Frequently asked questions

Baggage

Hand Luggage

Security Checkpoint

  • Why are aviation security inspections carried out?
    The aviation security inspections in Germany are carried out because the threat of terrorism is still classified as high.  The Aviation Security Act of Germany (LuftSiG) regulates the permissible circumstances for the inspection of people and the items they are carrying, freight, checked-in baggage and post in Section 5 and other provisions.
  • When should I go to the security checkpoint?

    Please always make your way directly to the security checkpoint after checking in. Please bear in mind that there may be waiting times there. The best thing to do is to contact your airline in advance for information about current departure times and security checkpoint waiting times.

  • I have a heart pacemaker/metal implants. What precautions must I take during the security inspection?

    If you have a heart pacemaker, shunt or valve, notify the personnel in charge at the checkpoint before walking through the gateway.

    If the metal detector triggers an alarm, you will be inspected manually using a hand-held detector so that the object triggering the alarm can be identified. In addition, all parts of your body will be patted down.

  • Is a body scanner used for inspections in Berlin?
    At this time, body scanners are not in use at the security checkpoints. An electronic gateway and, as necessary, hand-held detectors are used for the inspection.
  • Who is responsible for the security checkpoints?
    The security inspections are conducted by a security service on behalf and under the supervision of the German federal police.
  • How can I prepare for the security inspection?

    Read the following remarks about the security inspection procedure carefully.

     

    Hand luggage inspection:

    Place your hand luggage flat on the screening device conveyor belt for inspection.

    Place all metal objects which could trigger the metal detector alarm (wristwatch, belt buckle, keys, mobile phone, coins, etc.) in the provided trays. Put your jacket or coat, your properly packed and closed plastic bag of liquids and your laptop, removed from the laptop bag, in the trays. The security personnel may also request that you take off your shoes so that they can be screened as well.

    You can speed up the hand luggage inspection and help to avoid waiting times if you have the above-mentioned objects ready for inspection before you reach the checkpoint. Remember to observe the regulations regarding liquids and carry any liquids you have with you in a separate plastic bag. 

    If an object cannot be clearly identified during the screening, it will be necessary to inspect your hand luggage in your presence. The luggage will be opened and the questionable object identified. You may be asked to remove this item from your luggage and show it to the personnel.

    You may possibly be requested to turn on cameras, laptops and other electronic devices briefly to prove that they are functioning devices.

     

    Personal inspection:

    After placing your hand luggage and all of the required objects on the screening device conveyor built, wait for personnel to signal or ask you to walk through a gateway.

    If you have a heart pacemaker, shunt or valve, notify the personnel in charge at the checkpoint before walking through the gateway.

    If the metal detector triggers an alarm, you will be inspected using a hand-held detector so that the object triggering the alarm can be identified. In addition, all parts of your body will be patted down.

    If necessary, the inspection will be carried out in an closed cabin to protect your privacy. Talk to the personnel at the checkpoint in this case.

  • What additional regulations must I observe when flying to the USA or Israel?

    When you fly to the USA or Israel, you will have a second security inspection outside the waiting area of your gate. In addition to the procedures described above, you will be required to take off your shoes so they can pass through the scanning device. A seat is available so that you can easily put your shoes back on.

    There will be another body inspection as well.

    We recommend that you proceed immediately to your gate after going through the first security checkpoint when flying to the USA or Israel so that you have enough time for the second security inspection.

  • What happens to items which must be left behind at the security checkpoint?
    The items left behind at the security checkpoint will be disposed of. It is not possible for the items to be sent to you. In addition, neither the German federal police nor the airport operator assume any liability for items which must be left.
  • I do not wish to be inspected in a public area for religious or other personal reasons. Is it possible to have the inspection in an area not visible to the public?
    At your request, the security inspection can be conducted in a special cabin provided for this purpose.
  • Why is there an aviation security fee and what does it cover?

    Fees are charged for the inspection of passengers and their baggage at airports as part of the precautions to prevent attacks on the security of air travel (Section 5 German Aviation Security Act, LuftSiG).

    The legitimation of the fee is provided in the Aviation Security Fee Schedule (LuftSiGebV). This fee is charged by the German federal police and collected directly from the airlines. The fee is charged on  a per passenger basis and is included in the total price of the air fare.

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