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List of Restricted Items In Carry-on Baggage on Major Airlines


Nobody wants to spend extra hours with TCA officers. Yes many of the passengers have to face this problem on the airport. This generally happens because of extra carriage or carriage of prohibited and restricted items. Every airline has a List of Restricted Items In Carry-on Baggage on Major Airlines while flying.

So it’s better to check in advance and save your and airport officer’s time. Sometimes this may put you behind the bars or investigation. Keep all things in your mind while booking your flights to India. Generally explosive things, sharp objects, flammable and radioactive materials like things are not allowed, let us check in details about each airline.

(1) Air India:-

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Here is the List of Restricted Items In Carry-on Baggage Air India Flights.

Sharp Objects

Sharp objects are not allowed in Air India flights. It includes Box Cutters, Meat Cleavers, Ice Axes, Ice Picks, Knives (any length and type except round-bladed, butter, and plastic cutlery), Razor-type blades such as box cutters, utility knives, razor blades not in a cartridge, but excluding safety razors, Sabres and Sword. If you have packed anything accidently on incidentally in your bag then don’t take risk and unpack it without any second thought.

Sporting Goods

Sporting goods like baseball Bats, Bows and Arrows, Cricket Bats, Golf Clubs, Hockey Sticks, Lacrosse Sticks, Pool Cues, Ski Poles and Spear Guns are not allowed in Air India Airways.

Guns and Firearm

Guns and Firearm are strictly prohibited in Air India Flights. If you have any of the above listed materials then remove them instantly from your bag. It includes Ammunition, BB guns, Compressed Air Guns, Firearms, Parts of Guns and Firearms, Pellet Guns, Realistic Replicas of Firearms, Starter pistols.


Tools like Axes and hatchets, Cattle Prods, Crowbars, Hammers, Drills (including cordless portables power drills), Saws (including cordless portable power saws), Screwdrivers (except those in eyeglass repair kits), Tools (including but not limited to wrenches and pliers), Wrenches and Pliers are also restricted in Air India Flights.

Martial Arts/Self Defence Items

Martial Arts or self defence item like Billy Clubs, Black Jacks, Brass Knuckles, Kubatons, Mace/Pepper Spray, Martial Arts Weapons, Night Sticks, Nun-chakus, Martial Arts/Self Defence Items, Stun Guns/Shocking Devices and Throwing Stars are restricted.

Explosive Materials

Explosive materials like Flare Guns, Gun Lighters and Gun Powder, Explosive material are not allowed. Furthermore blasting caps, Dynamite, Fireworks, Flares (in any form), Hand Grenades, Plastic Explosives and Realistic Replicas of Explosives are also not allowed.

Compressed gases

Compressed gases such as Butane, Oxygen, Liquid nitrogen and Aqualung cylinders are prohibited. Deeply refrigerated, flammable, non-flammable and poisonous are restricted in Air India Flights.

Flammable Items

Flammable items like Aerosol (any except for personal care or toiletries in limited quantities), Fuels (including cooking fuels and any flammable liquid fuel), Gasoline, Gas Torches, Lighter Fluid, Strike anywhere matches, Turpentine and Paint Thinner and Realistic Replicas of Incendiaries are not allowed in Air India Flights.

Oxidizing materials

Oxidizing material such as bleaching powder, peroxides are strictly prohibited in flights. So avoid carrying this kind of material along with you.

Poisonous and infectious substances

Don not carry poisonous substances like Such as insecticides, weed-killers, and live virus materials in flight.

Radio-active materials

Radioactive materials like Such as acids, alkalis, mercury, wet cell batteries (except those in wheelchairs), oven or drain cleaners are prohibited while flying.

Dangerous articles

Other dangerous articles like magnetized, offensive or irritating materials are prohibited. Briefcases and attaché cases with installed alarm devices are also not allowed.

Carriage of Battery cells

The carriage of battery cells in hand baggage for any electrical/electronic items is allowed now and it will now not be removed at the security point. Besides those batteries spare/loose, including lithium-ion cells or batteries, for portable electronic devices must be carried in carry-on baggage only.

