All you need to know about how to pack and prepare your luggage.
Checking-in of oversized baggage
Specific packaging is available for purchase for oversized baggage, including prams and bicycles either with the airline at the airport. Check also with your airline if there are any additional costs for taking oversized baggage.
How to attach the baggage tag
When you check in at the self-service machines, a baggage tag is printed out which you must attach yourself in the following way: Attach the tag in a tear-shaped loop around the handle with the bar code facing outwards. This ensures that the tag remains in place, and the bar code can be read regardless of which end of the tag faces upwards.
Check with your airline how much hand baggage you can take with you on board.
Remove or tie any straps, strings or belts on your baggage before you check in to reduce the risk of them getting caught during the sorting process. Hard-sided baggage should not have any extra straps around it because they can slide off, and get caught during transportation.
Name and address label on both the inside and outside of bags
Do not forget to label your bag, preferably on the inside as well. If your baggage is misplaced, you can mention that there is a name and address label inside the bag, which simplifies identification.
Liquid regulations at the security checkpoint
Technical changes in the screening of liquids
At the initiative of the EU Commission, the screening of liquids at EU airports changed on January 31, 2014. At Swedavia’s airports, this measure was introduced in mid-January. The changes, in brief, entail that airports will now screen liquids using mechanical means, which has very little effect on you as a passenger.
It is important for you as a passenger to be especially careful to place all liquids you take with you through the security checkpoint so that they are clearly visible in a tray on the conveyor belt. This includes a one-litre bag with liquids, baby food, medicine, special diet food and any duty-free bag if you are changing planes at another airport.
You can read more below about what you may take with you or what may be screened.
Liquids in hand baggage
Containers with liquids must be placed in a transparent one-litre resealable plastic bag. Each container may hold up to 100 millilitres. You may take as many containers with you as there is room for in the plastic bag, and you must be able to close the bag. Examples of containers are bottles, jars and tubes.
Remove the bag with liquids from your hand baggage and place it so that it is clearly visible in a tray on the conveyor belt at the security checkpoint.
Medicine, baby food and special diet food
Liquid medicine, baby food and special diet food that you need on your journey must also be shown at the security checkpoint, but you do not need to place it in a resealable plastic bag.
These regulations do not apply to liquids that are packed in your checked baggage. Be sure to pack the liquids well. If there is any damage because a bottle breaks in your baggage, you will not be compensated.
Regulations for tax-free shopping and liquids
You may shop for tax-free goods in shops located after the security checkpoint and take them on board your flight, even if the jar or bottle holds more than 100 millilitres.
Keep in mind that regulations may vary for liquids in your hand baggage on your journey back to Sweden and to other EU countries. Find out what applies for your journey.
Flight from an airport in Sweden with a transfer in another EU country
You can purchase liquids in shops after the security checkpoint and take them in your hand baggage on your journey. Make sure that the shop seals the bag so that it is possible to ensure that no additional containers have been placed in the bag after your purchase.
Also be especially careful about the bag when changing planes at another airport within the EU: liquids purchased in a tax-free shop at the airport may be taken with you, together with the receipt, as long as the liquids are sealed in a special bag after they have been purchased. Do not open the bag before you have reached your final destination.
Flight from an airport in Sweden with a transfer in the US
You may not take liquids that you purchased from a tax-free shop in Sweden in your hand baggage through the security checkpoint you go through when you continue your journey in the US.
Flight from an airport in Sweden to the US with a transfer in another EU country
Purchasing tax-free items should not be a problem when you transfer in another EU country and take your purchases on your journey to the US if you are not changing planes in the US. Check with your airline just to be sure that stricter regulations do not apply in that EU country.
Flight from an airport in Sweden with a transfer in the US or other countries outside the EU
Countries outside the EU may have different regulations for liquids. So contact your airline to find out what applies.
Liquid medication does not need to be placed in a plastic bag like other liquids. But remember to pack your bag so that you can easily show them at the airport security control.
You may take as much nonprescription medication (lens cleaner fluid, cough medicine, nose spray etc.) as you require during the actual flight. But you can take with you the entire amount of nonprescription medication that you need during your trip away if you are unsure if the product can be purchased at the destination, or alternatively if it only exists in larger packages.Prescription medication
You may take in your hand baggage as much prescription medication as you require during your trip away.Narcotic medication
When bringing narcotic medication for own private use into EU/EES countries, you must be able to show a certificate that proves your right to take the medication with you. This applies regardless of whether you have the medication in your hand baggage or checked baggage. Narcotic medication includes many sleeping pills, tranquilizers and strong painkillers. Contact your chemist to get a so-called Schengen certificate issued.Narcotic medication – different regulations for different countries
Contact a chemist or the Swedish Medical Products Agency if you unsure whether your medication is classified as a narcotic in Sweden. Narcotic classifications can differ between countries. LIkewise, the regulations that exist for bringing in these medications can vary from country to country. Contact the country's embassy for further information.Worth carrying a doctor's certificate
If you are travelling from Sweden to countries outside of the EU/EES zone, you should contact the destination's embassy for information about which regulations apply for bringing in narcotic medication. You must be able to prove that the medication carried with you is intended for private and medical purposes only, with for example a doctor's certificate in a suitable language. You can also contact the airline with which you are travelling to find out what applies.
Below you can see contact details to ground handling agents, and the airlines with which they are connected. If you have already filled out a loss report form and received a reference number, you can track your baggage yourself. The airlines that offer this service are linked in the table below.
Ground handling agents
SAS - SGS Ground Services
For questions about delayed baggage for a flight where baggage is handled by SGS:
Telephone: +46 (0)771 22 42 43 (SAS Baggage service)
For questions about delayed baggage for a flight where baggage is handled by Menzies Aviation:
Telephone: +46 (0)8 505 078 42
For questions about delayed baggage for a flight where baggage is handled by Aviator:
Telephone: +46 (0)31 94 25 73