What items are not allowed in my luggage?

Items prohibited as baggage are elements or substances that may endanger the health and safety of people, the environment or aircraft. We tell you what some of these items are so that you can find out about them before you travel.

Restricted articles Restricted articles in the United States Other restricted items
Safety cases, boxes and bags

These items may not contain external batteries or pyrotechnic material.

Disabling elements

Self-defence gases, pepper sprays or irritant substances.

Liquid oxygen devices

Pipettes, cannulas, masks or scuba tanks.

Electric weapons
(taser)

Electro-shock weapons, electric or current guns.

Elements with external batteries

Lighters powered by external batteries and electronic cigarettes.

Damaged electronic equipment

Computers, mobile phones, chargers or any device in poor condition.

Removable batteries or portable batteries

Spare lithium metal batteries, rechargeable batteries or single batteries.

Filled oxygen cylinders (pipettes)

Medical or recreational oxygen cylinders, pipettes or tanks with pressure.

Vehicles powered by external batteries

Hover, boards, scooters, unicycle with this type of battery.

Matches

No matches of any kind, as per AVSecurity and airport operator regulations.

When travelling to the United States you should be aware that according to the law established by that country the transport of hazardous materials on board aircraft, in your luggage or personal items is prohibited.

Flammable Aerosols:
WD-40, aerosol paint, aerosol starch, cooking spray, etc. This restriction does not apply to toiletries (lotions, deodorants, foot powder spray, etc.).
Tanks:
Air or pressurised (including scuba and scuba diving).
Alcoholic beverages:

Over 140 proof or over 70% alcohol by volume (e.g. absinthe).

Children's articles:

Safety equipment such as waterproof kit, children's games that may contain lithium batteries, aerosols, lighters, compressed oxygen.

Motorised equipment: 

Residual fuel (chainsaws, generators, mowers, etc.).

Fireworks:

Firecrackers, bottle rockets, brackets and flares.

Fuels:

Flammables and liquids, including containers and equipment with residual fuel.

Oxygen: 
Medical oxygen and recreational oxygen (compressed or liquid).
Paintings:

Solvents or flammables include thinners, turpentine, MEK (Methyl Ethyl Ketone), denatured alcohol, acetone, resins, lacquers, varnishes and flammables.

Repellent:

Over 4 fl. oz. (118 ml), bear spray and animal repellent.

MacBook Pro:

If you have a 15-inch MacBook Pro that was manufactured between September 2015 and February 2017, it's best to leave it at home. Battery overheating can be dangerous on the road.

Other articles:
Signal flares and road lights and avalanche rescue backpack, self-inflating.
 
Items requiring airline approval

There areother restricted items that you may carry in your baggage, but they must have prior authorisation from the airline or relevant authorities. Find a list of these items below.

