in hand baggage), then it won’t be allowed through.

Other common items that can be carried in your cabin luggage but for which some rules include:

Travelling With Duty Free Liquids 

  • Duty free liquids purchased from any airport or airline may be carried as hand luggage.  Any duty free liquid and receipt must be sealed at the time of purchase inside a security bag with a red border and must not be opened until you arrive at your final destination.
  • If you have a connecting flight, security staff may need to open the security bag for screening.  
  • If this is the case then please alert the security officer so your duty free liquids may be re-sealed in a new security bag. 
  • For further information on these new rules for duty free please download a copy of our leaflet.


You can only carry one lighter on board and it should be put inside a plastic bag for liquids for X-ray screening.  It must be kept on your person throughout the flight and must not be returned to your hand baggage after screening. Lighters must never be placed in your hold baggage.

Baby Food and Baby Milk

When travelling with a baby you are allowed to take enough baby food, baby milk and sterilised water for the journey. 

In some cases this may be in containers over 100ml, but the adult carrying the baby food or milk may be asked by security staff to taste some or all of it.

Essential Medicines and Medical Equipment

You are allowed to carry essential medicines of more than 100ml in your cabin baggage but you will need:

a) Approval from the airline and departure airport before your journey

b) Supporting documentation from a relevant medical professional such as a letter from your doctor or a copy of your prescription

You can take medical equipment with you if it is essential for your journey. As with medicines, you must show documentation from a relevant medical professional.

Electronic Devices and Electrical Items

Most items are allowed although there are restrictions, such as with mobile phones, as to when they can be used on board an aircraft.

After Security

You can take aboard the aircraft any liquids you buy from airport shops after passing through security including bottled water, soft drinks, wines, spirits, fragrances and cosmetics of any size.

Please be aware that if your carrier has strict cabin luggage rules you may have to place any purchases inside your permitted cabin luggage allowance.

Hold (Checked-in baggage)

We advise you to pack all you can in your hold baggage (bags you check-in). In this way, you will have less to carry through the terminal and your time through security will be quicker and easier. There are also items that you can carry in your hold baggage that you cannot carry in cabin baggage. Please note that the following items are prohibited and cannot be carried either in hold or hand baggage:

  • Oxidisers and organic peroxides, including bleach and car body repair kits
  • Acids and alkalis (e.g. spillable ‘wet’ batteries)
  • Corrosives or bleaching agents (including mercury and chlorine)
  • Vehicle batteries and fuel systems
  • Self-defence/disabling sprays (e.g. mace, pepper spray)
  • Radioactive materials (including medicinal or commercial isotopes)
  • Poisons or toxic substances (e.g. infected blood, bacteria, viruses)
  • Materials that could spontaneously combust (burst into flames)
  • Fire extinguishers

Please note that all the information included on this page must be used as a guideline and may vary as required.