The commission of the European Union Commission Regulation (EC) 820/2008 stipulated that the Member States and airlines registered therein must adopt a series of measures, mandatory, to prevent them from having access to security restricted areas of airports and be transported on board the aircraft prohibited items. As a result of the continuing evolution of weapons, objects, materials and substances that could be used to commit acts of unlawful interference, the list of prohibited items cannot be exhaustive and is subject to those subsequent amendments as deemed necessary, whenever new items or forms of threat to the safety of aviation operations are detected. It provides that the public has access to the list of prohibited items that passengers cannot enter restricted areas of the airport, in the cabin of the aircraft and any prohibited items that passengers cannot be transported in baggage intended for the bulk aircraft.

Items prohibited on the person or in carry-on luggage

Passengers will not be allowed to carry the following items to the security restricted areas and aircraft cabins.

Guns and weapons in general

Any object that can launch a projectile or causing injury appearing capable, such as:

  • All kinds of firearms
  • Reproductions of firearms and imitation firearms
  • Component parts of firearms (excluding telescopic sighting devices and sights)
  • Pistols and air rifles and shotguns
  • Pistols to launch flares
  • Guns "Starter" exit.
  • Toy guns of any kind
  • Ball guns
  • Bolt guns and nail guns for industrial use
  • Springs
  • Catapults
  • Harpoons and spear guns
  • Humane killers
  • Devices to stun or cause injury such as cattle prods or laser pistols.
  • Lighters shaped like a firearm

Weapons or sharp objects or edges

  • Axes and hatchets
  • Arrows and darts
  • Crampons
  • Harpoons and spears
  • Ice axes and ice picks
  • Ice skates
  • Lockable or knives of any length
  • Knives, including ceremonial knives, with blades longer than 6 cm, made of metal or any other material strong enough to be used as a weapon,
  • Cleavers
  • Machetes
  • Knives and razor blades open (except safety razors or disposable, whose blades enclosed)
  • Sabers, swords and sword canes
  • Scalpels
  • Scissors with blades exceeding 6 cm. length
  • Ski and hiking poles
  • Throwing Stars
  • Tools that can be used as a pointed or edged weapon (e.g. drills and drill bits, knives, saws, screwdrivers, crowbars, hammers, pliers, wrenches, wrenches, soldering lamps, etc. ....)

Blunt instruments

Any blunt instrument that can cause injury, such as:

  • Baseball and softball bats
  • Sticks and batons, rigid or flexible (truncheons, batons, etc ... ..)
  • Cricket bats
  • Golf sticks
  • Hockey sticks
  • Bates or lacrosse sticks
  • Kayak and canoe paddles
  • Skateboard
  • Pool Cues
  • Fishing rods
  • Martial arts equipment.

Explosives and flammable substances

Any explosive or flammable substance constitutes a risk to the health of passengers and crew and for the safety of aircraft or property:

  • Ammunition
  • Withering
  • Detonators and fuses
  • Explosives and explosive devices
  • Replica or imitation explosive material or devices
  • Mines and other explosive military use
  • Grenades of all types
  • Gas and gas containers (butane, propane, acetylene, oxygen) in large volume
  • Fireworks, flares and other pyrotechnics (including party poppers and toy caps)
  • Matches (excluding security)
  • Cartridges smoke generators
  • Flammable liquid fuels (gasoline, diesel, lighter fluid, alcohol, ethanol, etc.)
  • Aerosol spray paint
  • Turpentine and paint thinner
  • Volumetric alcoholic beverages whose alcohol content exceeds 70%

Chemicals and toxic substances

Any chemical or toxic substances constitutes a risk to the health of passengers and crew and for the safety of aircraft or property:

  • Acids and alkalis (e.g., wet batteries that may cause spills)
  • Corrosive or bleaching substances (mercury, chlorine, etc.)
  • Disabling or incapacitating sprays (mace, pepper spray, tear gas, etc.)
  • Radioactive material (e.g., isotopes for medical or commercial use)
  • Poisons
  • Materials infections or biological hazardous (e.g. infected blood, bacteria and viruses)
  • Material capable of spontaneous ignition or combustion
  • Fire extinguishers


Liquids, except those in individual containers with a capacity not exceeding 100 milliliters, contained in one transparent resalable plastic bag with a capacity not exceeding 1 liter. The contents of the plastic bag must fit comfortably and the bag must be completely closed. Liquids include gels, pastes, lotions, liquid / solid mixtures and the contents of pressurized containers, e.g. toothpaste, gel, drinks, soups, syrups, perfume, shaving foam, aerosols and other items of similar consistency.

More information on liquids allowed in "baggage"

Items prohibited in checked luggage

There may be placed on hold baggage the articles listed below:

  • Explosives (including detonators, fuses, grenades, mines and explosives)
  • Gas (including propane and butane)
  • Flammable liquids (including gasoline and methanol)
  • Flammable solids and reactive substances (including magnesium, firelighters, fireworks and flares)
  • Oxidizers and organic peroxides (including bleach and car body repair kits)
  • Toxic or infectious substances (including rat poison and infected blood)
  • Radioactive material (including isotopes for medical or commercial use)
  • Corrosive (including mercury and vehicle batteries)
  • Parts of the fuel system components which have contained fuel.

Prohibited Items

  • Portfolios security safes: Safety equipment such as briefcases, safes, money bags, etc. ... incorporating dangerous goods such as lithium batteries and / or pyrotechnic material, are totally forbidden.
  • Disabling elements: It is forbidden to carry (both checked baggage and carry-on baggage) disabling items such as gas for self-defense sprays, etc. ... containing disabling or irritants.
  • Liquid oxygen devices: Personal medical devices using liquid oxygen (both as hand baggage)
  • Magnetized material: Any material that, when packing for transport by air has a magnetic field strength of 0418 A / m (0.00525gauss) or more at a distance of 2.1 m (7ft) from any point on the surface of the assembled package.

ICAO - Additional clarifications on new lithium ion shipment restrictions.

Subsequent to the recent decision by the ICAO Council to prohibit the carriage of lithium ion batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft, the UN aviation agency has issued the following clarifications:

  • Passenger baggage:
    • Lithium ion batteries carried by passengers in their personal electronic devices, whether in their carry-on or checked baggage, are not affected by this new restriction.
    • Passengers must not pack spare lithium ion batteries in checked baggage. Spares must be packed in carry-on baggage or carried on the person
  • Baggage shipped by air as cargo:
    • Lithium ion batteries may no longer be packed in baggage shipped independently as cargo.
    • Lithium ion batteries in mishandled baggage, or excess passenger baggage shipped as cargo, are permitted so long as they also satisfy the requirements of points 1 and 2 above.
  • Global versus local government and airline requirements:
    • Passengers should verify local government and airline regulations which are set out in order to ensure full compliance with all applicable requirements specific to their voyage.
    • The new prohibition is not voluntary and must be adhered to by all 191 State parties to the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention).