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

Posted on September, 10, 2019 By : Admin
Toronto to New Delhi flights

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 things which are not allowed to be carried along 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 the things which are not allowed to carry while flying in 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 Defense Items

Martial Arts or self defense item like Billy Clubs, Black Jacks, Brass Knuckles, Kubatons, Mace/Pepper Spray, Martial Arts Weapons, Night Sticks, Nunchakus, Martial Arts/Self Defense 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:-


Check the restricted items in Emirates airlines.

First of all powders under 350 ml milliliters 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 milliliter. If the carried containers are larger than 100 ml milliliter 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 liter. 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

  • 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.

Restricted items

  • 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 spillable 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 onboard 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. e.g
    • 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:


Avalanche packsAvalanche packs that contain 1.4s and CO2 are not allowed in carry-on or checked baggage.
Lithium batteriesLoose lithium batteries are not permitted in checked baggage on any United flight.
Camping equipmentCamping equipment that contains fuel, such as camping stoves, is not permitted in checked or carry-on baggage
Defense SpraysMace and pepper sprays are not permitted in carry-on or checked baggage.
Dry IceClick here High-value, Fragile and Perishable Items(
Dry Shippers & Liquid NitrogenLiquid 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, FireworkFireworks, gunpowder, flares, flare guns and fireworks novelties such as holiday poppers or “Christmas crackers”
FirearmsNot allowed* (Read in Details)(
Gasoline-powered tools and equipmentGasoline-powered tools and equipment, such as chainsaws and gas-powered weed cutters, are not allowed in baggage unless they are brand-new
Household ItemsHousehold items which are flammable or corrosive.
Recreational self-propelled vehicleany 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 jacketUnited 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, MatchboxTorch lighters,  E-cigarettes, Matchbox are banned from carry-on baggage.
Mobility device
Ready-to-eat mealsReady-to-eat meals (MREs) are not allowed in carry-on or checked baggage due to the heat they generate.
Scuba TanksTanks under 450 PSI are not permitted in carry-on or checked baggage.
Self-balancing battery-powered luggageIn the interest of safety for our customers and employees, we do not accept self-balancing, riding luggage as checked or carry-on baggage.
Shock absorbersShock absorbers contain compressed gas or residual vapors or gasoline, and therefore are not permitted in checked or carry-on baggage.
Smart bagssmart bags with non-removable lithium batteries are not allowed on United or United Express®
Stun gunsNot allowed
TasersNot allowed
Sports EquipmentRead More (
Wet IceNot allowed
Dry iceDry ice in quantities greater than 5.5 pounds is Not allowed


Alcoholic Beverages
Beverages less than 24% alcohol by volumeNo Restriction
Beverages from 24%-70% alcohol by volume5 Liters/Customer, Must be in Receptacles smaller than 5 Liters
Beverages More than 70% alcohol by volumeNot Allowed

 These items are restricted by United Airways


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:-



Alcoholic beverages over 140 proofNot Allowed
Alcoholic beverages over 70 percent by volumeExpandNot 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/epoxiesNot Allowed
Chain sawsNot Allowed
BleachNot Allowed
Spray starchNot Allowed
InsecticidesNot Allowed
Drain cleanersNot Allowed
SolventsNot Allowed
AerosolsNot Allowed
Oven or bathroom cleanersNot Allowed
HoverboardsNot Allowed
Balance wheelsNot Allowed
Electric small scootersNot Allowed
Intelligent scootersNot Allowed
MatchesNot Allowed


Box cuttersNot Allowed
MaceNot Allowed
Vapor cigarettesNot Allowed
FireworksNot Allowed
GunpowderNot Allowed
Flares/flare gunsNot Allowed
Swingless golf club load stripsNot Allowed
RiflesNot Allowed
ShotgunsNot Allowed
AmmunitionNot Allowed
FuelNot Allowed
PaintsNot Allowed


Recreational MarijuanaNot Allowed
Medical MarijuanaNot Allowed
Electric wheelchairs with spillable batteriesNot Allowed
Spray cansNot Allowed
ButaneNot Allowed
FuelNot Allowed
Propane tanksNot Allowed
CO2 cartridgesNot Allowed
Self-inflating raftsNot Allowed
Recreational oxygenNot Allowed
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devicesNot Allowed
Flameless meal products such as Heater MealsNot Allowed
Meals Ready-To-Eat (MREs)Not Allowed
CO2 cartridges for inflation purposesNot Allowed
DrillsNot Allowed
HammersNot Allowed
SawsNot Allowed


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