Airport company Finavia is increasing the amount of liquids allowed in hand baggage at Helsinki airport.

Passengers will now be able to take up to two litres of liquids through security in the departures hall at Helsinki airport.

This is a result of the airport’s development project which aims for “smoother and more stress-free” security controls.

The first phase was completed last summer and saw the creation of a new security area with eight control lines featuring new scanners that do not require passengers to remove electronics and liquids from their hand luggage.

The second phase was completed this month and included two additional security lines.

Note that current 100ml liquid restrictions continue to apply to passengers departing from Finavia’s regional airports and passengers passing through the security control for transfers. 

Finavia’s security manager Ari Kumara commented:

“More modern security control equipment has been installed at the airport. Thanks to this, we can now allow the transport of liquid containers larger than one hundred millilitres, such as one-litre water bottles and other larger containers, in hand baggage…”

We believe that with this new technology, we can offer our passengers a smoother and more relaxed start to their journey.”

Helsinki airport follows a number of other airports which are relaxing restrictions on liquids in hand luggage.

Amsterdam Schiphol has had CT scanners in place since May 2021, while London City airport became the first major airport in the UK to relax restrictions in April 2023, following the implementation of new generation CT scanners at security.

Last December the UK’s Department for Transport confirmed an end to the “tiny toiletries” rule by 2024, with all major airport required to replace existing 2D screening technology with more advanced CT security scanners by June 2024.

Restrictions limiting passengers to carrying liquids no more than 100ml in size have been in place since August 2006, when a plot to blow up aircraft on transatlantic flights was discovered.