Tips for air travel

You have to comply with the instructions of the air carrier and restrictions for carrying cabin baggage on flights

Cabin and hold baggage, live animals, dangerous substances and prohibited items  

All passengers and their cabin and hold baggage must be screened before entry into security restricted areas of the airport. When live animals are allowed in the cabin of an aircraft, they are screened either as a passenger or as cabin baggage.

Screenings will be carried out at designated points by hand search or through technical means and/or a combination of those methods.

The primary aim of screenings is to identify and prevent the introduction of prohibited items into the security restricted area and the aircraft, i.e. possible unlawful interference.

You can check which items are not allowed to be carried on board an aircraft on the List of Prohibited Items drawn up by the Croatian Civil Aviation Agency. Check with your air carrier if you are not sure whether or not certain items/substances are allowed for transport.

Screening of passengers can also be carried out separately. Passengers with reduced mobility, passengers with medical prostheses, passengers with pacemakers and pregnant women may request separate screening.

Devices used for screening do not cause damage to electronic devices (laptops, camcorders, tablets, mobile phones, etc.) or camera film, and have no effect on food safety.

Liquids, aerosols and gels (LAG)  

For safety reasons, a set of special rules is laid down and applied in practice in relation to the transport of liquids in passengers’ cabin baggage.

Air carriers and airports are obligated to provide passengers with adequate information regarding the screening of liquids, aerosols and gels at the airport.

Liquids include: gels, pastes, lotions, liquid/solid mixtures, toothpaste, hair gel, drinks, syrups, soups, perfume, contents of pressurised containers, such as shaving foam, deodorants and other similar items.
Before a security screening, all liquids, aerosols and gels need to be removed from cabin baggage and screened separately.
In cabin baggage, liquids, aerosols and gels are carried in individual containers with a volume of not more than 100 ml or equivalent, which are stored in a single resealable transparent plastic bag of up to one litre capacity, provided that the plastic bag is not overfilled and is completely closed.

Due to objective needs and in order to facilitate air passenger travel, certain exemptions have been introduced with respect to the inspection of liquids, aerosols and gels that are used for medical purposes or due to special dietary requirements, including baby food during travel and liquids, aerosols and gels purchased at the airport or in the aircraft and packaged in sealed transparent plastic bags (STEB) in which the proof of purchase (receipt) is visible.

Useful recommendations

Passengers can also significantly contribute to a faster and easier screening. How?
  1. Prepare for your trip in time and find out which items/substances are prohibited for transport or are transported under specific conditions.
  2. In your cabin and/or hold baggage pack only those items/substances that are in compliance with the List of Prohibited Items and rules on liquids and dangerous goods – in order not to risk a potential ban or seizure.
  3. Make sure to get to the airport on time in order to avoid potential delays and stress during the departure procedure.
  4. If you are carrying firearms, report it to the check-in personnel.
  5. When preparing for the screening of passengers and cabin baggage, store metal jewellery, watches, coins, mobile phones and similar items that you are carrying on your person or in your pockets in the cabin baggage in order not to misplace or forget them, or place them in the plastic tray used for items screened by x-ray devices.
  6. In order to prepare for the security screening of passengers and cabin baggage, separate all liquids, aerosols and gels from the cabin baggage and place them in plastic containers for security screening.
  7. When preparing for the screening of passengers and cabin baggage, remove laptops and other larger electronic devices (such as game consoles, digital cameras and camcorders) from the cabin baggage and place them in the plastic tray for separate screening.
  8. Take off your coat and/or jacket and place them in the plastic tray so that they can be screened as separate cabin baggage items.
  9. If requested by screening staff, be prepared to remove your belt and/or take off your shoes and to place them in the plastic tray so that they can be screened as separate cabin baggage items.
  10. Follow other instructions given by screening staff.