Prohibited and Restricted Items for Air Freight

Prohibited and Restricted Items for Airfreight.  Planning ahead and proper packing can result in a much smoother screening process and improve your travel experiences at the airports when checking in and out once you arrive in the destination country. If you have studied well the items which you are allowed to carry, check in and travel with, before leaving, it makes for a much more pleasurable trip all round.  You can check allowances before arriving at the airport, in fact best to do this several days before leaving while you are at the packing stage.  There are plenty of websites that offer the information you need to know with regard to what items are restricted and prohibited from being transported by air freight.  Reference websites to research which items can and cannot fly, can be found on google search,  but you’ll notice information documented on your e-ticket from the airline you have chosen to fly with.

Prohibited and Restricted items, may be considered as Dangerous goods & are not permitted to fly.  A permit or license must be obtained if airfreight is required for air freighting dangerous goods for commercial purposes.

Even if an item is permitted it may have volume or weight limits, and in all cases, your luggage may be subject to screening and may not necessarily be permitted – this is entirely at the discretion of customs.   If it reaches a checkpoint and triggers an alarm, appears to have been tampered with, or poses security concerns it will likely cause delays and initiate the process for investigation on the spot, consequently will result in delayed customs clearance.   Illegal items found may result in huge fines or imprisonment.   Read about civil penalties for prohibited items.

Restrictions apply whether they are Carry on or Checked Items

Below is a helpful list, to consider when packing for goods to travel by air freight:


Carry on Checked
Aerosols are prohibited with the exception of personal care items or toiletries in limited quantities. i X
Blasting Caps
Chlorine for Pools and Spas X X
Dynamite X X
Electronic Cigarettes and Vaping Devices
The FAA prohibits these devices in checked baggage. Battery-powered E-cigarettes, vaporizers, vape pens, atomizers, and electronic nicotine delivery systems may only be carried in the aircraft cabin (in carry-on baggage or on your person). Check with your airline for additional restrictions. Remove all electronic cigarette and vaping devices from carry-on bags if checked at the gate or planeside. OK X
Fire Extinguishers and Other Compressed Gas Cylinders
Fireworks X X
Flammable Liquid, Gel, or Aerosol Paint X X
Flammable Paints X X
Cooking fuels and any flammable liquid fuel is prohibited. X X
Gas Torches
Gasoline X X
Gel-Type Candles X OK
Hand Grenades X X
Lighter Fluid X X
Lighters without fuel are permitted in checked baggage. Lighters with fuel are prohibited in checked baggage, unless they adhere to the Department of Transportation exemption, which allows up to two fueled lighters if properly enclosed in a DOT approved case. OK X
Liquid Bleach
Non-Flammable Liquid, Gel, or Aerosol
Up to 3.4 oz./100.55 ml or less that fit in one, clear, plastic, quart-sized, resealable bag. OK OK
Non-Flammable Liquid, Gel, or Aerosol
More than 3.4 oz./100.55 ml. X OK
Realistic Replicas of Explosives X X
Realistic Replicas of Incendiaries X X
Recreational Oxygen
Non-medically required, flavored or canned oxygen containers are prohibited. X X
Safety Matches
One book of safety (non-strike anywhere) matches are permitted as carry-on items, but all matches are prohibited in checked baggage. OK X
Small Compressed Gas Cartridges
Up to two in life vests and two spares. The spares must accompany the personal flotation device and presented as one unit. OK OK
Spillable Batteries
Except those in wheelchairs. X X
Spray Paint
Strike-anywhere Matches X X
Tear Gas
Self-defense sprays containing more than 2% by mass of Tear Gas are prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage. X X
Torch Lighters
Torch lighters create a thin, needle-like flame that is hotter (reaching 2,500 °F) and more intense than those from common lighters.  Torch lighters are often used for pipes and cigars, and maintain a consistent stream of air-propelled fire regardless of the angle at which it is held. X X
Turpentine and Paint Thinner
Vehicle Airbags X X
There are other hazardous materials that are regulated by the FAA. This information is summarized at
 Less than 3.4oz / 100 ml allowed.