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.
Passengers must contact their airline in advance to gain approval when planning to travel with certain types of items as indicated below.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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) for each person.
Radioisotopic cardiac pacemakers or other devices, including those powered by lithium batteries
These must be implanted into a person as the result of medical treatment. Radio-pharmaceuticals contained within the body of a person must be as the result of medical treatment.