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Hazardous items

What items cannot be taken aboard the aircraft?

In accordance with air transport safety regulations, passengers are not permitted to carry the following articles into the security restricted area or the passenger cabin of an aircraft:

Guns, firearms and weapons (as well as pistols, revolvers, rifles and shotguns, this category includes imitation firearms, air pistols and rifles, signal flare pistols, starter pistols, toy guns, industrial bolt and nail guns, crossbows, harpoon and spear guns, lighters shaped like a firearm, etc.)

Pointed/edged weapons and sharp objects (this category includes axes and hatchets, arrows and darts, crampons, harpoons and spears, ice axes and ice picks, ice skates, knives of all types, machetes, open razors and blades, sabres and swords, scalpels, scissors with blades more than 6 cm in length, ski and walking/hiking poles, tools such as drills, saws, screwdrivers, hammers, pliers, etc.)

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Blunt instruments capable of causing injury (this category includes baseball and softball bats, clubs or batons, cricket bats, golf clubs, hockey and lacrosse sticks, paddles, skateboards, billiard, snooker and pool cues, fishing rods, martial arts equipment, etc.)

Explosives and flammable substances (this group includes ammunition, blasting caps, detonators and fuses, explosives and explosive devices, imitation explosive material, mines, hand grenades, gas and gas containers, fireworks and flares, toy caps, non-safety matches, smoke-generating canisters or cartridges, liquid fuel and lighter fluid, aerosol spray paint, turpentine and paint thinner, alcoholic beverages exceeding 70% by volume, etc.)

Chemical and toxic substances (this category includes acids and alkalis (e.g. batteries containing them), corrosive or bleaching substances (e.g. mercury, chlorine), disabling or incapacitating sprays (e.g. pepper spray, tear gas), radioactive material (e.g. medical or commercial isotopes), poisons, infectious or biological hazardous material (e.g. infected blood, bacteria and viruses), material capable of spontaneous ignition or combustion, fire extinguishers, etc.).

Passengers may take a box of matches and one lighter for personal use into the cabin.

Can I take liquids onto the aircraft?

  • You may only carry small quantities of liquids in your hand baggage, and these must be stored separately and packed in transparent plastic bags.
  • You must show any liquids to the security staff when you pass through the security checkpoint.
  • Liquids purchased at airside airport shops (after the point where you show your boarding pass) may be taken onto the aircraft.
  • These rules only apply to hand baggage. You can still carry liquids in checked baggage.
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What items cannot be carried in checked baggage either?

  • Explosives, including detonators, fuses, grenades, mines and explosives, etc.
  • Gases, including propane and butane, etc.
  • Flammable liquids, including gasoline and methanol, etc.
  • Flammable solids and reactive substances, including magnesium, firelighters, fireworks and flares, etc.
  • Oxidisers and organic peroxides, including bleach and car body repair kits, etc.
  • Toxic or infectious substances, including pepper spray, rat poison and blood, etc.
  • Radioactive material, including medicinal or commercial isotopes, etc.
  • Corrosives, including mercury and vehicle batteries, etc.
  • Vehicle fuel system components which have contained fuel, etc.

Further IATA baggage regulations 

Special rules apply to the carriage of hazardous substances and items which could endanger the aircraft, persons or property on the aircraft.