Articles Prohibited by EC Aviation Security


Passengers and carry-n baggage—List of prohibited articles

Without prejudice to applicable safety rules, passengers are not permitted to carry the following articles into security-restricted areas or onboard aircraft:

(a) Guns, firearms, and other devices that discharge projectiles—Devices capable, or appearing capable, of being used to cause serious injury by discharging a projectile, including

  • firearms of all types, such as pistols, revolvers, rifles, shotguns,
  • toy guns, and replicas and imitation firearms capable of being mistaken for real weapons; component parts of firearms except telescopic sights;
  • compressed air and CO2 guns such as pistols, pellet guns, rifles, and ball-bearing guns;
  • signal flare pistols and starter pistols;
  • bows, crossbows, and arrows;
  • harpoon guns and spear guns; and
  • slingshots and catapults.

(b) Stunning devices—Devices designed specifically to stun or immobilize, including

  • devices for shocking, such as stun guns, tasers, and stun batons;
  • animal stunners and animal killers; and
  • disabling and incapacitating chemicals, gases, and sprays, such as mace, pepper sprays, capsicum sprays, tear gas, acid sprays, and animal repellent sprays.

(c) Objects with a sharp point or edge—Objects with a sharp point or edge capable of being used to cause serious injury, including

  • items designed for chopping, such as axes, hatchets, and cleavers;
  • ice axes and ice picks;
  • razor blades;
  • box cutters;
  • knives with blades longer than 6 cm;
  • scissors with blades longer than 6 cm as measured from the fulcrum;
  • martial arts equipment with sharp points or edges;
  • and swords and sabers.

(d) Workmen’s tools—Tools capable of being used either to cause serious injury or to threaten the safety of aircraft, including

  • Crowbars;
  • Drills and drill bits, including cordless power drills;
  • Tools with blades or shafts longer than 6 cm capable of being used as a weapon, such as screwdrivers and chisels;
  • saws, including cordless power saws;
  • blowtorches;
  • and bolt guns and nail guns.

(e) Blunt instruments—Objects capable of being used to cause serious injury when used to hit, including

  • baseball and softball bats;
  • clubs and batons, such as billy clubs, blackjacks, and night sticks;
  • and martial arts equipment.

(f) Explosives and incendiary substances and devices—Explosives and incendiary substances and devices capable, or appearing capable, of being used to cause serious injury or to pose a threat to the safety of aircraft, including

  • ammunition;
  • blasting caps;
  • detonators and fuses; 
  • replica or imitation explosive devices;
  • mines, grenades, and other explosive military stores;
  • fireworks and other pyrotechnics;
  • smoke-generating canisters and smoke-generating cartridges;
  • and dynamite, gunpowder, and plastic explosives.

Checked baggage—List of prohibited articles

Passengers are not permitted to carry the following articles in their checked baggage:

Explosives and incendiary substances and devices—Explosives and incendiary substances and devices capable of being used to cause serious injury or to pose a threat to the safety of aircraft, including

  • ammunition,
  • blasting caps,
  • detonators and fuses,
  • mines, grenades and other explosive military stores,
  • fireworks and other pyrotechnics,
  • smoke-generating canisters and smoke-generating cartridges,
  • dynamite, gunpowder, and plastic explosives.