Written by Ng Yu Hang
The guidelines on hand-carried luggage are:
- Liquids, aerosols and gels must be in containers with a maximum capacity of not more than 100ml each. Liquids, aerosols and gels in containers larger than 100ml will not be accepted, even if the container is only partially-filled;
- Containers must be placed in a transparent re-sealable plastic bag with a maximum capacity not exceeding one litre. These containers must fit comfortably within the transparent re-sealable plastic bag, which must be completely sealed;
- Each passenger is allowed to carry only one transparent re-sealable plastic bag, which must be presented separately for examination at the security screening point;
- Exemptions will be made for medications (accompanied with an original letter from certified medical practitioners), baby food and special dietary items. These items will be subjected to additional checks at the security screening point (see below).
Passengers should pack their liquid, aerosol and gel items in containers larger than 100ml, in their check-in luggage. Liquid, aerosol and gel items in containers larger than 100ml will not be allowed in hand-carried luggage and passengers have to dispose of such items before the security screening point.
Passengers who arrive at Changi Airport without such a 1-litre transparent re-sealable plastic bag can purchase it from:
Public Areas : Supermarkets located at the basement level of Terminal 1 and Terminal 2
Transit Malls : Convenience shops located at level 2 of Terminal 1 and level 3 of Terminal 2
Purchasing LAGs within the Departure Transit Lounge
Most passengers can continue to purchase liquid, aerosol and gel items, such as liquor, wine, beer, perfumes and cosmetics, at shops located within Changi Airport's Departure Transit Lounges. Such purchases will be placed in sealed tamper-evident bags provided by the shops, with the receipt clearly displayed in the sealed bags.
Singapore's implementation of the restrictions on carriage of liquids, aerosols and gels in hand-carried luggage is in line with the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) recommendation. In this regard, States that have similarly implemented ICAO's guidelines should recognise liquid, aerosol and gel items purchased at Changi Airport.
Exemptions will be made for medications, baby food and special dietary items in liquids, aerosols and gels form. In addition, hot water will be allowed for carriage in a flask if there is a baby travelling with the adult passenger. These items will be subjected to additional checks at the security screening point. For those with special dietary needs, a doctor's letter or prescription, while not mandated, would be helpful in facilitating the security screening process.
Liquids, aerosols and gels include:
- Drinks, including water and juices
- Soups and sauces
- Perfumes and deodorants (liquid or liquid-solid mixture)
- Creams, balms, lotions and oils
- Cosmetics such as mascara and lip gloss
- Pastes, including toothpaste
- Pressurised foams and sprays, including shaving foam, hairspray and spray deodorants
- Gels, including hair and shower gels
- Contact lens solution
- Any other items of similar consistency