Prohibited and dangerous items


Carrying prohibited items and dangerous goods can endanger the safety and security of you and others.

Q1 What are dangerous goods?
A1 Those who do suffer should request a seat in the mid-section of the cabin where movements are less pronounced, and keep the motion sickness bag, provided at each seat, readily accessible. They should also consult their doctor or travel medicine physician about medication that can be taken before flight to help prevent problems.

Class No, Description & Common Examples

Class 1 – Explosives For e.g. Christmas bon boons, crackers, fireworks, ammunition, bombs, etc.
Class 2 – Gases For e.g. Gas cylinders, aerosols under pressure, lighters, butane, etc.
Class 3 – Flammable liquids For e.g. Perfumes, alcoholic beverages, petrol, paint, adhesives, etc.
Class 4 – Flammable solids For e.g. Matches, charcoal, sulphur, celluloid etc
Class 5 – Oxidizers & Organic Peroxides For e.g. Bleaches, pool chlorine, hydrogen peroxide, etc.
Class 6 – Toxic Materials & Infectious Substances For e.g. Pesticides, insecticides, poisons, blood samples from infected patients either humans or animals, bacteria etc.
Class 7 – Radioactive Material For e.g. Radioactive medicines, illuminating paints, smoke alarms etc.
Class 8 – Corrosives For e.g. Acids, wet batteries, mercury, repair kits etc.
Class 9 – Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods For e.g. Dry ice, pepper spray, magnetized material, etc.

Q2 Do items in our daily use contain dangerous goods?
A2 Dangerous goods transportation is regulated because they have potential to injure people or damage property when handled improperly. Internationally, such articles and substances are governed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air & IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations.

Q3 Why & how are dangerous goods regulated?
A3 Yes they definitely do if the other traffic is not aware of their operating areas and what altitude they can reach during the operation, but if regulated , authorized and they operate in a designated area that are noted and well defined they will indeed cause no harm to other operating traffic.

Q4 Where can I find out more about the rules?
A4 Airlines websites & reservation offices
UAE Civil Aviation Regulations (CARs)
ICAO Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air
IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations

Q5 Do all airlines allow passengers to carry dangerous goods onboard the aircraft?
A5 No. As a general rule passengers are not permitted to transport dangerous goods on board an aircraft in their carry-on baggage, checked baggage or on their person.

Kindly contact the airline you wish to fly to confirm the exact requirements. Not all airlines allow carriage of dangerous goods in passengers’ checked and/or carry-on baggage. Remember that airlines are not obliged to transport a particular substance or product. They are free to impose requirements beyond and above the regulations.

Q6 As a passenger, should I comply with these regulations?
A6 Yes, by all means. However, there are some exceptions that will allow you to carry certain dangerous goods in your carry on or checked baggage. Details of these items may be found in the ICAO Technical Instructions for the safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air and IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations. You should check with your airline or travel agent if you are unsure whether you can take a particular item onboard.

Q7 What happens if I do not follow the rules?
A7 In the most serious cases, undeclared dangerous goods can kill and injure people, such as airline passengers, airline employees, and others. Think ‘Safety ‘before you pack your baggage.

Governments can levy significant penalties for violating the rules which may include fines and/or imprisonment.

Q8 What are the Prohibited items?
A8 Prohibited items may not necessarily fall into dangerous goods classification but due their properties they can be restricted as checked and/or carry-on baggage for safety and security reasons. For example, sharp and pointed edges objects like knives, scissors, axes, open razors, screwdrivers etc. The items like inflated objects, handcuffs, cable ties, metal cutlery can also be restricted by some airlines.

Each airline follows its own Conditions of Carriage, which may indicate what you cannot take onboard or pack in your checked baggage. It is advisable to check with your airline whether an item can be taken onboard before you get to the airport.