Prohibited baggage

Don't risk it all

Holiday makers and returning travellers are being reminded about what they can and cannot bring back to the UK by Border Force to avoid the risk of losing all of their goods.

Travellers are often unaware that if they bring in more duty-free from outside the EU and fail to declare it, Border Force can seize all of their goods and not just those in excess of their allowance.

Equally, if Border Force is satisfied that EU duty-paid goods are for a commercial purpose, officers can seize all your goods.

The goods seized may include any luggage or vehicle used to transport them so Border Force’s message for summer travellers is – ‘Don’t Risk It All’.

The Rules - Travelling within the EU

You can bring an unlimited amount of most goods into the UK, for example, you can bring in any alcohol, tobacco, meat and dairy products – as long as they are for your own use and transported by you. ‘Own use’ means for your own consumption or gifts.

Find out more about limits and guideline quantities considered to be above ‘own use’ –
Food and plant products

Food and plant product imports pose serious health risks – both to the public and to the environment. There are strict rules about bringing them to the UK to reduce the risk of pests and diseases entering the country.

Find out more abut the rules on bringing food products to the UK –

and bringing fruit, vegetables and plant products to the UK –
Endangered animals and plants

You are not allowed to bring internationally protected endangered animals and plants, or products made from them, into the UK unless you have a CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) permit. The illicit trade in animal products is a serious contributory factor in the threat of extinction faced by many endangered species.

Prohibited Hand Baggage Items

There are sets of items that are prohibited from being carried in the cabin of an aircraft, or on the person. Customers are asked to remove such items from their hand baggage. The following are lists of articles that may not be carried into a restricted zone, or the cabin of an aircraft:
Guns, Firearms & Weapons

Any object capable, or appearing capable, of discharging a projectile or causing injury, including, but not limited to:

Air pistols / rifles and pellet guns
All firearms (pistols, revolvers, rifles, air rifles, shotguns etc.)
Animal humane killers
Animal stunners
Ball bearing guns
Bows and arrows
Component parts of firearms (excluding telescopic sighting devices and sights)
Compressed air and CO2 pistols/rifles
Dynamite, gunpowder and plastic explosives
Harpoon & spear guns
Industrial bolt and nail guns
Lighters shaped like firearms
Replica and imitation firearms
Signal flare pistols
Starter pistols
Stun or shocking devices (e.g. cattle prods, ballistics conducted energy weapons, tasers)
Toy guns of all types

Blunt Instruments

Any blunt instrument capable of causing injury, including, but not limited to:

Baseball and softball bats
Billiard, snooker and pool cues
Clubs or batons – rigid or flexible (e.g. billy clubs, blackjacks, nightsticks and batons)
Cricket bats
Fishing rods
Golf clubs
Hockey sticks
Kayak and canoe paddles
Lacrosse sticks
Martial arts equipment (e.g. knuckle dusters, clubs, coshes, rice flails, num chucks, kubatons and kubasaunts)

Pointed / Edged Weapons & Sharp Objects

Pointed or bladed articles capable of causing injury, including, but not limited to:

Arrows and darts
Axes and hatchets
Harpoons and spears
Household cutlery
Hypodermic syringes (unless for a proven medical purpose)
Ice axes and ice picks
Ice skates
Knives, including ceremonial knives, with blades of more than 6 cm, made of metal or any other material strong enough to be used as a potential weapon
Lockable or flick knives with blades of any length
Meat cleavers
Open razors and blades (excluding safety or disposable razors with blades enclosed in cartridge)
Sabres, swords & swordsticks
Scissors with blades more than 6 cm in length
Ski and walking / hiking poles
Throwing stars
Tradesman’s tools that have the potential to be used as a pointed or edged weapon (e.g. drills and drill bits, box cutters, utility knives, all saws, screwdrivers, crowbars, hammers, pliers, wrenches / spanners, blow torches)

Chemical and toxic substances

Disabling or incapacitating sprays (e.g. mace, pepper/acid spray, tear gas, capsicum and acid sprays, animal repellent sprays)
Dead Game Birds & Dead Fish

Any dead game birds or fish carried in your hand baggage must be for personal consumption only. It must also be carried in small quantities, in vacuum shrink wrapped, sealed plastic.
Items Not Recommended For Carriage as Hold Baggage

