Airport security

Security procedures at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport.
Information on liquids, banned and restricted baggage items on board aircraft.


Security checks

All passengers must clear security control, pass through a metal detector before entering the departure lounge.
All hand luggage will be X-ray screened.

Items which do not comply with security regulations will be confiscated at the security checkpoint.

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Before checking in for your flight
• Only pack essentials in your hand baggage, place only valuables and items required for the flight.
• Make sure you are not carrying bags belonging to other people, any items that do not belong to you
• Make sure that you haven’t packed any prohibited items before checking in.
• Make sure your electronic devices are charged. If they don’t switch on, you may not be allowed to take them on to the aircraft.

Steps in order to minimize time at security checkpoints
• Ready your boarding pass.
Place laptops and large electrical items separately in a tray.
• Put coins, keys, mobile phones and other small items in your coat or hand baggage.
• Place your hand baggage and coat into a tray.
• Place any liquid items correctly bagged, into the tray.
• Passengers with reduced mobility due to disability or age have to notify the security staff.


Liquids in Hand luggage

Liquids, creams, gels, pastes and aerosols are only permitted in containers with a maximum size of 100 ml. each.

Note that all liquids must be taken out of your hand baggage before going through security screening.
• One transparent sealable plastic bag (max. size of 1 litre) per person, able to close properly with all the items inside.
• Liquid products of more than 100 ml. must be carried in your checked baggage.

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The following are treated as liquids
Water and other drinks ; soups ; syrups ; perfumes ; gels, including hair gels and shower gels ; pastes,
including toothpaste ; mascara ; creams ; lotions and oils ; sprays ; contents of pressurized containers, 
including shaving foam ;
other foams ; deodorants ; liquid-solid mixtures ; other item of similar consistency.

Exceptions
• Baby food or baby milk.
• Liquid medicines with evidence that you need medicines for your journey.
• Duty-free liquids carried in a sealed security bag with proof of purchase (see below).


Airport, in-flight shopping
Anything you buy after security control can be taken on board the aircraft, including liquids and cosmetics in sizes over 100 ml.

Note for connecting passengers
If you purchased liquids (containers of more than 100 ml) at the airport or during your flight :
• Your duty free liquid and receipt must be sealed at the time of purchase inside a security bag.
• Do not open the security bag until you arrive at your final destination.


Items prohibited in Hand luggage

Passengers are not permitted to carry the following articles into security restricted areas and on board an aircraft :

Guns, firearms and other devices that discharge projectiles
— Devices capable, or appearing capable, of being used to cause serious injury by discharging a projectile, including :

• Firearms of all types, such as pistols, revolvers, rifles, shotguns
• Toy guns, replicas and imitation firearms capable of being mistaken for real weapons
• Component parts of firearms, excluding telescopic sights
• Compressed air and CO2 guns, such as pistols, pellet guns, rifles and ball bearing guns
• Signal flare pistols and starter pistols
• Bows, cross bows and arrows
• Harpoon guns and spear guns
• Slingshots and catapults


Stunning devices
— Devices designed specifically to stun or immobilise, including :

• Devices for shocking, such as stun guns, tasers and stun batons
• Animal stunners and animal killers
• Disabling and incapacitating chemicals, gases and sprays, such as mace, pepper sprays, capsicum sprays, tear gas, acid sprays


Objects with a sharp point or sharp edge
— Objects with a sharp point or sharp edge capable of being used to cause serious injury, including :

• Items designed for chopping, such as axes, hatchets and cleavers
• Ice axes and ice picks
• Razor blades
• Box cutters
• Knives with blades of more than 6 cm

• Scissors with blades of more than 6 cm as measured from the fulcrum
• Martial arts equipment with a sharp point or sharp edge
• Swords and sabres


Workmen’s tools
— Tools capable of being used either to cause serious injury or to threaten the safety of aircraft, including :

• Crowbars
• Drills and drill bits, including cordless portable power drills
• Tools with a blade or a shaft of more than 6 cm capable of use as a weapon, such as screwdrivers and chisels
• Saws, including cordless portable power saws
• Blowtorches
• Bolt guns and nail guns


Blunt instruments
— Objects capable of being used to cause serious injury when used to hit, including :

• Baseball and softball bats
• Clubs and batons, such as billy clubs, blackjacks and night sticks
• Martial arts equipment


Explosives and incendiary substances and devices
— Explosives and incendiary substances and devices capable, or appearing capable, of being used to cause serious injury
or to pose a threat to the safety of aircraft, including :

• Ammunition
• Blasting caps
• Detonators and fuses
• Replica or imitation explosive devices
• Mines, grenades and other explosive military stores
• Fireworks and other pyrotechnics
• Smoke-generating canisters and smoke-generating cartridges
• Dynamite, gunpowder and plastic explosives


Items prohibited in Hold luggage

Passengers are not permitted to carry the following articles in their hold baggage :

Explosives and incendiary substances and devices
— Explosives and incendiary substances and devices capable of being used to cause serious injury
or to pose a threat to the safety of aircraft, including :

• Ammunition
• Blasting caps
• Detonators and fuses
• Mines, grenades and other explosive military stores
• Fireworks and other pyrotechnics
• Smoke-generating canisters and smoke-generating cartridges
• Dynamite, gunpowder and plastic explosives