To ensure you have a smooth check-in and journey, refer to the latest airport and airline regulations about what you can (and what you can’t) take on board the aircraft and also what you can pack in your hand and hold luggage. You will need to check with the airline you are travelling with for any specific rules that apply to them.
Malpensa International Airport luggage rules
All hand luggage and check-in luggage must carry a tag with the passenger’s name and contact details. The airport suggests that you carry valuables and essentials such as medicines and baby clothes in your hand luggage.
You are advised to check in as early as possible in accordance with the requirements set out by your airline (normally at least 2 hours prior to departure).
Each airline has their own policy regarding the amount of hand luggage you can take on their aircraft. It is strongly advised you check this information with your airline before you travel. In general, there are restrictions on weight and dimensions/size of any hand luggage. Normally this is a maximum of 5kg and bag dimensions must not exceed 55x40x20 cm.
Passengers can only carry a small quantity of liquid in the cabin of the aircraft (maximum 100ml or equivalent 100g). These containers must be carried in a transparent, sealable plastic bag that does not exceed 18 x 20 cm. This cannot be put in hand luggage; it must be carried separately.
The term liquid applies to:
- water and other drinks, soups, syrups cream, potions and oils
- perfumes and sprays
- gel, including hair and shower gels
- the contents of pressurized containers, including shaving foam, other foams and deodorants
- pastes, such as toothpaste
- mixtures of liquids
Large Electrical Items
Laptops and other electrical equipment must be removed from hand luggage and screened separately.
Medicines and Baby Foods
Passengers will be allowed to carry in their hand luggage essential medicines and baby food required during the flight. Food for special dietary requirements may also be allowed. Check with your airline before travelling for guidance. You may be asked to provide evidence that you need them for your journey.
The size and weight of your hand luggage must comply with airline rules. Please check with your airline for luggage rules before travelling. Once checked in, oversized luggage is taken to an area dedicated to handling larger than usual luggage.
If upon your arrival at Milan Malpensa Airport you discover that your luggage has been damaged in transit, passengers need to report to the lost and found office before leaving customs. There you will be informed of the steps required to obtain compensation/reimbursement from the airline.
Lost & Found
Lost or found items must be reported to the Lost and Found office (any suspicious items found should be reported to security personnel immediately).
Upon reporting a lost item, passengers are issued with a PIN number which is printed at the bottom of the claim form.
Passengers can check the status of their claim online by typing in the PIN code at www.milanomalpensa1.eu/en
Items Banned from Hand Luggage
Firearms and weapons in general
Any object which can launch a projectile or cause injury, or looks like it could, such as:
- Any type of firearm (pistols, revolvers, rifles, shotguns, etc.)
- Replica or imitation firearms
- Firearm parts (except ordinary or telescopic sights)
- Air pistols, air rifles and pellet guns
- Signal flares pistols
- Starter pistols
- Toy guns of all types
- BB guns
- Industrial bolt and nail guns
- Harpoon and spear guns
- Slaughterhouse guns
- Devices that stun or shock, such as cattle prods or laser guns
- Cigarette lighters that imitate firearms
Pointed or sharp-edged weapons or other objects
Any sharp-edged or pointed object which could cause injury, such as:
- Axes or hatchets
- Arrows or darts
- Harpoons and javelins
- Pickaxes and ice axes
- Ice skates
- Automatic knives or switchblades of any length
- Knives, including ceremonial knives, with blades longer than 6 cm, made of metal or any other material strong enough to be used as a weapon
- Open razors and blades (except safety or disposable razors with enclosed blades)
- Sabres, swords and sword canes
- Scissors with blades longer than 6 cm
- Ski or trekking poles
- Throwing stars
- Tools that may be used as stabbing or cutting weapons (drills, drill bits, razor blades, professional knives, saws, screwdrivers, crowbars, hammers, pliers, spanners, adjustable spanners, welding guns, etc.)
Any blunt instrument which can cause injury, such as:
- Baseball or softball bats
- Bars or sticks, either rigid or flexible (truncheons, bludgeons, sticks, etc.)
- Cricket bats
- Golf clubs
- Hockey sticks
- Lacrosse sticks
- Kayak and canoe oars
- Billiard cues
- Fishing rods
- Martial arts equipment (brass knuckles, clubs, truncheons, flails etc.)
Explosive and inflammable substances
Any explosive or highly inflammable substance which poses a risk to the health of passengers and crew, or to the safety of aircraft and cargo, such as:
- Blasting caps
- Detonators and fuses
- Explosives and explosive devices
- Replica explosives or replica explosive devices
- Mines or other types of military-use explosive charges
- Grenades of any kind
- Gas or gas cylinders (butane, propane, acetylene, oxygen, etc.) in large volumes
- Fireworks, flares of all kinds or pyrotechnical items (including firecrackers and fulminating toy articles)
- Non-safety matches
- Smoke-generating canisters
- Flammable liquid fuel (petrol, diesel, lighter fluid, alcohol, ethanol, etc.)
- Aerosol spray paint
- Turpentine and paint thinner
- Alcoholic beverages above 70% alcohol by volume (140% proof)
Chemical and toxic substances
Any chemical or toxic substance which poses a risk to the health of passengers and crew, or to the safety of aircraft and cargo, such as:
- Acids and alkalis (for example, wet batteries that could cause spills)
- Corrosive or whitening substances (mercury, chlorine, etc.)
- Disabling or incapacitating sprays (mace, pepper spray, tear gas, etc.)
- Radioactive material (for example, isotopes for medical or commercial use)
- Infectious materials or those that constitute a biological hazard (for example, contaminated blood, bacteria or viruses)
- Material capable of spontaneous ignition or combustion
- Fire extinguishers