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Items not recommended for checked baggage

Dangerous Goods

To ensure the safety of the aircraft, and all those on board, passengers checked-in or hand baggage must not contain articles or substances that could pose a danger (some exemptions apply), these include:

  • Explosives – ammunitions, fireworks, flares etc.
  • Compressed gases (flammable, non-flammable, deeply refrigerated and poisonous) such as camping gas and aerosols
  • Flammable liquids such as lighter fuels, paints and thinner
  • Flammable solids such as matches and articles which are easily ignited such as firelighters
  • Substances liable to spontaneous combustion
  • Substances which on contact with water emit flammable gases
  • Oxidising substances (such as bleaching powder and peroxides)
  • Poisonous (toxic) and infectious substances such insecticides, weed killers and live virus materials
  • Radioactive materials
  • Corrosives such as mercury (which may be contained in thermometers) acids, alkalis and wet cell batteries
  • Disabling devices such as mace, pepper spray, etc. containing an irritant or incapacitating substance are prohibited on the person, in checked and carry-on baggage
  • Briefcases and security type attaché cases with installed alarm devices; or incorporative lithium batteries and/or pyrotechnic material except as provided for in the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations
  • Personal medical oxygen devices that utilise liquid oxygen are prohibited
  • Electro shock weapons (e.g. Tasers) containing dangerous goods such as explosives, compressed gases, lithium batteries, etc.
  • Magnetised materials and miscellaneous dangerous goods as listed in the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations

Some dangerous goods items may be carried in the aircraft cabin but are not acceptable in hold baggage:-

  • Cigarette lighters (on the person only, not in hand baggage – these should require two independent actions by the user to activate ignition.)
  • Matches (on the person only not in hand baggage)

Note – Strike anywhere matches and “Blue flame” or “Cigar” lighters are forbidden on all air transport.

  • Power banks/spare batteries (acceptable in hand baggage but must be protected against short circuit*)
  • E-cigarettes (acceptable in cabin baggage)

*Batteries can short circuit and catch fire if they are carried loose in your bag. They must be protected against contact with other metal items (e.g.by being in their original packaging or own protective case/cover) and carried in your hand baggage. Equipment containing correctly installed batteries can be packed in your checked baggage

These limitations are shown in the following poster which has a summary of this information:-

Medicines and toiletries

You may take non-radioactive medicinal items or toiletries (including aerosols) like hairsprays, perfumes, colognes and medicines containing alcohol, in limited quantities in your checked and hand baggage:

  • Single articles must not weigh more than 0.5kg or 0.5 litres (1.1lb or 1pt).
  • Combined articles must not weight more than 2.0 kg or 2.0 litres (4.4lbs or 2.0qt)
  • Release valves on aerosols must be protected by a cap or other suitable means to prevent inadvertent release of the contents

Some of the quantities stated above are further restricted by current security restrictions, if these items are carried as hand baggage.

Miscellaneous items

You must be aware that items such as the following need to be approved by us at least 48hrs in advance prior to carriage. Failure to seek prior approval may result in the item not being permitted for travel.

It is also important to note that customers with onward connections on other airlines must obtain a separate approval for their item from the other airlines involved.

  • Ammunition
  • Carbon dioxide, solid (dry ice)
  • Battery-powered wheelchairs or other similar mobility devices with non-spillable wet batteries or with batteries which comply with Special Provision A123 or A199
  • Battery-powered wheelchairs or other similar mobility devices with spillable batteries or with lithium batteries
  • Battery-powered mobility aids with lithium ion batteries (collapsible)
  • Heat producing articles
  • Mercury barometer or thermometer
  • Lithium battery – powered electronic devices
  • Small non-flammable gas cartridges
  • Oxygen or air, gaseous, cylinders
  • Spare Lithium batteries
  • Portable medical electronic devices (Automated External Defibrillators (AED), Nebulizer, Oxygen Concentrators (POC), Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machines (CPAP) containing lithium metal or lithium ion cells or batteries
  • Avalanche rescue backpack
  • Chemical agent monitoring equipment
  • Camping stoves and fuel containers that have contained a flammable liquid fuel
  • Security-type equipment containing lithium batteries

Certain items of dangerous goods are specifically prohibited from being in the hold (checked-in baggage)

e.g. Mercury barometer or thermometer when carried by a representative of a government weather bureau or similar official agency, Spare lithium batteries and all spare batteries, including lithium metal or lithium ion cells or batteries. These items must be removed when your cabin baggage cannot be accommodated in the cabin due to limitations on stowage space on our Embraer aircraft.

If there is any doubt as to the whether your item is permitted to be carried on a flybmi flight then advice and approval for carriage must be sought. – Please call our contact centre on 0844 4172 600.