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A Guide to Dangerous Goods

Refer to the chart below to determine if the items you plan to bring with you are allowed for air transportation.

Dangerous Goods or hazardous material (HAZMAT) are items that due to their chemical or physical qualities could endanger the safety of an aircraft or persons on board the aircraft. The transportation of such items is restricted and governed by the Civil Aviation Regulations. Emirates restricts all smart balance wheels (with or without lithium batteries removed) to be transported as checked-in or carry-on luggage. Dangerous Goods must not be carried in (or as) passenger or crew-checked baggage or carry-on baggage, except as indicated in the table below.

Dangerous GoodsPermitted in or as carry-on baggagePermitted in or as checked in baggageThe approval of the operator is requiredNote: You do not need EK approval if it conforms to IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations
Alcoholic beverages, when in retail packaging, containing more than 24% but not more than 70% alcohol by volume, in receptacles not exceeding 5 L, with a total net quantity per person of 5 L.YesYesNo
Ammunition (cartridges for weapons), securely packaged (in Div. 1.4S, UN 0012 or UN 0014 only), in quantities not exceeding 5 kg gross weight per person for that person’s own use. Allowances for more than one person must not be combined into one or more packages.NoYesYes
Avalanche rescue backpack, one (1) per person, containing a cartridge of compressed gas in Div. 2.2. May also be equipped with a pyrotechnic trigger mechanism containing no more than 200 mg net of Div. 1.4S. The backpack must be packed in such a manner that it cannot be accidentally activated. The airbags within the backpacks must be fitted with pressure relief valves.YesYesYes
Batteries spare/loose, including lithium metal or lithium ion cells or batteries, for portable electronic devices must be carried in carry-on baggage only. Articles which have the primary purpose as a power source, e.g. power banks are considered as spare batteries. These batteries must be individually protected to avoid short-circuit.YesNoNo
Camping stoves and fuel containers that have contained a flammable liquid fuel, with empty fuel tank and/or fuel container may be carried provided the fuel tank of the camping stove, and/or fuel container has been completely drained of all liquid fuel and action has been taken to nullify the danger.NoYesYes
Chemical Agent Monitoring Equipment, Instruments containing radioactive material not exceeding the activity limits specified in IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations Table 10.3.C, 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.YesYesYes
Disabling devices such as mace, pepper spray, etc. containing an irritant or incapacitating substance are forbidden on the person, in checked and carry-on baggage.ForbiddenForbiddenForbidden
Dry ice (carbon dioxide, solid), in quantities not exceeding 2.5 kg per person when used to pack perishables not subject to these Regulations in checked or carry-on baggage, provided the baggage (package) permits the release of carbon dioxide gas. Checked baggage must be marked “dry ice” or “carbon dioxide, solid” and with the net weight of dry ice or an indication that there is 2.5 kg or less dry ice.YesYesYes
e-cigarettes (including e-cigars, e-pipes, other personal vaporizers) containing batteries must be individually protected to prevent accidental activation.YesNoNo
Electro shock weapons (e.g. Tasers) containing dangerous goods such as explosives, compressed gases, lithium batteries, etc. are forbidden in carry-on baggage or checked baggage or on the person.ForbiddenForbiddenForbidden
Fuel cells, and spare fuel cartridges powering portable electronic devices (e.g. cameras, cellular phones, laptop computers, and camcorders). Extra information can be obtained from the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations or the airline.YesYesNo
Gas cartridges, small, non-flammable, containing carbon dioxide or other suitable gas in Division 2.2. Up to two (2) small cartridges fitted into a self-inflating safety device such as a lifejacket or vest. Not more than one (1) device per customer, and up to two (2) spare small cartridges per person, not more than four (4) cartridges up to 50 mL water capacity for other devices.YesYesYes
Hair curlers containing hydrocarbon gas, up to one (1) per customer or crew-member, provided that the safety cover is securely fitted over the heating element. These hair curlers must not be used on board the aircraft at any time. Gas refills for such curlers are not permitted in checked or carry-on baggage.YesYesNo
Heat producing articles battery-powered equipment capable of generating extreme heat, which would cause a fire if activated, e.g. underwater torches (diving lamps) and soldering irons, providing that the heat producing component of the battery is packed separately so as to prevent activation during transport. Any battery that has been removed must be protected against short circuit.YesYesYes
Insulated packaging containing refrigerated liquid nitrogen (dry shipper), fully absorbed in a porous material containing only non-dangerous goods.YesYesNo
Internal combustion or fuel cell engines, must meet requirements of IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations Special Provision A70 which requires that the engine be free of any fuel used for that power.NoYesNo
Lamps, energy efficientwhen in retail packaging intended for personal or home use.YesYesNo
Lithium Batteries: Security type equipment containing lithium batteries can only be accepted in consultation with Group Security.NoYesYes
