Travelling with Paints, Chemicals and Radioactive Material

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. 

Paints, Chemicals and Radioactive Material

Carry-on Baggage

Checked (hold) Baggage

On One's Person

Airline approval required 

Artist Paints

Artist watercolours and tubes of oil paints may be carried.

Thinners or turpentine substitute must not be carried.

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

N/A

 

Flammable Paints

Gloss paints are often flammable and must not be carried. Aerosol paints are also forbidden.

Most paint manufacturers place information on the tins to indicate whether the product is flammable, toxic or corrosive.

If in doubt, contact the manufacturer.

No

No

No

N/A

Water-based Paints

Generally water-based paint is permitted.

If in doubt, contact the manufacturer.

Yes

Yes

Yes

N/A

Instruments containing radioactive material not exceeding the activity limits specified in Table 2-12 of the ICAO Technical Instructions (i.e. chemical agent monitor (CAM) and/or rapid alarm and identification device monitor (RAID-M)), securely packed and without lithium batteries, when carried by staff members of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on official travel

Yes

No

No

Yes

Non-infectious specimens such as specimens of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish, insects and other invertebrates containing small quantities of Ethanol, Formaldehyde solution, flammable, alcohols or isopropanol are not subject ot the ICAO Technical Instructions but must comply with Special Provision A180 of the Technical Instructions.

Note: The passenger must contact the airline for further information prior to travel.

Yes

Yes

No

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