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Preflight screening

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The following items are prohibited on board

Security at Sheremetyevo International Airport is provided by Sheremetyevo Security Joint-Stock Company, established in 1998.
Sheremetyevo Security JSC was one of the first Russian companies to ensure compliance with the regulations, rules and principles of aviation security on air transport in accordance with ICAO/IATA Standards and aviation laws of the Russian Federation.

In accordance with Appendix 1 of the Rules of Pre-Flight and Post-Flight Inspections, approved by order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No. 104 dated 25 July 2007, passengers are prohibited from carrying the following hazardous substances and items in checked and carry-on baggage:

Magnetised materials

Explosives and weapons

Poisonous substances

Flammable liquids

Flammable solids

Radioactive materials

Compressed and liquefied gases

Oxidising agents and organic peroxides

Toxic substances

Caustic and corrosive substances

Small personal mobility aids powered by lithium batteries and other hazardous substances, items and goods that could be used to attack passengers, aircraft crew, or otherwise endanger the aircraft in flight.

Passenger information

The following items are permitted on board
The following items are permitted on board

Members of the flight crew and passengers are allowed to carry the following items and substances on board an aircraft, subject to following the required conditions:

In checked baggage in cargo or baggage holds of the aircraft, isolated from passenger access during the flight

  • crossbows, harpoon guns [*], sabres, cavalry swords, hatchets, scimitars, broadswords, longswords, bayonets, daggers, switchblades, locking knives, or any type of replica weapon;
  • household knives (scissors) with a blade length exceeding 60 mm;
  • alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content greater than 24%, but not more than 70% by volume, in retail packages of no more than 5 litres (not more than 5 litres per passenger);
  • liquids and alcoholic drinks with an alcohol content of no more than 24% by volume;
  • aerosol containers intended for sports or household needs, protected with caps preventing the spontaneous release of their contents, with a capacity of no more than 0.5 kg or 500 ml – no more than 2 kg or 2 l per passenger;
  • a medical thermometer containing mercury, in a standard case – one per passenger.

In carry-on items:

  • a medical thermometer that does not contain mercury;
  • a mercury blood pressure monitor in a standard case – one per passenger;
  • a barometer or mercury thermometer, packed in a hermetic container and sealed with the sender's stamp;
  • disposable lighters – one per passenger;
  • dry ice for chilling perishable food – no more than 2 kg per passenger;
  • 3% hydrogen peroxide – no more than 100 ml per passenger;
  • liquids, gels and aerosols that are considered non-hazardous: in containers of 100 ml or less (or equivalent volume in other volume measurement units), packed in a securely sealed transparent plastic bag with a volume of 1 l or less – one package per passenger.

Liquids in containers

A container with a capacity exceeding 100 ml will not be accepted for transport, even if it is only filled partially.
Exemptions will be made for medicines, baby food and special dietary needs.

Liquids purchased at airport duty-free stores

Liquids purchased in duty free shops at the airport or on board must be packed in a securely-sealed plastic bag that allows the contents to be identified during the flight. It should carry proof that these items were bought in an airport duty free shop or on board the aircraft on the day (days) of travel.
The management of the airport, airline company or operating company is entitled to adopt additional air security measures for flights associated with increased risks and may prohibit the following items to be carried in hand luggage:

  • corkscrews;
  • hypodermic injection needles (unless medical proof of need is provided);
  • knitting needles;
  • scissors with blades shorter than 60 mm;
  • folding (without a fixing device) travel knives and penknives with a blade shorter than 60 mm.

Small personal mobility aids

Carriage of small personal mobility aids powered by lithium batteries as checked baggage or carry-on items
Small personal mobility aids include:

  • monowheels;
  • segways (mini-segways);
  • hoverboards;
  • gyroscooters;
  • electric scooters

Based on IATA recommendations, the above items may be carried on Aeroflot PJSC flights as checked baggage, on condition that the mobility aid does not contain a lithium battery.
A lithium battery removed from the mobility aid may only be carried as a carry-on item, on condition that the power of the battery does not exceed 160 Watts-hour (W/h).
A small device with an embedded (non-removable) lithium battery can be carried if it is processed as "hazardous cargo" through the airport's cargo terminal.