Lithium Batteries: Portable electronic devices containing lithium metal or lithium ion cells or batteries, including medical devices such as portable oxygen concentrators (POCs) and consumer electronics such as cameras, mobile phones, laptops and tablets, when carried by customers or crew for personal use. Batteries must not exceed 2 g for lithium metal batteries and 100 Wh for lithium ion batteries.YesYesNo
Lithium Batteries, spare/loose with a Watt-hour rating exceeding 100 Wh but not exceeding 160 Wh for consumer electronic devices and Portable Medical Electronic Devices (PMED) or with a lithium content exceeding 2g but not exceeding 8 g for PMED only. Maximum of two spare batteries in carry-on baggage only. These batteries must be individually protected to prevent short circuit.YesNoYes
Lithium battery-powered electronic devices. Lithium ion batteries for portable (including medical) electronic devices, a Wh rating exceeding 100 Wh but not exceeding 160 Wh. For portable medical electronic devices only, lithium metal batteries with a lithium content exceeding 2 g but not exceeding 8 g.YesYesYes
Matches, safety (one small packet) or a small cigarette lighter that does not contain unabsorbed liquid fuel, other than liquefied gas, intended for use by an individual when carried on the person. Lighter fuel and lighter refills are not permitted on one’s person or in checked or carry-on baggage. Note: “Strike anywhere” matches, “Blue flame” or “Cigar” lighters are forbidden.On one's personOn one's personNo
Mobility Aids: Battery-powered wheelchairs or other similar mobility devices with non-spillable-wet batteries or with batteries which comply with IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations Special Provision A123 or A199, provided the batteries are protected from short circuit, e.g. by being enclosed in a battery container, and the battery is securely attached to the wheelchair or mobility aid.NoYesYes
Mobility Aids: Battery-powered wheelchairs or other similar mobility devices with spillable batteries or with lithium batteries Provided that the wheelchair or mobility aid can be loaded, stowed, secured and unloaded always in an upright position then the battery may remain installed in the wheelchair. The battery terminals must be protected from short circuits, e.g. by being enclosed within a battery container, and the battery must be securely attached to the wheelchair or mobility aid. Extra limitations apply for Lithium batteries which can be obtained from Emirates. It is recommended that customers make advance arrangements with Emirates.NoYesYes
Mobility Aids: Battery-powered mobility aids with lithium-ion batteries (collapsible), lithium-ion battery must be removed and carried in the cabin. The batteries for such wheelchair must not exceed 300 Wh or for a device that is fitted with two batteries required for operation, each battery must not exceed 160 Wh. A maximum of one extra spare battery not exceeding 300 Wh or two spares each not exceeding 160 Wh each can be carried in the cabin.YesNoYes
Non-radioactive medicinal or toilet articles (including aerosols) such as hair sprays, perfumes, colognes and medicines containing alcohol. The total net quantity of all non-radioactive medicinal or toilet articles and non-flammable, non-toxic aerosols in Division 2.2, must not exceed 2 kg or 2 L, and the net quantity of each 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.YesYesNo
Non-flammable, non-toxic aerosols in Division 2.2, with no subsidiary risk, for sporting or home use. The total net quantity of all non-radioactive medicinal or toilet articles and non-flammable, non-toxic aerosols in Division 2.2, must not exceed 2 kg or 2 L, and the net quantity of each 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.NoYesNo
Oxygen or air, gaseous, cylinders required for medical use. The cylinder must not exceed 5 kg gross weight. Note: Liquid oxygen systems are forbidden for transport.YesYesYes
Permeation devices, for calibrating air quality monitoring equipment, must meet IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations Special Provision A41 (which details the packaging requirements).NoYesNo
Portable electronic devices containing non-spillable batteries, batteries must meet IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations Special Provision A67 and must not have voltage exceeding 12 V and a watt hour rating not exceeding 100 Wh. A maximum of 2 spare batteries may be carried.YesYesNo
Radioisotopic cardiac pacemakers or other devices, including those powered by lithium batteries, implanted into a person or fitted externally, or radiopharmaceuticals contained within the body of a person as the result of medical treatment.On one's personOn one's personNo
Security-type attaché cases, cash boxes, cash bags, etc. incorporating dangerous goods, such as lithium batteries and/or pyrotechnic material, except when authorized by the airline, are totally forbidden.ForbiddenForbiddenForbidden
Specimens, non-infectious packed in small quantities of flammable liquid, must meet IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations Special Provision A180 (details of special packaging requirements of such specimens can be obtained from the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations)YesYesNo
Thermometer, medical or clinical, which contains mercury, one (1) per person for personal use, when in its protective case.YesYesNo
Thermometer or barometer, mercury filled carried by a representative of a government weather bureau or similar official agency must be packed in a strong outer packaging, having a sealed inner liner or a bag of strong leak-proof and puncture-resistant material impervious to mercury, which will prevent the escape of mercury from the package irrespective of its position.YesNoYes
*Note: You do not need EK approval if it conforms to IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations