Travelling with Security Related Items (e.g. Attache Cases)

Information for passengers about Dangerous Goods

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.

Security and Safety Related Equipment

Carry-on Baggage

Checked (hold) Baggage

On One's Person

Airline approval required 

Security type equipment such as attaché cases, incorporating dangerous goods as part of this equipment, for example lithium batteries or pyrotechnic material.

The equipment must be equipped with an effective means of preventing accidental activation.

If the equipment contains an explosive or pyrotechnic substance or an explosive article, this article or substance must be excluded from Class 1 by the appropriate national authority of the State of Manufacture in compliance with Part 2;1.5.2.1 of the ICAO Technical Instructions.

If the equipment contains lithium cells or batteries, these cells or batteries must comply with the following restrictions:

  • for a lithium metal cell, the lithium content is not more than 1 g;
  • for a lithium metal or lithium alloy battery, the aggregate lithium content is not more than 2 g;
  • for lithium ion cells, the Watt-hour rating is not more than 20 Wh;
  • for lithium ion cells, the Watt-hour rating is not more than 100 Wh; and
  • each cell or battery is of the type proven to meet the requirements of each test in the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria, Part III, subsection 38.3.

If the equipment contains gases to expel dye or ink, only gas cartridges and receptacles, small, containing gas with a capacity not exceeding 50 ml containing no constituents subject to the Instructions other than a non-flammable, non-toxic gas are allowed.

The release of gas must not cause extreme annoyance or discomfort to crew members so as to prevent the correct performance of assigned duties.

In case of accidental activation, all hazardous effects must be confined within the equipment and must not produce extreme noise.

Defective or damaged security type equipment is forbidden for air transport.

No

Yes

No

Yes

Smoke hood – without oxygen supply

Passengers are only permitted to carry smoke hoods which do NOT have an internal gaseous or chemical oxygen supply.

Yes

Yes

Yes

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