The list below shows items which are not recommended for carriage as hold baggage:

Christmas trees and types of foliage
Commercial samples of value
Crockery, ornaments, etc
Hat boxes (cardboard variety)
Musical instruments, without hard casing
Overpacked items and/or any item which requires binding to hold it together as a result of overpacking
Precision instruments
Television sets, video recorders, tape recorders, computers, compact disc players and other portable items of this nature
Wicker work baskets or items of a similar nature

bmi regional will NOT accept the transport of Self balancing scooters, balance gliders, hoverboards or self-balancing boards of any type which use lithium or lithium ion batteries in either checked or carry-on baggage.


The carriage of ammunition must also travel under the following conditions:

Must be carried in the hold of the aircraft
No more than 5kg of ammunition per person allowed
Must be packed in a box made of wood, metal, or fibreboard
The ammunition must be secured within the box against movement

If you are in excess of 5kg of ammunition, you must safely and securely dispose of it.

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the necessary documentation required for the import or export of firearms.


Glass bottles should be carried in your hand baggage. This is in order to prevent damage to your own baggage, in addition to that belonging to other customers.

Buggies, Pushchairs and Carry Cots

Carry cots must be stowed in hold of the aircraft; however, under very special circumstances, we may allow for it to be carried in the cabin. The baby must however be removed from the cot during travel.

Christmas Crackers

Christmas crackers are permitted as hold or hand baggage; however, they must remain in their original, unopened, retail packaging. Restricted to one box per passenger.

Dead Game Birds & Dead Fish

When travelling within the UK & EC, dead game birds and fish may be carried in your baggage. Any dead game birds or fish carried in your hold baggage must be suitably packed and sealed in such a way that they:

Cannot leak and contaminate other baggage or cargo
Cause a hygiene risk
Cause offensive odours likely to be objectionable to fellow passengers

Electronic Equipment

The following items may be used during the flight; however, only while the seat belt sign is switched off:

Laptop computers
Electronic games
CD players
Cassette players
Video cameras

Currently mobile phones should not be used at any time during flight, as they may cause interference.


bmi regional will not allow customers to retain custody of firearms and other weapons in the cabin of the aircraft.

Firearms are carried free of charge on bmi regional services, but only if within your baggage allowance.

The firearm will be carried subject to correct documentation and clearance by Customs or the Police and certain conditions. Firearms and other weapons will only be accepted for carriage under the following conditions:

Any firearms should be unloaded, that is, free of ammunition
They can only be accepted as hold baggage
They must be packed in a hard shell container
A firearms label must be attached and signed by the passenger

Please contact reservations on 0844 4172 600 if you have any queries about baggage.

* Direction of travel is defined as to the final bmi regional operated destination.

Fragile Articles

Fragile articles have to be adequately packed to prevent damage.

Mobile Phones

Mobile phones may not be used at any time during the flight.

Mobile phones must be switched off once the aircraft doors are closed. You are not permitted to leave your mobile phone in standby mode.

Electronic Cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes must not be carried in hold baggage to prevent any fire risk from accidental activation. They are permitted for carriage in cabin baggage, along with any spare lithium batteries for the device. The batteries must also be protected from short circuiting when carried.

Musical Instruments

Musical instruments can be carried as hold baggage, free of charge, as long as the instrument(s) remains within your allocated size and weight allowance. Excess baggage rates apply if the allowance is exceeded.

Certain instruments, such as cellos, can be carried in the cabin, subject to an additional seat being purchased, as follows:

One item per passenger permitted
Charge the same fare for the instrument as the passenger (excluding tax)
Choose two adjacent seats – one for the passenger and one next to the passenger for the cello
Cello to be secured by the safety belt with extension if necessary
Maximum weight of the item – 75kgs with the centre of the mass no more than 30cms above the top of the seat cushion
No seats adjacent to an emergency exit may be used

Please Note: Double Bass must be carried in the hold of the aircraft at all times.

Items completely forbidden for carriage

These items are forbidden from carriage under any circumstances when travelling with bmi regional.

Party Poppers
Durian Fruit
Chinese lanterns
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:
– 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