Less liquids allowed on flights in Russia

If you’re travelling to, from or in Russia you might have to think again about the way you pack. New airport codes bringing Russia up to European security standards are now in action.

And if you’ve been to Europe or the U.S. recently you should know the drill

The regulations mainly affect a ban on carrying liquids, security will check each bag. Liquids less than 100 ml will have to be put in a plastic bag and those over that will have to be left behind.

So make sure you drink up before security checks Place valuable liquids in checked baggage.

And those who might be traveling with children or have medical needs should have no fear.  

“There are some exceptions for special dietary needs, like baby food and of course liquid medicine has been taken into consideration,” Vladimir Chertok, Deputy Head of Federal Agency of Transport, explained.  

Passengers vetting at of Sheremetyevo Airport
Passengers vetting at of Sheremetyevo Airport

The new code will also affect duty free purchases.

“Any type of liquid purchased in duty free will be placed in a sealed transparent bag and will have to remain closed until the final destination is reached. If opened before, the items will be confiscated,” Vasily Kunashev, Head of Sheremetyevo Airport Security, said. 

The regulations come a year after both the EU and U.S. imposed similar restrictions. The lines in airports got even longer.

“Understanding is necessary. These precautions involve the personal safety of each passenger,” Evgeny Bachurin, head of the Federal Air Transport Agency, comments.

But for Natalia Kosenko, a tourist from Moscow, her trip to Turkey might now have a bump in the road. She is flying charter and with no drink service on board and a very roughly estimated departure time. So she will have to spend three or even four times more on a bottle of water, while she waits in the terminal to take her required dose of medicine.

“I’m required to throw out my water and then have to buy it in duty free for an outrageous price. I don’t understand why we can’t keep water at least until the moment we board the plane?” Natalia wondered.

She said she understands the importance of the precautions but still hopes airports will find a way to deal with the uncomfortable details.

Promises have been made that special equipment in the future will be able to detect whether a liquid is hazardous in a matter of minutes.