Hand and hold baggage
  • Small cartridges of non-flammable gas integrated into devices small cartridges which are integrated into a self-inflating safety device, e.g. a life jacket, are permitted to be carried under the following conditions: no more than one personal safety device per person; it must be packaged in such a way that it cannot be accidentally activated; it may only contain carbon dioxide or other gas; it may not contain more than two spare cartridges. 
  • Other devices permitted no more than four small carbon dioxide cartridges per person. Water capacity of cylinders must not exceed 50 mL (28 grams).
  • Avalanche rescue backpack, one per person, containing compressed gas cartridges. It may also be equipped with a pyrotechnic trigger mechanism containing not more than 200 mg net explosives. It must be packaged in such a way that it cannot be accidentally activated. Inflatable bags inside backpacks must have pressure relief valves.
  • Chemical agent monitoring equipment should be carried by staff members of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on official travel. This may be: a chemical agent monitor (CAM) or a rapid alarm and identification device monitor (RAID-M).
  • Lithium battery-powered devices (PEDs), devices with batteries or lithium batteries which provide electrical energy for their operation. These devices are permitted to be carried in checked baggage and carry-on baggage subject to the following: 
      • Portable medical devices (PMED) such as automated external defibrillators (AED), portable oxygen concentrators (POC) and continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) with installed lithium metal batteries, the amount of lithium grams may exceed 2 grams but not exceed 8 grams.
      • Devices such as power tools, camcorders and laptops, drones containing lithium-ion batteries, the rated capacity may be greater than 100 Wh, not exceeding 160 Wh.
  • Heat-producing objects. Battery powered equipment capable of generating extreme heat that could cause a fire if activated, e.g. underwater high intensity lamps. The heat generating component and the battery must be isolated from each other by removing the heat generating component, the battery or any other component such as the fuse.
  • Drones. Drones powered by rechargeable lithium batteries (lithium ion) with a nominal capacity between 100 Wh and 160 Wh are allowed to be transported with prior authorisation from the airline. In addition, it must be ensured that the drone with installed batteries, regardless of the quantity, is packed with all necessary measures to protect the device from damage and to prevent accidental activation. Furthermore, it must be completely switched off (not in sleep or hibernation mode). A maximum of 2 spare batteries may be carried in hand luggage and packed to prevent short circuits (protective bags).
      • Drones with rechargeable (lithium-ion) batteries with a nominal capacity between zero (0) Wh and 100 Wh do not require airline authorisation.
      • Drones with spare batteries, a maximum of 20 batteries may be carried in hand luggage only and packed to avoid short circuits (protective bags).
  • Dry ice. Carbon dioxide, solid (dry ice) in quantities not exceeding 2.5 kg per person, when used to pack non-hazardous perishable substances. The baggage (package) must allow for the release of carbon dioxide gas marked Carbon dioxide, "solid" or "Dry ice"; and the net weight of the dry ice (maximum 2.5 kg per bag).
Hold baggage
  • Ammunition securely packaged in quantities not exceeding 5 kg. Ammunition securely packaged (UN 0012 or UN 0014 only) in quantities not exceeding 5 kg (11 lb) gross weight per person for that person's own use, excluding ammunition with explosive or incendiary projectiles. Ammunition permitted for more than one person shall not be combined in one or more packages.
  • Battery-powered wheelchairs or mobility aids for use by passengers whose mobility is restricted by disability, health or age limitations, or by a temporary mobility problem (a broken leg). 
  • Camping cookers and fuel containers which have contained flammable liquid fuel: may be transported provided that the camping cooker tank and/or fuel container has been completely drained of all liquids and that the necessary measures have been taken to eliminate the hazard.
  • Safety equipment such as briefcases, safety boxes, safety bags, etc. (In the case of lithium-ion batteries, the nominal capacity does not exceed 100 Wh; in a lithium metal battery, the total lithium content is maximum 2g).
Hand luggage
  • Mercury barometers or thermometers transported by a representative of a government meteorological office or similar agency and must be packed in a strong outer container that has a sealed inner liner or a sack of very strong leak-proof material; puncture resistant and impervious to mercury that prevents mercury spillage, regardless of the position of the package.
  • Spare lithium batteries should be protected individually to prevent short circuits by placing them in the original sales packaging or by insulating the terminals, e.g. by covering exposed terminals with tape or by placing each battery in a separate protective plastic bag or sleeve.
  • Lithium-ion batteries with a nominal capacity of more than 100 Wh but less than 160 Wh may be carried as spare batteries in carry-on baggage or placed in equipment stowed in checked or carry-on baggage. No more than two individually protected spare batteries may be carried per person.
  • Lithium metal batteries are only allowed for portable electronic medical electronic devices (PMED), such as automated external defibrillators (AED), portable oxygen concentrators (POC), and continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices. They may be carried under the following condition: between 0 and 2 grams, as many as the device requires for its operation or between 2 and 8 grams, a maximum of 2 spare batteries.
  • Spare batteries, for the operation of electronic devices, e.g. toys, cameras, TV controls, etc. Only a maximum of 20 spare batteries are allowed and they must be individually protected to prevent short circuits by placing them in the original sales packaging or by insulating the terminals, e.g. by covering exposed terminals with tape or by placing each battery in a separate plastic protective bag or sleeve.
  • Electronic cigarettes containing batteries including e-cigarettes, and other personal vaporisers containing batteries must be in carry-on baggage only. Recharging the battery of these devices is not permitted on board the aircraft. Spare batteries must be individually protected to prevent short circuits (using a pouch/case). Lithium metal batteries (lithium content must not exceed 2 grams). Lithium-ion batteries (nominal capacity must not exceed 100 WH).
Items not requiring airline approval