If you are carrying lithium metal batteries then the lithium metal content must not exceed 2 g and for lithium-ion batteries, the Watt-hour rating must not exceed 100 Wh. Articles that have the primary purpose as a power source, e.g. power banks are considered as spare batteries. These batteries must be individually protected to prevent short circuits. Each person is limited to a maximum of 20 spare batteries.

Carriage of ‘Kirpan’ By Sikh Passengers

As we all know that “Kirpan” is a religious symbol in Sikhism, so it is allowed to be carried by Sikh passengers but the dimensions of the ‘Kirpan’ must not exceed a total maximum length of 9 inches (22.86 cms.), including the length of the blade not exceeding 6 inches (15.24 cms.) and the length of the handle not exceeding 3 inches (7.62 cms).


(2) Emirates:-


List of Restricted Items In Carry-on Baggage Emirates Airlines.

First of all powders under 350 ml millilitres may be subject to additional screening.

Transporting liquids

  • All liquids, gels and aerosols, pastes, lotions, creams, drinks and other items of similar consistency must be in containers with a capacity no greater than 100 ml millilitre. If the carried containers are larger than 100 ml millilitre then they will not be accepted, even if the container is only partially filled.
  • These containers must be placed in a transparent re-sealable plastic bag of a maximum capacity not exceeding one litre. Larger bags or bags that are non-sealable, such as fold-over sandwich bags, are not allowed.
  • You will need to present the plastic bag for visual examination at the security screening point. Only one bag per customer will be permitted.
  • Exemptions will be made for medications, baby milk or foods, and special dietary requirements, but you will need to show an appropriate means of verifying the nature of these items.

Sports equipment and musical instruments

Emirates airlines provide no special free baggage allowance for the carriage of musical instruments. But the musical instruments can be carried on Emirates flights in three different ways:

  • Firstly, as normal checked baggage which will be subjected to the usual limitations.
  • After that, as normal cabin baggage, subject to the usual limitations
  • Musical instruments are also allowed to carry as cabin baggage on an unoccupied seat in the passenger cabin if the instrument is within the usual size and weight limits for carry-on items. They are also allowed to carry on a paid-for seat in the passenger cabin if the instrument exceeds those limits.

Personal motorized vehicles are not allowed on board

Emirates airlines can’t accept personal motorized vehicles such as hover boards, mini-Segways and smart or self-balancing wheels on their flights. We can’t carry them either as checked-in baggage or as hand luggage as they contain large lithium batteries. This regulation still applies even if you’re connecting to Emirates flights from an airline that has accepted them. This is because of the safety reasons.

 Restricted items and dangerous goods

List of Restricted Items
Real or toy weapons
Arms and ammunition
Anything containing explosives (e.g, fireworks or fire crackers)
Knives of any kind, type, shape or size
Letter openers
Metal cutlery
Razor blades and straight razor blades
Tradesmen’s tools
Nail files
Hypodermic needles and syringes
Knitting needles
Laser pointers

These are some important restricted items by Emirates airways


(3) Singapore Airlines:-


Here is the list of the items which are prohibited in Singapore airlines.

Prohibited items List by Major Airlines In Carry-on Baggage

  • Singapore airlines not allow explosive items, fireworks, munitions, flares, Christmas crackers, sparklers, party poppers and pyrotechnics in the carry bag.
  • After that, lithium batteries or pyrotechnic materials are also not allowed.
  • Compressed gases (flammable, non-flammable, or poisonous) such as butane, propane, aqualung cylinders, lighter fuels, or refills are prohibited by Singapore airlines.
  • Lighters (butane, absorbed fuel, electric, battery-powered, novelty) are also restricted to carry.
  • Oxidizing substances such as bleaching powder and peroxides are not allowed in carry baggage.
  • Never pack flammable liquids such as paints and adhesives in your bag.
  • Don’t carry flammable solids such as safety matches and articles which can be easily ignited.
  • Disabling devices such as mace or pepper sprays, with irritant properties are prohibited.
  • Poisons such as arsenic, cyanides, or insecticides are not allowed.
  • Radioactive materials are strictly prohibited.
  • Also, corrosive materials such as mercury (which may be contained in thermometers or blood pressure gauges,) acids, alkalis, and wet cell batteries are not allowed to carry.
  • Meals-Ready-to-Eat (MREs) is not allowed.
  • Firearms/parts of firearms such as revolvers, rifles, imitation firearms, pellet guns, ball-bearing guns, barrels, and trigger assembly are not allowed.
  • Ammunition including blank, spent / empty cartridges are not allowed.
  • Never carry toy guns (replicas and imitation firearms that may be mistaken for real weapons)
  • Any other substances which, during a flight, present a danger not covered above, such as magnetized, offensive, or irritating materials is restricted to carry.

