A Guide to Dangerous Goods

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

Dangerous goods or hazardous materials (HAZMAT) are items that, due to 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 Civil Aviation Regulations. Emirates restricts all smart-balance wheels (with or without lithium batteries removed) from being transported as checked or carry-on luggage. Dangerous goods must not be carried in (or as) passenger or crew checked or carry-on baggage, except as indicated in the table below.

Dangerous GoodsPermitted in or as carry-on baggagePermitted in or as checked baggageThe approval of the operator is requiredNote: You do not need EK approval if the item 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 liters, with a total net quantity per person of 5 liters.YesYesNo
Ammunition (cartridges for weapons), securely packaged (in Division 1.4S, UN 0012, or UN 0014 only), in quantities not exceeding 5 kilograms 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 per person, containing a cartridge of compressed gas in Division 2.2. May also be equipped with a pyrotechnic trigger mechanism containing no more than 200 milligrams net of Division 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, spareor loose, including lithium metal or lithium-ion cells or batteries, for portable electronic devices must be carried in carry-on baggage only. Articles whose primary purpose is to serve as a power source (e.g., power banks) are considered spare batteries. These batteries must be individually protected to avoid short-circuiting.YesNoNo
Camping stoves and fuel containers that have contained a flammable liquid fuel, with empty fuel tank andor fuel container. Camping stoves and fuel containers may be carried provided the fuel tank of the camping stove andor fuel container has been completely drained of all liquid fuel and action has been taken to nullify the danger.NoYesYes
Chemical agent monitoring equipment or instruments containing radioactive material not exceeding the activity limits specified in IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations Table 10.3.C (i.e., chemical agent monitors (CAM) andor rapid alarm and identification device monitors (RAID-M)), securely packed and without lithium batteries, carried by staff members of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on official travel.YesYesYes
Disabling devices, such as mace or pepper spray, containing an irritant or incapacitating substance. Such disabling devices are forbidden on the person and in checked and carry-on baggage.ForbiddenForbiddenForbidden
Dry ice (carbon dioxide, solid) in quantities not exceeding 2.5 kilograms 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” with the net weight of dry ice or an indication that there is 2.5 kilograms or less dry ice.YesYesYes
E-cigarettes (including e-cigars, e-pipes, and other personal vaporizers) containing batteries. Devices must be individually protected to prevent accidental activation.YesNoNo
Electro-shock weapons (e.g., Tasers) containing dangerous goods such as explosives, compressed gases, or lithium batteries. These devices are forbidden in carry-on 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). More information can be obtained from the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations or the airline.YesYesNo
Gas cartridges, small and nonflammable, containing carbon dioxide or other suitable gas in Division 2.2. Up to two small cartridges fitted into a self-inflating safety device such as a lifejacket or vest. Not more than one device per customer and up to two spare cartridges per person; not more than four cartridges of up to 50 milliliters capacity for other devices.YesYesYes
Hair curlers containing hydrocarbon gas, up to one 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, including battery-powered equipment capable of generating extreme heat that would cause a fire if activated (e.g., underwater torches (diving lamps) and soldering irons), provided that the heat-producing component is packed separately from the battery to prevent activation during transport. Any battery that has been removed must be protected against short-circuiting.YesYesYes
Insulated packaging containing refrigerated liquid nitrogen (dry shipper), fully absorbed in a porous material containing only nondangerous goods.YesYesNo
Internal combustion or fuel-cell engines. These must meet the requirements of IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations Special Provision A70, which requires that the engine be free of any fuel used for power.NoYesNo
Lamps, energy-efficient, in retail packaging and intended for personal or home use.YesYesNo
Lithium Batteries: Security 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 grams for lithium metal batteries and 100 watt-hours for lithium-ion batteries.YesYesNo
Lithium Batteries,spareor loose, with a rating exceeding 100 watt-hours but not exceeding 160 watt-hours for consumer electronic devices and portable medical electronic devices (PMED) or with a lithium content exceeding 2 grams but not exceeding 8 grams for PMED only. Maximum of two spare batteries in carry-on baggage only. These batteries must be individually protected to prevent short-circuiting.YesNoYes
Lithium battery-powered electronic devices Lithium ion batteries for portable (including medical) electronic devices, a watt-hours rating exceeding 100 watt-hours but not exceeding 160 watt-hours. For portable medical electronic devices only, lithium metal batteries with a lithium content exceeding 2 grams but not exceeding 8 grams.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 and “blue flame” or “cigar” lighters are forbidden.On one's personOn one's personNo
Mobility Aids: Battery-powered wheelchairs or similar mobility devices with non-spillable wet batteries or with batteries that comply with IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations Special Provision A123 or A199, provided the batteries are protected from short circuit (for instance, 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 in an upright position, the battery may remain installed in the wheelchair. The battery terminals must be protected from short-circuiting (e.g., by being enclosed within a battery container) and the battery must be securely attached to the wheelchair or mobility aid. Additional limitations apply to lithium batteries; information 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 must not exceed 300 watt-hours or for a device requiring two batteries for operation, each battery must not exceed 160 watt-hours. A maximum of one spare battery not exceeding 300 watt-hours or two spares not exceeding 160 watt-hours 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 nonflammable, nontoxic aerosols in Division 2.2 must not exceed 2 kilograms or 2 L, and the net quantity of each single article must not exceed 0.5 kilograms or 0.5 liters. Release valves on aerosols must be protected by a cap or other suitable means to prevent inadvertent release of the contents.YesYesNo
Nonflammable, nontoxic 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 nonflammable, nontoxic aerosols in Division 2.2 must not exceed 2 kilograms or 2 L, and the net quantity of each single article must not exceed 0.5 kilograms or 0.5 liters. 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 kilograms gross weight. Note: Liquid oxygen systems are forbidden for transport.YesYesYes
Permeation devices for calibrating air quality monitoring equipment. These devices must meet IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations Special Provision A41 (which details packaging requirements).NoYesNo
Portable electronic devices containing nonspillable batteries. Batteries must meet IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations Special Provision A67 and must not have voltage exceeding 12 volts and a watt-hour rating not exceeding 100 watt-hours. 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, or cash bags incorporating dangerous goods, such as lithium batteries andor pyrotechnic material. Except when specifically authorized by the airline, these are totally forbidden.ForbiddenForbiddenForbidden
Specimens, non-infectious, packed in small quantities of flammable liquid. These must meet IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations Special Provision A180 (details of special packaging requirements of such specimens can be obtained from IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations).YesYesNo
Thermometer, medical or clinical, containing mercury, one 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. The thermometer must be packed in strong outer packaging with a sealed inner liner or bag of leak-proof and puncture-resistant material impervious to mercury, to prevent the escape of mercury from the package regardless of its position.YesNoYes