Travelling with Medical Aids (Without Batteries)

Information for Passengers travelling with medical equipment

The following information is taken from the current edition of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air.

Restrictions implemented by other countries in the interests of aviation security may further limit or forbid the carriage of some of the items listed in these pages.  Additionally, airlines and security screening agencies have the right to refuse the carriage of certain items.

Passengers must contact their airline in advance for clarification of the regulations, or when planning to travel with dangerous goods that require the airline’s approval when indicated in the table below.

See also - Travelling with Portable Medical Electronic Devices and Mobility Aids containing Batteries.

Medical Aids

Carry-on Baggage

Checked (hold) Baggage

On One's Person

Airline approval required 

Small gaseous oxygen or air cylinders required for medical use.

Each cylinder must not exceed 5 kg gross mass. Cylinders, valves and regulators, where fitted, must be protected from damage which could cause inadvertent release of the contents.

Devices containing liquid oxygen are forbidden.

Air cylinders for other purposes, such as scuba diving, can only be carried if ‘empty’.

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Cylinders of a non-flammable, non-toxic gas, worn for the operation of mechanical limbs

Spare cylinders of a similar size are also allowed, if required, to ensure an adequate supply for the duration of the journey.

Yes

Yes

Yes

N/A

Small medical or clinical thermometer which contains mercury

No more than one per person, must be for personal use only and must be in its protective case.

Yes

Yes

Yes

N/A

Non-radioactive medicines (including aerosols)

The total net quantity per single article must not exceed 0.5 kg or 0.5 L.

Release valves on aerosols must be protected by a cap or other suitable means to prevent inadvertent release of the contents.

The total net quantity of medicines, toiletry articles and aerosols for sporting or home use must not exceed 2 kg or 2 L (e.g. four aerosol cans of 500 mL each).

Yes

Yes

Yes

N/A

Radioisotopic cardiac pacemakers or other medical devices, including those powered by lithium batteries

Must be implanted into a person or fitted externally as the result of medical treatment. Radio-pharmaceuticals contained within the body of a person must be as the result of medical treatment.

N/A

N/A

Yes

No