List of Restricted Items In Carry-on Baggage on Singapore Airlines

  • First of all knives (including hunting knives, swords, and pocket knives) are strictly restricted.
  • Scissors and any other sharp/bladed objects (e.g. ice-pick, nail clippers, embroidery, crocheting and knitting needles) considered illegal so don’t dare to carry them.
  • Besides those weapons like whips, nan-chakus, baton and stun guns are not allowed.
  • Don’t carry handcuffs.
  • Sporting equipment such as baseball/cricket bats, golf clubs, hockey sticks, billiard cues are not allowed to carry.
  • Devices with spill able batteries are not allowed.
  • Apart from all these aerosols (hair sprays, perfumes, medicines containing alcohol) exceeding 0.5 KG or 0.5 L per article and 2.0 KG or 2.0 L in total weight are not allowed.
  • Release valves on aerosols must be protected by a cap or other suitable means to prevent inadvertent release of the contents, otherwise, they are not allowed.
  • Electronic devices that cannot be switched off (e.g. Furby toys) are restricted in the plane.
  • Furthermore Toy guns that do not resemble weapons, such as plastic water guns
  • Any other items which are deemed security hazards by local law are also restricted.
  • Items that resemble or have similar functions to the above items are restricted.
  • E-cigarettes and Lithium Batteries are not allowed.

Cabin baggage:

  • If you are carrying a Lithium battery then it must not exceed 160 Wh.
  • After that, Lithium battery must be removable but may remain installed in the device.
  • The baggage must be within the cabin baggage allowance.
  • All transmitting functions (example: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi) must comply with the PED restrictions in the on-board Passenger Safety Information Card.

Check-in baggage:

  • First of all Lithium battery must be removed and carried into the cabin.
  • After that Lithium battery must not exceed 160 Wh.
  • Also, each passenger can carry a maximum of 2 spare lithium batteries of 100-160Wh into the cabin.
  • Powder-like substances 350ml or larger are also subjected to additional screening and are prohibited in the cabin. eg
    • Talcum Powder
    • Flour
    • Sugar
    • Ground Coffee
    • Spices
  • Liquids, aerosols and gels are allowed in cabin baggage if they’re kept in containers of not more than 100ml each, even if the containers are only partially filled.


(4) United Airlines:


