Dangerous Goods

Information for private pilots and non-airline companies such as shippers and freight forwarders.

The UK legal requirements for the carriage of dangerous goods by air are contained within the Air Navigation (Dangerous Goods) Regulations AN(DG)Rs and are applicable to all aircraft registered in the UK and all foreign registered aircraft operating within UK airspace, including private pilots, aircraft and helicopters owners and operators.  This page provides a summary of what dangerous goods are and the items that cannot be carried as baggage or cargo, except those items permitted to be carried by passengers and crew.

What are dangerous goods?

Many items which might appear to be harmless in everyday use can pose dangers wherever they are carried on an aircraft and are consequently forbidden for carriage by passengers either in the cabin or in their checked baggage. 

Examples of forbidden items include:

Explosivesfireworks, flares, party poppers, toy caps
Gasesmace, camping gas, culinary glazing torches
Flammable Liquidsmachines with petrol fuelled engines (including those which have been drained), petrol, lighter fluid
Flammable Solidsnon-safety matches
Oxidisersbleach
Poisonspesticides
Corrosivescar batteries, mercury

Approvals and Exemptions

Accidents and Incidents

Dangerous Goods Manuals

Information for Operators:

Training and Guidance