Carry-on baggage prohibited and restricted items

To keep everyone safe, there are some things you must not take into the aircraft cabin and some that need to comply with specific conditions.

Local airport security restrictions on carry-on items vary from country to country and you may need to check local criteria on restricted items. 

Quick list of prohibited items

  • Sharp objects or cutting implements, such as knives, box cutters, letter openers, scissors, tradesman's tools, screwdrivers and darts
  • Sporting goods or club like items, such as baseball bats, pool cues, golf clubs, lacrosse sticks, ski poles, brass knuckles, hammers, boomerangs and didgeridoos
  • More than one box of matches or lighter (see additional information below)
  • Firearms or weapons including replicas
  • Nearly all flammable, explosive, corrosive or toxic items
  • Printer or toner cartridges weighing 16oz or 453g or greater on flights departing to, through or from the USA, Vancouver and London
  • Liquid oxygen systems (see gaseous oxygen cylinders under approval required below)
  • Disabling devices containing an irritant or incapacitating substance, such as pepper spray
  • Electric shock weapons containing dangerous goods such as explosives, compressed gas or lithium batteries
  • Aerosols that are not medicinal or toiletry items
  • Security type equipment - such as attaché cases, cash boxes and cash bags - that include lithium batteries, pyrotechnical material or other dangerous goods as part of the equipment
  • Hoverboard, Mini-Segway, solo wheel, air wheel, balance wheel, Lithium powered skateboard or Personal transportation devices with on-board storage and similar lithium battery powered small recreational vehicles
  • Installed or spare lithium batteries with ratings more than 160Wh or 8g lithium content, see travelling with lithium batteries
  • Battery-powered wheelchairs or mobility devices may only be carried as checked-in baggage and you must tell us about them when you book. For information on travelling with each battery type, see services for people with wheelchairs
  • Permeation devices for calibrating air quality monitoring equipment; but are allowed as checked-in baggage under strict conditions, contact us for details
  • Samsung Note 7 cannot be carried, either on your person, in carry-on or in checked in luggage

For any lithium batteries or devices containing them, see travelling with lithium batteries.

Prohibited

  • Hoverboard, Mini-Segway, solo wheel, air wheel, balance wheel, Lithium powered skateboard or Personal transportation devices with on-board storage and similar lithium battery powered small recreational vehicles

Allowed

  • Each person is limited to a maximum of 15 portable electronic devices, such as cameras, mobile phones, laptops, tablets etc.
  • Spare or loose batteries up to a maximum of 20 batteries per person when in retail packaging or with their terminals insulated, isolated from any metal objects and protected against crushing, puncturing or pressure; for lithium battery restrictions see travelling with lithium batteries
  • Portable electronic devices, with installed non-spillable batteries and up to two spare batteries, each battery not exceeding 12 Volt and 100 Watt hour (Wh) power rating, provided you have prevented the device from switching on unintentionally
  • Energy efficient lamps or light bulbs in retail packaging and intended for personal or home use
  • Fuel cells (and up to two spare fuel cartridges of allowed types) for powering portable electronic devices, such as cameras, cellular phones, laptop computers and camcorders. For allowed fuel cartridges and safety requirements, see travelling with fuel cells
  • Personal vaporizers, such as e-cigarettes, e-cigars and e-pipes; must not be used or recharged on board, protected against accidental activation, each installed or spare battery not more than 100Wh or 2g lithium content

Prohibited

  • Hoverboard, Mini-Segway, solo wheel, air wheel, balance wheel, skateboard or personal transportation devices with on-board storage and similar lithium battery powered small recreational vehicles
  • Installed or spare lithium batteries with ratings more than 160Wh or 8g lithium content, see travelling with lithium batteries
  • Internal combustion or fuel cell engines, even if the fuel and liquids have been drained
  • Camping stoves with fuel containers that have contained a flammable liquid fuel
  • Sharp objects, such as ski poles, javelins, hiking poles, harpoons, spear guns,
  • Weapons, such as firearms, bows and crossbows
  • Blunt instruments such as sports bats and sticks

Allowed

  • Spare or loose batteries when in retail packaging or with their terminals insulated, isolated from any metal objects and protected against  crushing, puncturing or pressure; for lithium battery restrictions see travelling with lithium batteries
  • Heat producing articles, such as underwater torches and soldering irons, that are battery powered, provided the heat producing component and the battery are isolated from each other by removing one of them or a fuse; for lithium batteries see travelling with lithium batteries

Approval required

Contact us about these items before you book.

  • Lithium battery powered devices with installed batteries, 100Wh to 160Wh or a lithium content 2g to 8g, see travelling with lithium batteries
  • Avalanche rescue backpack containing a cartridge of compressed gas
  • Gas cartridges fitted into a self-inflating safety device such as a life jacket or vest

Prohibited

  • Battery-powered wheelchairs or mobility devices may only be carried as checked-in baggage and you must tell us about them when you book. For information on travelling with each battery type, see services for people with wheelchairs

Allowed

  • Gas cylinders worn to operate mechanical limbs, non-flammable, non-toxic, including enough spare cylinders of a similar size to ensure an adequate supply for the journey

Please refer to the Aviation Security Service website for detailed information.

On international flights, some items cannot be taken in your carry-on bag/s through security screening. Find out more at carry-on luggage restrictions.

Check you are not carrying prohibited items or dangerous goods that are restricted from carriage on all passenger flights.

For International flights you should check that any powders, liquids aerosols and gels in your carry-on luggage do not exceed the volume restrictions.