Dangerous and restricted items you cannot take on aircraft

Listed below is a comprehensive list of items that you can and cannot carry in your hand luggage.

This information was taken from the UK government travel information website in January 2017.

 ItemsAllowed in hand baggage?Allowed in hold baggage?
Corkscrew no yes
Spoonyes yes
Knife (with a sharp or pointed blade and/or a blade longer than 6cm) no yes
Small scissors (with blades no longer than 6cm) yes yes
Large scissors (with blades longer than 6cm) no yes
Round-ended/blunt scissors (of any length) yes yes
Fixed-cartridge razor blade (disposable razor) yes yes
Nail clippers/nail file yes yes
Tweezers yes yes
Knitting needles yes yes
Sewing needle yes yes
Umbrella yes yes
Walking stick/cane yes yes
Pushchair yes yes
Wheelchair yes yes
Safety matches yes no
‘Strike anywhere’ matches (non-safety matches) no no
Fireworks, flares and other pyrotechnics, including party poppers and toy caps no no
Cigarette lighter no (but you may carry a single lighter on your person) no
Contact lens solution yes (but no more than 100ml) yes

For detailed information on what liquids you can carry in your hand baggage, see aircraft cabin liquid restrictions

Electronic items and electrical goods

Note that you can’t use electronic devices at certain times during a flight. The flight crew will advise you or you can find more information on the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) website.

 ItemAllowed in hand baggage?Allowed in hold baggage?
Mobile phone yes (but you must not use your mobile once the aircraft doors have closed) yes
Laptop yes yes
MP3/CD/tape player yes yes
Camcorder yes yes
Pager yes yes
PDA/Blackberry yes yes
Hairdryer or hair straighteners yes yes
Camera and camera equipment yes yes
Travel iron yes yes
Electric razor/shaver yes yes

Sporting equipment

 ItemAllowed in hand baggage?Allowed in hold baggage?
Sports parachute yes yes
Bat, racquet or sports stick no yes
Snooker, pool or billiard cue no yes
Golf clubs no yes
Darts no yes
Walking/hiking poles no yes
Ice skates no yes
Fishing rod no yes
Catapult no yes
Firearms (including replica firearms) nocheck with airline before you travel
Harpoon or spear gun no yes
Crossbow no yes
Martial arts equipment, including knuckledusters,   clubs, coshes, rice flails and nunchuks no yes
Diving equipment (note that oxygen cylinders for diving are not allowed either in hand baggage or hold baggage) yes yes

Work tools

 ItemAllowed in hand baggage?Allowed in hold baggage?
Tool with a blade or shaft longer than 6cm (screwdriver, chisel etc.) no yes
Drill and drill bits no yes
Stanley knife no yes
Saw (includes portable power saw) no yes
Screwdriver no yes
Hammer no yes
Pliers no yes
Wrench or spanner no yes
Bolt gun or nail gun no yes
Crowbar no yes
Blowtorch no yes

Medication and medical equipment

You may be asked to prove that any medication or medical equipment is necessary for the duration of your trip. You can do this by showing a copy of your prescription or a letter from your doctor. Only take in your hand baggage what you need for the trip.

 ItemAllowed in hand baggage?Allowed in hold baggage?
Cooling gel packs yes(but you will need approval from the airline or airport) yes
Medical equipment (CPAP and TENS machines, etc.) yes yes
Tablets and capsules yes(there is no restriction on the number of tablets or capsules you can carry) yes
Essential liquid medicines yes(but you will need approval from the airline or airport to carry over 100ml) yes
Hypodermic syringes yes yes
Inhalers yes yes
Oxygen cylinders yes(but always check with your airline first)

Baby food and baby milk

You are allowed to take enough baby food or milk for the journey in your cabin baggage. In some cases this may be over 100ml. The adult carrying the baby food or milk may be asked to taste it.

 ItemAllowed in hand baggage?Allowed in hold baggage?
Breast milk, formula milk or cow’s milk yes(but only if baby is  travelling with the parent) yes
Powdered milk yes(with no restriction on the amount that can be carried) yes
Sterilised water yes(but must be in a baby’s bottle) yes
Soya milk for babies yes yes
Baby food of various consistencies yes yes

Chemicals and toxic substances

 ItemAllowed in hand baggage?Allowed in hold baggage?
Oxidisers and organic peroxides, including bleach and car body repair kits no no
Acids and alkalis (spillable ‘wet’ batteries etc.) no no
Corrosives or bleaching agents, including mercury and chlorine no no
Vehicle batteries and vehicle fuel systems no no
Defensive/disabling sprays including mace, pepper spray and tear gas no no
Radioactive materials, including medicinal or commercial isotopes no no
Poisons and toxic substances, including rat poison no no
Infectious substances or biological hazards (infected blood, bacteria, viruses etc.) no no
Material that could spontaneously ignite or combust (burst into flames) no no
Fire extinguishers no no


 ItemAllowed in hand baggage?Allowed in hold baggage?
Guns or firearms of any kind (includes air rifles, starting pistols etc.) nocheck with airline before you travel
Blasting caps no no
Detonators and fuses no no
Replica or imitation explosive devices, including replica and model guns no no
Mines, grenades and other explosive military stores no no
Fireworks and other pyrotechnics no no
Smoke canisters no no
Smoke cartridges no no
Dynamite no no
Gunpowder no no
Plastic explosive, including black powder and percussion caps no no
Flares in any form no no
Hand grenades no no
Gun cigarette lighters no no