The following items are prohibited from being carried on board aircraft by passengers as cabin baggage.

Category 1: Firearms, guns and weapons

  • Air pistols, rifles and pellet guns
  • All firearms (pistols, revolvers, rifles, shotguns, etc.)
  • Animal humane killers
  • Ball bearing guns
  • Catapults
  • Component parts of firearms (excluding telescopic sighting devices and sights)
  • Cross bows
  • Harpoon and spear guns
  • Industrial bolt and nail guns
  • Lighters shaped like a firearm
  • Replica and imitation firearms
  • Signal flare pistols
  • Starter pistols
  • Stun or shocking devices, e.g. cattle prods, ballistic conducted energy weapons (teaser)
  • Toy guns of all types

Category 2: Pointed/edged weapons and sharp objects

  • Axes and hatchets
  • Arrows and darts
  • Crampons
  • Harpoons and spears
  • Ice axes and ice picks
  • Knives, both real and ceremonial knives, made of metal or any other material strong enough to be used as a potential weapon
  • Meat cleavers
  • Machetes
  • Open razors and blades (not safety or disposable razors with blades enclosed in cartridge)
  • Sabres, swords and swordsticks
  • Scalpels
  • Scissors (blunt or rounded-ended scissors lessthan 6 cm allowed)
  • Ski and walking/hiking poles
  • Throwing stars
  • Tradesman’s tools that have the potential to be used as a pointed or edged weapon, e.g. drills and drill bits, box cutters, utility knives, all saws, screwdrivers, crowbars, hammers, pliers, wrenches/spanners, blow torches.

Category 3: Blunt instruments

  • Baseball and softball bats
  • Billiard, snooker and pool cues
  • Clubs or batons – rigid or flexible e.g. Billy clubs, blackjacks, night sticks and batons
  • Cricket bats
  • Fishing rods
  • Golf clubs
  • Hockey sticks
  • Kayak and canoe paddles
  • Lacrosse sticks
  • Martial arts equipment e.g. knuckledusters, clubs, coshes, rice flails, num chucks, kubatons, kubasaunts
  • Skateboards

Category 4: Explosives and flammable substances

  • Aerosol spray paint or equivalent
  • Alcoholic beverages exceeding 70% by volume (140% proof)
  • Ammunition
  • Blasting caps
  • Detonators and fuses
  • Explosives and explosive devices
  • Fireworks, flares in any form and other pyrotechnics (including party poppers and toy caps)
  • Flammable liquid fuel, e.g. petrol/gasoline, diesel, lighter fluid, alcohol, ethanol
  • Gas and gas containers, e.g. butane, propane, acetylene, oxygen – in large volume
  • Grenades of all types
  • Mines and other explosive military stores
  • Non-safety matches
  • Replica or imitation explosive material or devices
  • Smoke generating canisters or cartridges
  • Turpentine and paint thinner

Category 5: Chemical and toxic substances

  • Acids and alkalis, e.g. spillable ‘wet’ batteries
  • Corrosive or bleaching substances, e.g. mercury, chlorine
  • Disabling or incapacitating sprays, e.g. mace, pepper spray, tear gas
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Infectious or biological hazardous material, e.g. infected blood, bacteria and viruses
  • Material capable of spontaneous ignition or combustion
  • Poisons
  • Radioactive material, e.g. medicinal or commercial isotopes

2.      All such items detected at screening points should be removed from passengers and disposed of in accordance with procedures contained in the respective Airport Security Programme (ASP), or Aircraft Operator Security Programme for the disposal of prohibited items. All airport managements and aircraft operators shall, with immediate effect, ensure that these items are contained within their relevant Security Programmes, and that appropriate procedures for their removal and disposal are developed and implemented.

3.      Airline operators shall ensure that in addition to the items mentioned above, the following items shall never be carried on an aircraft in hold baggage:

  • Corrosives
  • Explosives
  • Flammable liquids
  • Flammable solids and reactive substances
  • Gases
  • Miscellaneous fuel system components which have contained fuel
  • Oxidizers and organic peroxides
  • Radioactive material
  • Toxic or infectious substances
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