Security Screening

Security control
Banned items
Carry-on and liquids

Pulkovo airport cares about your safety.

Every passenger, his/her personal items and baggage must pass pre-flight check before boarding the aircraft. Passenger, who refuses to pass pre-flight inspection and provide his/her personal items for inspection, is denied boarding.

Inspection in the airport is performed at specialized facilities, equipped with fixed technical means of inspection and video systems, and specialized inspection rooms for personal (individual) inspection.

Passengers of air transportation are prohibited to accept bags, parcels and other items from third persons for transportation onboard the aircraft, and accept any items for temporary storage at the airport terminals and adjacent territory.

1. Have passport and ticket ready2. Put your belongings into the basket3. Walk through the frame
Security control

At pre-flight check:

  • Keep your passport and boarding pass handy;

  • Put permitted metal items IN your carry-on bag. This includes jewellery, loose change, keys, mobile phones, pagers, and palm top computers;

  • At the passenger screening checkpoint please take OUT your laptop computer and place it in the tray provided, separate from its carrying case;

  • Take off your belt and outer coat and place it in the tray provided;

  • To walk through metal detector or scanner is safe.

Banned items in carry-on and/or checked bags

There are also a range of items which are generally not permitted on board an aircraft because they are considered a dangerous good. Dangerous goods are not allowed anywhere on the aircraft because they may be explosive, flammable, magnetic, caustic and generally too dangerous to be taken on the aircraft.

  • Magnetic materials (strong magnets such as those in some loudspeakers and laboratory equipment);
  • Shockers (devices designed specifically to stun or immobilize);
  • Radioactive materials (There are some exceptions for implanted radioactive medical devices. Contact your airline for details on how to ship other radioactive materials);
  • Toxic substances (weed killer, insecticides, etc.);
  • Compressed and condensed gases (carbon dioxide cartridges, oxygen tanks (scuba or medical), mace, tear gas, pepper spray, self-inflating rafts, and deeply refrigerated gases such as liquid nitrogen);
  • Flammable liquids (paint, petrol, lighter refills, solvents, varnish etc.);
  • Solid flammable substances (e.g., oxygen containing chemicals);
  • Caustic and corrosive materials (e.g., acids, alkalis, wet cell batteries, etc.);
  • Explosives, explosive devices and items stuffed with them (fireworks, flares, etc.)

Banned items in carry-on

  • All liquids, aerosols and gels even in bottles/containers larger than 100 ml.

  • Weapons of any kind and other self defense items, including but not limited to firearms, parts of firearms including ammunition, replica firearms, and martial arts equipment. If you are not sure whether an item is a weapon/self defense item or not, check with your airline or leave it at home.

  • Cutting tools and items with sharp edges: box cutters, ice picks, ice scates, meat cleavers, razor blades, sabers, swords, umbrellas with metal points, etc.

  • Sporting equipment: sticks, ski poles, racquets used in squash, tennis, badminton or any other sport, bats and cues, etc.

  • Heavy tools: axes, cattle prods, hammers, drill bits, saws, etc.

If you are not sure whether an item is prohibited; check with your airline, pack it in your checked baggage or leave it at home.

If you hesitate, please contact your airline and check the list of items not allowed on board.

Memo for passengersPDF, 629.2 KB


Joking around with security men or airline staff about guns, bombs, drugs etc. is not a good idea. You can be arrested and sent to the Police for a further investigation.

It is important that certain items are packed in your checked in baggage and not in your carry on. Any items removed by airport security staff will not be able to be returned to you.

Duty free liquids purchased from any airport or airline may be carried as hand baggage as long as the item and the receipt remain sealed inside the security bag (with a red border) provided at the time of purchase. You may not open the security bag until arrival at your final destination. The seal is valid for one day.

Keep in mind, that transfer passengers are being repeatedly stung by confiscations of duty-free as the regulations are inconsistently applied at airports of transfer around the world.