[*] Rules of carriage of weapons on Aeroflot flights

  • When booking and checking in for Aeroflot PJSC flights, the passenger must declare his/her intention to carry weapons as baggage.
  • A passenger carrying weapons shall arrive for check-in no later than 1.5 hours before departure time.
  • A passenger transporting weapons on flights within the Russian Federation shall carry a permit to keep and carry weapons.
  • When carrying weapons to/from the Russian Federation and transporting weapons through the territory of the Russian Federation, the passenger must possess a permit to import/export weapons issued by the authorised body of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
  • Transfer passengers traveling within Russia and in possession of weapons must re-process them at Sheremetyevo Airport.
  • According to the Law "On weapons", foreign citizens:
    • are permitted to bring sports and hunting weapons into the Russian Federation if they have an invitation from a legal entity that holds a license for hunting, a contract for hunting with the said legal entity, or an invitation to participate in sport activities, and the respective permit from the Ministry of Internal Affairs;
    • may not bring into the Russian Federation any type, version or model of weapons for the purpose of ensuring personal security, protecting the lives and health of other citizens, their property, for escorting goods, or for other purposes that are not listed above, unless stipulated by separate international treaties of the Russian Federation.
  • Weapons must be handed over for temporary storage during the flight at the departure airport and shall be delivered to owners at the destination airport.
  • Replica weapons (pistols, revolvers, rifles, carbines, machine guns, electric shock devices, etc.) may not be transported in the aircraft cabin.
    Replica weapons may only be transported in checked baggage.
  • Weapons shall be accepted for carriage only if unloaded, in packaging provided by the passenger (covers, holsters, special containers, cases, etc.) which meets the safety and security requirements for weapons. Firearms and ammunition must be kept in separate containers.
  • The weight of ammunition to be transported must not exceed 5 kg per passenger.
  • Cartridge shells for gas weapons may not be transported by air.
  • Airguns with a muzzle energy of over 3 joules are classed as civilian weapons (Article 3 of the Law "On weapons") and shall be transported in accordance with the procedure for carriage of other arms. A gun license is required to transport airguns with a muzzle energy of over 7.5 joules and a calibre of over 4.5 mm (Article 13 of the Law "On weapons").
    Exception:
    The national aviation authorities of Vietnam and Belarus require that all airguns, including those with muzzle energy below 3.0 joules, be handed over for temporary storage during the flight, with a handover certificate issued. In order to comply with this requirement, please inform an airport employee at check-in of any airguns you are planning to carry.
    The Spanish national aviation authorities require that all airguns, including those with muzzle energy below 3.0 joules, and any imitation weapons, be carried separately from any other baggage and marked with special labels. In order to comply with this requirement, please inform an airport employee at check-in of any airguns or imitation weapons you are planning to carry.
  • Russian-made electric shock devices and spark dischargers are classed as civilian weapons (Article 3 of the Law "On weapons") and shall be transported in accordance with the procedure for carriage of other arms. A passenger transporting an electric shock device must provide a document containing the technical specifications to enable employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs to verify the conformity of the device's output parameters with the parameters established by the applicable state standards of the Russian Federation. The circulation of electric shock devices manufactured outside of the Russian Federation is prohibited (Article 6 of the Law "On weapons"); correspondingly, their carriage is also prohibited.
Information notice

The possibility of transporting a lithium battery by air depends on its configuration and capacity (W/h) (for rechargeable lithium-ion/polymer batteries) or lithium content (for non-rechargeable batteries made with metal lithium).
For your own safety and for the safety of other passengers, please follow the requirements and read the detailed instructions regarding the carriage of lithium batteries.
Electronic devices powered by lithium batteries must be completely switched off (not be in stand-by mode or reduced power consumption mode) and be placed in a protective case to avoid unintended activation or damage. Suitable protection may be a hard briefcase and/or cushioning material, such as clothes, to prevent its movement.

