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Carriage of dangerous goods



The passengers are prohibited to carry dangerous substances and goods in their baggage. The term “dangerous goods” applies to hazardous articles and substances that may pose a threat to a person’s health, safety, property or environment and that are classified according to technical instructions. 


Carriage of dangerous articles by air is regulated by Annex 18 of the Convention on International Civil Aviation  of 7 December 1944, and Document  9284 of the International Civil Aviation Organization “Technical Instructions for the Safe Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Air” (Doc 9284).

Please note that this informative material does not mention all the examples of dangerous goods because the list of dangerous substances and goods in the Instruction is very large.

In order to avoid misunderstandings and conflicts during the security check, we recommend you:

  • when purchasing a ticket, consult the carrier’s representative about the effective proscriptions, because each airline has the right to impose additional restrictions on carriage of dangerous goods on its aircraft;
  • prior to departure to carefully read the rules of your airline (you can find them on the airline’s home page);
  • prior to checking in for the flight, look at the informative visual materials displayed in the check-in area  on the articles and  substances prohibited for air carriage.

The following substances and goods are considered dangerous (Doc 9284)

  • Explosive flammable substances and devices, e.g. sparklers, fireworks, gunpowder, dynamite, signal flares, fuses, ammunition, detonators, explosives etc.;
  • Various gases and items containing them, e.g., propane, butane, acetylene, lighter filling  aerosols, fire extinguishers, liquid nitrogen, tear gas, pepper gas, insecticide aerosols etc.; 
  • Flammable liquids and products containing them, such as paint, strong alcohol, turpentine, petrol, varnish and paint solvents, nail varnish remover, lighter fuel, stain remover etc.;
  • Solid substances that ignite easily, such as matches, white and yellow phosphorus, calcium carbide, lithium, magnesium, dry spirits, etc.;
  • Oxidizing substances and organic peroxides, such as bleaching powder, car bodywork sprays, mineral fertilisers, chemical oxygen generators, calcium, chlorine solutions for swimming pools, permanganate, etc.;
  • Poisonous (toxic) and infectious substances, biologically hazardous materials, such as rat poison, slug and snail bait,insecticides, arsenic, strychnine, pesticides, viruses, bacteria, infected blood, medical and clinical waste, various fuel additives, etc.;
  • Radioactive materials including medical or industrial izotopes,
  • Corrosive substances, such as quicksilver, mercury thermometers and barometers, acid accumulators, lithium batteries and accumualtors, acids, concentrated vinegar etc.;
  • Other dangerous products and environmentally hazardous substances, such as asbestos, dry ice, parts of the vehicle fuel supply system that have been in contact with fuel, magnets, polymer  products, battery operated means of conveyance etc.

Exceptions to dangerous goods (Doc 9284)

Several dangerous goods, if they comply with the criteria listed in the instruction (weight/volume restrictions, packing requirements) may be carried in the passenger baggage (cabin or hold baggage) or on one’s person. To such items belong for example: 

  • hygenic goods (including aerosols) – hairspray, perfume, eau de cologne, etc.  (together with aerosols containing non-flammable, non-toxic gas, without additional risk and alcohol containing medicines, must not exceed 2 kg or 2 l; maximum volume of one item 0.5 l or 0.5 kg);
  • medicines containing alcohol – iodine solution in spirits, Brilliant Green solution, caugh syrups etc. (together with aerosols containing non-flammable, non-toxic gas, without additional risk and alcohol containing medicines, must not exceed 2 kg or 2 l);
  • aerosols containing non-flammable, non-toxic gas, without additional risk, intended for sports or household needs ( together with hygenic goods and medicines containing alcohol may not exceed 2 kg or2 l);
  • alcoholic beverages in retail packing with alcohol content up to  70% – vine, vodka etc. (maximum total volume per person is 5 l);
  • energy saving electric bulbs  in retail packing intended for personal use;
  • hair curling tongs operated with hydrocarbon gas   (not exceeding 1 pc.);
  • medical or clinical thermometer (not exceeding 1 pc.);
  • electronic devices (including medical), containing lithium metal or lithium-ion cells or batteries, such as   watches, calculators, video and photo cameras, mobile phones etc.  Batteries must not exceed  2 g for lithium metal batteries and 100 Wh for lithium-ion batteries;
  • spare batteries, including lithium metal or lithium-ion cells or batteries intended for electronic consumer goods;
  • mobile electric appliances with acid-free batteries packed according to the instruction, with voltage up to 12 V  and power up to 100Wh;
  • one small box of matches (except Strike anywhere maches) or one lighter (except Blue flame or Cigar lighter), not containing non-absorbed liquid fuel is permitted for carriage on one’s person only.

Subject to a prior agreement with the carrier, it is allowed to carry as an exception for example:

  • electric wheelchairs or similar means of conveyance with acid-free batteries;
  • electric wheelchairs or similar means of conveyance with acid batteries;
  • means of conveyance (collapsible) with lithium-ion batteries;
  • tourist stoves and fuel bottles (empty) that had contained a flammable liquid fuel;
  • professional mercury termometers and barometers;
  • safety devices operated with lithium batteries;
  • spare lithium batteries for portable electric appliances, if  Wh exceeds 100 Wh in lithium-ion batteries and the content of lithium in lithium metal batteries exceeds 2g;
  • dry ice (up to 2.5 kg);
  • oxygen or air in cylinders intended for medical use with gross weight up to  5 kg.

Samples of goods prohibited for carriage and most freqently found in the passengers’ baggage:

  • Strike anywhere type matches;
  • Blue flame lighters;
  • Cigar lighters;
  • liquid oxygen systems;
  • self-defence devices (tear-gas, pepper-gas sprays etc.);
  • electric shock veapons containing lithium batteries;
  • briefcases with security systems, cash safes etc. containing lithium batteries.
If you have any queries regarding the rules of carriage of dangerous goods, please call – 1817 (paid call). For calls from abroad: +371 29311817.