What You Can and Can’t Take on a Flight

With the rise of global insecurity and terrorism, the world has become far more security conscious over the last decade. Whether you’re flying to a resort in Bali or a Qatar hotel, going by plane is now a far more serious operation. The following is a brief list of the items that you can and can’t take on flights — though to be 100 per cent sure, you should always check with your airline before you start to pack.

Carry on

Yes – The following items are usually allowed to be brought on board a flight in your hand luggage.

  • Spoons
  • Scissors less than 6cm
  • Disposable razor
  • Nail clippers
  • Knitting needles
  • Sewing needles
  • Umbrella
  • Contact lens solution (less than 100 ml)
  • Tweezers
  • Round ended scissors
  • Mobile phone
  • Laptop
  • Camcorder
  • Pager
  • Electric shaver
  • Blackberry
  • Hairdryer
  • Tablets and capsules
  • Inhalers
  • Syringes
  • Oxygen cylinders (with permission only)
  • Baby Food

No – The following items are generally NOT permitted to be brought on board a flight with you.

  • Knife (sharp, pointed or longer than 6cm is not allowed)
  • Scissors over 6cm
  • Fireworks
  • Cigarette lighter
  • Golf clubs
  • Pool cue
  • Crossbow
  • Hiking poles
  • Firearms
  • Darts
  • Martial arts equipment (such as nunchaku or “nunchucks”)
  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Blowtorch
  • Harpoon
  • Fishing rod
  • Catapult
  • Sling shot
  • Vehicle batteries
  • Acids
  • Oxidisers
  • Poisons
  • Infectious Substances
  • Dynamite
  • Gun powder
  • Smoke canisters
  • Grenades
  • Flares
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Blasting caps

Checked Luggage

Yes – For most airlines, the following items can be flown with, providing they are packed away in your checked-in luggage.

  • Large knife
  • Large scissors
  • Corkscrew
  • Ice skates
  • Golf clubs
  • Pool cues
  • Fishing rods
  • Harpoon
  • Catapult
  • Firearms (check with your airline before travelling)
  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver
  • Blowtorch
  • Crow bar
  • Wrench
  • Nail gun
  • Stanley knife
  • Saw
  • Syringes
  • Tablets
  • Gel ice packs

No – The following items are generally not permitted to be transported on flights, either as checked-in or carry on luggage

  • Radioactive material
  • Oxidisers
  • Acids
  • Plastic explosives
  • Smoke canisters
  • Dynamite
  • Mines
  • Detonators
  • Blasting caps
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Corrosives

While there are general regulations as to what you can and can’t take on a flight, each airline has its own policy as well, so if you’re getting ready for a trip and are unsure whether or not you can take a certain item along with you, call your airline for a definitive answer. It’s always better to know what you can and can’t take ahead of time, as it’s horrible to have to toss items out at security in order to be permitted to board the plane.

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