Being newbie for a long haul trip means oftentimes that you have to pay the price of inexperience. This is exactly what happened to me when I came to Europe for the very first time.
In 2008 was my first time in Europe and my farthest trip since I was a child. At that moment I was ‘slightly’ inexperienced as a long haul traveller and the first consequences showed up pretty soon. In Sao Paulo’s Airport I had to hand over all my cosmetics with a package over 100 millilitres, which I didn’t know I am not allowed to carry in my hand bag. Even though I made an effort to hold my cosmetics with me I had absolutely no chance. This annoying policy (especially for women) is in force since 2006 because of ‘the increased risk of liquid explosives being introduced onto aircraft’ (Commission Regulation EC No 1546/2006), and there is nothing you can do against it. After so many years I’ve seen many other times, and in the same airport, people giving up their belongings at the security check due to lack of knowledge about this restriction.