1. General information about the security checks of departing passengers at Greek airports
The Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA) has established security procedures for departing passengers that apply to all airports in the country. The information provided here describes the procedures you will face before you leave.
Each passenger will face two stages of control before boarding the aircraft.
Luggage checkpoints are the first security checkpoints you will encounter at most Greek airports, if you have luggage to deliver. The competent airport security staff will check all departing passengers' luggage before boarding.
Then you will meet:
Passenger and hand luggage screening checkpoints. You must pass through these points to reach the departure area.
The competent airport security staff at the passengers’ screening points will screen passengers and hand luggage. These checks are carried out in accordance with the requirements and methodology of national and European legislation.
An additional checkpoint is located in front of the departing passengers’ gates where the identity of the departing passenger is checked: The carrier ensures that each passenger presents a valid boarding pass or equivalent (mobile check-in). The boarding pass must be in the name of the person presenting it and for this purpose the identity of the departing passenger is checked by the air carrier with the presentation of a passport or police ID. For domestic flights, a driver's license or other official document bearing a photo of the passenger is also accepted.
For the cases of minor passengers (under 12 years old) who do not have a passport, identity card or other official relevant document, a relevant certificate of identity from the Citizens’ Service Center (“KEP”) or the Police may be accepted on domestic flights. For international flights, the current passport control provisions apply.
2. Before leaving for the airport.
• Check with your airline how long you must be at the airport before departure.
• Do not pack or carry prohibited articles on board the aircraft (see list of prohibited articles'). It is particularly pointed out that the transport of liquids from the passenger or his hand luggage is limited. You can get detailed information from the list of prohibited articles "below.
• Keep in mind that packaged items may be required to be opened for inspection.
• Keep in mind that clothes and jewelry or other items that contain large amounts of metal can activate the Walk-through metal detector and the portable metal detector.
•If you are carrying a small animal in the cabin of an aircraft, keep in mind that it shall be screened either as a passenger or as cabin baggage.
• Avoid placing items in your luggage and hand luggage that you think could embarrass you in front of the public, as your hand luggage or luggage may be opened for security check at the airport in the presence of other passengers.
• Avoid squeezing too many items in your hand luggage and luggage so that if they are searched, they can be put back in place.
• Avoid placing films that have not been displayed in your luggage. They should be carried in hand luggage.
• Avoid stacking books, magazines or other documented material in your luggage. It is best to place them scattered around your luggage to facilitate security checks.
3. Arriving at the airport.
After you enter the queue for the security check and to facilitate the security check:
• Remove anything metallic before passing through the Walk-through metal detector to avoid activating the alarm when passing through. Put metal objects in your hand luggage or in the trays in each lane for this purpose. These include jewelry, coins, keys, cell phones, etc.
• Take your laptop out of its case. Place it in one of the available trays and separately from its case. You may be asked to switch it on.
• Remove coats of any kind (jackets, cardigans). You may be asked to remove belts, scarves or ties for more effective checks.
Remember that: Under international and European law, passengers and hand luggage causing alarm must also be hand-checked. The above legislation stipulates that, even if the machines are not activated during their passage, a percentage of passengers and hand luggage is also subject to hand search. The exact methodology of screening of passengers is provided in detail in the above legislation.
4. Access to the passenger-handbages screening point
At the entrance to the passenger checkpoint you will be asked to prove that you are authorized to enter the controlled area of the airport.
• Access is allowed to passengers upon presentation of a boarding pass card or equivalent (mobile check-in)