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Shopping Regulations Explained

What you need to know

EU regulations & shopping

Passenger update: Liquid, gel and paste purchases at EU airports.

On November 6, 2006, a number of new Security regulations became effective at all EU airports.

Shopping at The Loop remains largely unaffected and no limit applies to items purchased in the shops located after security check. Some exceptions apply regarding the packing of liquid, gel and paste purchases to transfer passengers and same-day return passengers.

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Please see details below:

Transfer passengers and same-day return passengers

  • Goods bought by transfer passengers or by passengers on the outward leg of a same-day return journey will be placed in sealed bags which will be recognised as secure within all EU (and EEA) airports.
  • All liquid, gel and paste purchases will be placed in a clear plastic travel value bag and sealed at the point of purchase. The receipt must remain clearly visible. This bag must not be opened until final destination is reached. Opening or tampering with this sealed bag may result in confiscation at security check.

Passengers not returning on the same-day

  • Passengers not returning on the same-day need to check liquid/gel items over 100ml into hold baggage

As of January 31, 2014, passengers traveling internationally into the USA and connecting to another flight are allowed to have in their carry-on baggage liquids in excess of 3.4 ounces (100 ml) that were purchased as duty-free merchandise.

This only applies to products purchased in duty-free stores, placed in an intact designated secure tamper-evident bag, and successfully screened and cleared by TSA officers.  Scanning may not be effective for liquids in opaque, ceramic, or metallic bottles, or other containers. Liquids that cannot be screened and cleared will not be allowed to remain in carry-on baggage. Customers may choose to place these items into checked baggage or throw them away."

However, all liquids must be placed in secure tamper-evident bags for passengers entering the U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection area as liquids are subject to testing if not contained in these bags.

For those transferring through the USA who may be changing terminals and have to go back through security screening at their transfer airport:

  • Bottles which are non-fully transparent i.e., opaque, black or frosted are at risk of confiscation... (Baileys, Guinness, Coole Swan etc.) Passengers are advised if this is the case to put them in check in luggage if they get access to this at their transfer destination.

If you have any queries or concerns please contact a retail staff member who are fully briefed on all travel regulations.