There are other items that do not require approval to be transported in your luggage, however, you must ensure that they are packed in such a way that the contents are protected and are not at risk during any normal handling that may occur in the logistics chain.

Hand and hold baggage
  • Portable electronic devices (PEDs) for personal use (including medical devices) containing batteries such as portable oxygen concentrators (POCs) and portable electronic items such as cameras, mobile phones, laptops and tablets containing installed batteries. These items must be carried in carry-on baggage; if it is necessary to carry them in checked baggage, the device must be protected from damage and prevented from accidental activation at any stage of the flight. In addition, it must be completely switched off (not in sleep or hibernation mode).
  • Spare batteries (lithium, alkaline, nickel cadmium, etc.) may only be carried in hand luggage and must be protected against short circuits. In addition, only a maximum of 20 batteries may be carried.
  • If the PED uses lithium batteries, installed or replacement, it must comply with: lithium metal, only for PEDs, POCs, CPAPs, the lithium content cannot exceed 2 grams; lithium ion, the nominal capacity cannot exceed 100 Wh and must meet the requirements of the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria.
  • Luggage equipped with a lithium metal battery with more than 0.3 grams of lithium and lithium ion with more than 2.7 Wh must be carried in hand luggage or with the passenger.
  • Flammable and non-flammable medicinal or toilet articles and aerosols. Such as hair sprays, perfumes, colognes and medicines containing alcohol. The total of these items must not exceed 2 kg or 2 litres and the net quantity of each item must not exceed 0.5 kg or 0.5 litres. Aerosol release valves must be protected by a cap to prevent accidental release of the contents.
  • Cylinders for mechanical limbs. Small cylinders of non-flammable gases used for the operation of mechanical limbs. Also spare cylinders of a similar size if required to ensure an adequate supply during the journey.
  • Radioisotope cardiac pacemakers or other medical devices, including those powered by lithium batteries, implanted in a person or externally attached.
  • Medical or clinical thermometers. To be checked in hold baggage only and must be a small clinical or medical thermometer, containing mercury, for personal use, provided it is in its protective case.
  • Hair curlers containing hydrocarbon gas, no more than one per passenger may be carried. Spare cartridges are prohibited.
  • Alcoholic beverages. Unrestricted persons may carry beverages such as beer or wine with a volume of less than 24%. Drinks such as whisky, vodka or brandy with a volume between 24% and 70% may be carried up to 5 litres per passenger. Alcohol with a volume greater than 70% is prohibited.
  • Fuel cells installed in portable electronic devices (e.g. cameras, mobile phones, laptops and camcorders) or spare cartridges.
  • Insulated packages containing refrigerated liquid nitrogen (dry cryogenic packaging). Packaged and insulated so as to contain refrigerated liquid nitrogen completely absorbed in porous material (dry cryogenic packaging).
  • Portable electronic devices with non-spillable batteries such as: toys, electric scooters and trolleys, tools, etc.
  • Portable electronic devices with non-spillable batteries such as: toys, electric scooters and trolleys, tools, etc.
  • Other items such as detergent soaps, candles, lubricating oil, enamels and balls.
Hold baggage
  • Internal combustion or fuel cell engines. Must be transported in robust packaging and can be gasoline engines (cars and motorbikes) / gas engines.
  • Permeation devices for calibration of air quality monitoring equipment.

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