Li-ion batteries with specific power up to 100 Wh [*]

(Lithium-metal batteries containing up to 2 g (LC) of lithium)

Li-ion batteries with specific power between 100 and 160 Wh [*]

(Lithium-metal batteries containing 2-8 g (LC) of lithium)

Li-ion batteries with specific power over 160 Wh [*]

Small personal mobility aids.

Powered by lithium-ion cells (batteries)

Examples:

  • cell phones;
  • video cameras;
  • watches;
  • portable music players;
  • laptops;
  • portable medical devices.

In carry-on baggage

  • allowed inside equipment;
  • spare batteries must be protected separately in such a manner that a short circuit is not possible (i.e., stored in its retail packaging, or with open terminals covered with tape, or with each battery placed in a separate plastic bag or protective package).

In checked baggage

  • must be inside the equipment;
  • steps must be taken to prevent them turning on accidentally;
  • the carriage of spare accumulator batteries (not inserted in equipment) is prohibited.

Examples:

  • extended-life laptops;
  • professional audio and video equipment;
  • portable medical devices.

In carry-on baggage

  • the airline's permission is required;
  • allowed inside equipment;
  • steps must be taken to prevent them turning on accidentally;
  • spare batteries must be stored separately
  • protected in such manner that a short circuit is not possible (i.e., stored in its retail packaging, or with open terminals covered with tape, or with each battery placed in a separate plastic bag or protective package);
  • one passenger is allowed to carry no more than two spare lithium-metal batteries.

In checked baggage

  • The airline's permission is required;
  • must be inside the equipment;
  • steps must be taken to prevent them turning on accidentally;
  • the carriage of spare accumulator batteries (not inserted in equipment) is prohibited.

Examples:

  • industrial equipment included in some electric and hybrid vehicles;
  • mobility aids and mopeds.

Not allowed in checked baggage or carry-on baggage

  • to be presented and carried as "hazardous cargo" in accordance with Technical Instructions for Safe Carriage of Hazardous Cargoes by Air (Doc 9284 AN\905).

Exceptions

Wheelchairs and similar mobility aids powered by lithium-ion batteries, with a specific power over 160 Wh, used by passengers with restricted mobility due to a health condition, age or temporary conditions (e.g. a broken leg).

Conditions for permitting the special carriage of a mobility aid/wheelchair:

1. The aircraft captain must be notified of the location of the lithium-ion battery(s).

2. The airline's permission is required.

3. Mobility aids shall be carried in such a manner that they are protected from damage caused by baggage, mail, flight supplies or other cargo moving.

4. can be carried as checked baggage on condition that:

  • battery terminals are protected from short-circuiting (e.g. by placing spacers in the battery box);
  • the battery is reliably secured in the mobility aid;
  • electric circuits must be isolated.

5. If a mobility aid/wheelchair is designed so that the user is able to remove the battery (e. g. collapsible), then:

  • the battery must be removed;
  • batteries shall be protected from short-circuiting by insulating the terminals (by taping them);
  • removed batteries shall be protected from damage (e.g. placed in protective packaging). Batteries must be transported in the passenger cabin;
  • the battery's power must not exceed 300 Wh;
  • only one spare battery with a capacity not exceeding 300 Wh may be carried, or two spare batteries, each with a capacity not exceeding 160 Wh.

Examples:

  • monowheels
  • segways (mini-segways);
  • hoverboards;
  • gyroscooters
  • electric scooters

Based on IATA recommendations, the above items may be carried on Aeroflot PJSC flights as checked baggage, on condition that the mobility aid does not contain a lithium battery.

A lithium battery removed from the mobility aid may only be carried as a carry-on item, on condition that the power of the battery does not exceed 160 Watts-hour (W/h).

A small device with an embedded (non-removable) lithium battery can be carried if it is processed as "hazardous cargo" through the airport's cargo terminal.

[*] 1 Wh = 1 V · 1 Ah

Attention all passengers flying to the United States!