List of Restricted Items In Carry-on Baggage By UNITED AIRLINES :
Item Description
Avalanche packs Avalanche packs that contain 1.4s and CO2 are not allowed in carry-on or checked baggage.
Lithium batteries Loose lithium batteries are not permitted in checked baggage on any United flight.
Camping equipment Camping equipment that contains fuel, such as camping stoves, is not permitted in checked or carry-on baggage.
Defence Sprays Mace and pepper sprays are not permitted in carry-on or checked baggage.
Dry Ice Click here High-value, Fragile and Perishable Items .
Dry Shippers & Liquid Nitrogen Liquid nitrogen is permitted in checked and carry-on baggage. However, it cannot be accompanied by an item that is considered a dangerous good, such as an infectious substance.
Explosive Material, Firework Fireworks, gunpowder, flares, flare guns and fireworks novelties such as holiday poppers or “Christmas crackers”.
Firearms Not allowed
Gasoline-powered tools and equipment Gasoline-powered tools and equipment, such as chainsaws and gas-powered weed cutters, are not allowed in baggage unless they are brand-new.
Household Items Household items which are flammable or corrosive.
Recreational self-propelled vehicle any recreational self-propelled vehicle or device designed to carry one or more persons or goods, and which moves by use of a lithium battery-powered electric motor is not allowed.
Life jacket United accepts one carbon dioxide (CO2) powered inflatable life jacket as checked or carry-on baggage. CO2 cartridges must be packed in checked baggage.
Lighters, E-cigarettes, Matchbox Torch lighters,  E-cigarettes, Matchbox are banned from carry-on baggage.
Mobility device
Ready-to-eat meals Ready-to-eat meals (MREs) are not allowed in carry-on or checked baggage due to the heat they generate.
Scuba Tanks Tanks under 450 PSI are not permitted in carry-on or checked baggage.
Self-balancing battery-powered luggage In the interest of safety for our customers and employees, we do not accept self-balancing, riding luggage as checked or carry-on baggage.
Shock absorbers Shock absorbers contain compressed gas or residual vapours or gasoline, and therefore are not permitted in checked or carry-on baggage.
Smart bags smart bags with non-removable lithium batteries are not allowed on United or United Express®.
Stun guns Not allowed
Tasers Not allowed
Sports Equipment Not allowed
Wet Ice Not allowed
Dry ice Dry ice in quantities greater than 5.5 pounds is Not allowed.


Alcoholic Beverages
Type Restriction
Beverages less than 24% alcohol by volume No Restriction
Beverages from 24%-70% alcohol by volume 5 Litres/Customer, Must be in Receptacles smaller than 5 Litres
Beverages More than 70% alcohol by volume Not Allowed

These items are in  List of Restricted Items In Carry-on Baggage on Major Airlines


United Airlines accept seafood as checked baggage if the following conditions meet

  • Seafood is accepted only if it is wrapped in a sealed protective material and packed in a leak-proof container.
  • Seafood will is not accepted if packed in wet ice or if packed in a Styrofoam container.
  • Finally, seafood carried in addition to baggage allowance will be assessed at the current excess baggage charge. In addition, seafood is subject to overweight and oversize charges.


(5) American Airlines:-

List of Restricted Items In Carry-on Baggage on Major Airlines

List of Restricted Items In Carry-on Baggage by American Airlines

Item Description
Alcoholic beverages over 140 proof Not Allowed
Alcoholic beverages over 70 percent by volume Expand Not Allowed
Damaged batteries
Automobile, boat or aircraft batteries
Not Allowed
Portable electronic devices containing cells or batteries (including lithium) and spares for these devices not intended for personal use: Not Allowed
Gas torches (including micro-torches and torch lighters) Not Allowed
Flammable glues/epoxies Not Allowed
Chain saws Not Allowed
Bleach Not Allowed
Spray starch Not Allowed
Insecticides Not Allowed
Drain cleaners Not Allowed
Solvents Not Allowed
Aerosols Not Allowed
Oven or bathroom cleaners Not Allowed
Hover boards Not Allowed
Balance wheels Not Allowed
Electric small scooters Not Allowed
Intelligent scooters Not Allowed
Matches Not Allowed


Item Description
Box cutters Not Allowed
Mace Not Allowed
Vapor cigarettes Not Allowed
Fireworks Not Allowed
Gunpowder Not Allowed
Flares/flare guns Not Allowed
Swing less golf club load strips Not Allowed
Rifles Not Allowed
Shotguns Not Allowed
Ammunition Not Allowed
Fuel Not Allowed
Paints Not Allowed


Item Description
Recreational Marijuana Not Allowed
Medical Marijuana Not Allowed
Electric wheelchairs with spill able batteries Not Allowed
Spray cans Not Allowed
Butane Not Allowed
Fuel Not Allowed
Propane tanks Not Allowed
CO2 cartridges Not Allowed
Self-inflating rafts Not Allowed
Recreational oxygen Not Allowed
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices Not Allowed
Flameless meal products such as Heater Meals Not Allowed
Meals Ready-To-Eat (MREs) Not Allowed
CO2 cartridges for inflation purposes Not Allowed
Drills Not Allowed
Hammers Not Allowed
Saws Not Allowed