New requirements issued by the US government came into effect on 30 June 2018. Powdered substances weighing 12 oz (350 ml) or more are now prohibited in the aircraft cabin, with the following exceptions:

  • medically prescribed powdered substances, baby food and human remains weighing 12 oz (350 ml) or more may be carried in the aircraft cabin, on the condition that all sealed containers be examined for breach or forgery of the original packaging (splits, cracks, perforations in the protective wrapping, film or seal). Packages demonstrating evidence of breach or forgery shall be examined to verify that the contents match what is stated on the packaging;
  • packages with powdered contents that were purchased in duty free stores, enclosed in STEBs, may be taken through the screening area and on board the aircraft.

Any packages with powdered contents demonstrating evidence of breach or forgery are prohibited in the screening area and shall not be accepted for carriage on board the aircraft in the event of their weight not matching the contents without a credible explanation, or the powder emitting an unusual odour that does not match the declared contents.

Any amount of powders may be checked as baggage and carried in the baggage hold of the aircraft.

According to the US requirements, "powders are small dry particles created through pulverisation, crushing or disintegration of solid substances (i.e. flour, sugar, coffee grounds, spices, powdered milk (baby food), cosmetic products). Powders may come in clumped, granular or pressed form."

Rules of carriage of electronic smoking devices

Items or products

Location

Restrictions

 

Checked baggage

Carry-on baggage

Upon one's person

The Operator(s)'s Permit is required

The Aircraft Captain must be notified

 

Portable electronic smoking devices powered by batteries (e. g. electronic cigarettes, electronic cigarillos, electronic cigars, electronic pipes, personal steam generators, electronic nicotine supply systems)

No

Yes

Yes

No

No

a) carried by passengers or crew members for personal use;

b) spare batteries must be individually protected in order to avoid a short circuit (by placing them in the original retail packaging or using another method of terminal insulation);

c) parameters of each battery must not exceed the following:

  • lithum content in lithium-metal batteries – 2 g;
  • specific power of lithium-ion batteries – 100 Wh;

d) the devices are prohibited from being used on board the aircraft;

e) the devices and/or batteries may not be charged on board the aircraft.

For security purposes, wheelchairs are transported on flights in the following manner:

Wheelchair type Restrictions
Wheelchairs equipped with wet cell storage batteries Shall be checked as baggage and carried in the baggage hold, provided that the battery is disconnected, the battery terminals are insulated, the battery is enclosed in a package filled with absorbent material and duly marked. If a wheelchair equipped with wet cell storage batteries is to be used prior to boarding and after disembarking the aircraft, the Planeside Handover service may be used.
Wheelchairs equipped with dry-charged batteries Shall be carried in the baggage hold, provided that the battery is disconnected, the battery terminals are insulated to prevent accidental short circuits, and the battery is securely attached to the wheelchair.
Wheelchairs equipped with gel batteries May be carried without disconnecting the battery, provided that the battery terminal is insulated.
Wheelchairs equipped with non-spillable wet cell batteries Shall be carried in the baggage hold, provided that the battery is securely attached to the mobility aid, the battery terminals are insulated to prevent short circuits, and all the electric circuits are insulated.
Wheelchairs equipped with spillable batteries Shall be carried in the baggage hold, provided that the battery is securely attached to the mobility aid, the battery terminals are insulated to prevent short circuits, and all the electric circuits are insulated. The mobility aid shall be loaded, fixed and unloaded in an upright position only. Spillable batteries shall be fitted with spill-preventing vent plugs, where possible.
Wheelchairs equipped with lithium-ion batteries Shall be carried in the baggage hold, provided that the battery is securely attached to the mobility aid, the battery terminals are insulated to prevent short circuits, and all the electric circuits are insulated;
may be taken as carry-on baggage if the batteries are specially designed to be readily removable by the user. The battery shall be removed and carried in the passenger cabin with the terminals insulated to prevent short circuits; the battery shall be protected from physical damage.
The battery shall not exceed 300 Wh in capacity.
A single battery not exceeding 300 Wh in capacity, or two batteries each not exceeding 160 Wh in capacity may be carried.

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