Passengers are prohibited to transport dangerous substances and articles in the baggage. Transportation of dangerous articles by air transport is regulated by Annex 18, International Civil Aviation Organization’s Technical Instructions For The Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (Doc 9284) (hereinafter referred to as the instructions), to the Convention on International Civil Aviation of 7 December 1944.
The term "dangerous articles" refers to dangerous products and substances that may endanger human health, safety, property or the environment, and are classified according to the technical instructions.
Please note that this informative material does not list examples of all dangerous articles, since the list of dangerous substances and articles set out in the instructions is very extensive.
To avoid misunderstandings and conflicts during security check, we recommend the following:
• when buying a flight ticket, consult the airline’s representative regarding any prohibitions, since the airline is entitled to impose additional restrictions in relation to the transportation of dangerous substances in their aircraft,
• before departure, read carefully the conditions of the airline whose services you are going to use; you can find them on the company's website,
• before you go to check-in, take a look at the informative materials located in the check-in area to learn more about articles and substances prohibited on the aircraft.
In case you have any additional questions regarding the conditions for transportation of dangerous substances, call 1817, or (+371) 29 31 18 17 for calls from abroad.
Dangerous substances include the following:
• Explosives and incendiary substances and devices, such as sparklers, fireworks, gunpowder, dynamite, signalling flares, safety fuses, ammunition, detonators, explosives, etc.;
• Various gases and articles containing them, such as propane, butane, acetylene, lighter refills (aerosols), fire extinguishers, liquid nitrogen, tear gas, pepper gas, pest control sprays aerosols, etc.;
• Flammable liquids and articles containing them, such as paint, strong spirits, turpentine, gasoline, paint and varnish solvents, nail polish removers, lighter fuel, stain removers, etc.;
• Flammable solids, such as matches, white and yellow phosphorus, calcium carbide, lithium, magnesium, dry spirit, etc.;
• Oxidising substances and organic peroxides, such as bleach, car body visual repair products, mineral fertilizers, chemical oxygen generators, calcium, chlorine solutions for pools, permanganate, etc.;
• Toxic and infectious substances, bio-hazardous materials, such as rat poison, snail control agents, pest control agents, arsenic, strychnine, pesticides, viruses, bacteria, infected blood, medical and clinical waste, various fuel additives, etc.;
• Radioactive materials, including medicinal and commercial isotopes;
• Corrosive substances and articles containing them, such as mercury, mercury thermometers and barometers, acid batteries, lithium batteries and accumulators, acids, vinegar essence, etc.;
• Other dangerous articles and environmentally hazardous substances, such as asbestos, dry ice, automotive fuel system components which have come into contact with fuel, magnets, polymer articles, battery-powered personal transportation devices, etc.
Exceptions of dangerous articles, which may be carried by passengers in certain quantities and packed properly
Some dangerous articles are allowed to be transported in the passenger’s baggage (cabin or checked) or pocket if they meet the criteria specified in the instructions (subject to certain weight/volume constraints, packaging requirements). Such exceptions include, for example:
• Hygiene products (including aerosols) – hair sprays, perfumes, colognes, etc. (total aerosols containing non-flammable, non-toxic gas, without additional risk, and alcohol-containing medicinal products, should not exceed 2 kg or 2 l, with a maximum unit capacity of 0.5 l or 0.5 kg);
• Medicinal products containing alcohol – alcoholic iodine solution, brilliant green alcohol solution, cough syrups, etc. (together with hygiene products and aerosols containing non-flammable, non-toxic gas, without additional risk should not exceed 2 kg or 2 l);
• Aerosols containing non-flammable, non-toxic gas, without additional risk, intended for sport or home use (together with hygiene products and medicinal products containing alcohol should not exceed 2 kg or 2 l)
• Alcoholic beverages in retail packaging with an alcohol content of 24% to 70% – vodka, etc. (maximum total capacity is 5 l per person);
• Energy saving lamps in retail packaging intended for personal use;
• Hair curlers containing hydrocarbon gas (no more than 1 piece);
• Medical or clinical mercury thermometer (not more than 1 piece);
• Portable electronic devices (including medicinal) containing lithium metal or lithium ion elements or matter, such as portable oxygen concentrators (POC), and household electronic devices, such as photo cameras, cell phones, tablets and USBs, portable chargers (energy banks), etc. Batteries may not exceed 2 g for lithium metal batteries and 100 Wh for lithium ion batteries;
• Separate batteries / spares, including lithium metal or lithium ion cells or batteries, designed for consumer electronic devices;
• Portable electronic devices with acid-free batteries, if they are packed in accordance with the criteria of the instructions, with up to 12 V voltage and up to 100 Wh capacity.
• Passengers are allowed to carry in their pockets one small book of matches or one lighter that does not contain unabsorbed liquid fuel;
• E-cigarettes (including e-cigars, e-pipes and other personal evaporators) equipped with batteries.
Subject to prior agreement with the air carrier, the following articles may be carried as an exception:
• Electric wheelchairs or other similar mobility devices with acid-free batteries;
• Electric wheelchairs or other similar mobility devices with lead-acid batteries;
• Mobility equipment (folding) with lithium-ion batteries;
• Hiking stoves and fuel cylinders (empty) that have been filled with flammable liquid fuel;
• Professional mercury thermometers or barometers;
• Lithium battery operated safety devices;
• Spare lithium batteries for portable electronic devices, if the number of Wh exceeds 100, or lithium content for lithium metal batteries is greater than 2 g;
• Dry ice (up to 2.5 kg);
• Oxygen or air in cylinders for medical use, with a gross weight of up to 5 kg.
Listed below are examples of items most frequently confiscated for being prohibited for transportation
Passengers are prohibited to transport in their baggage dangerous substances and articles, including:
• "Strike-anywhere" matches;
• "Blue flame" lighters;
• Cigar lighters;
• Liquid oxygen systems;
• Self-defence equipment (tear gas, pepper gas cans, etc.);
• Electroshock weapons containing explosives, compressed gas, lithium batteries;
• Briefcases with security systems, cash safes, etc., containing lithium batteries;
• Lithium battery powered personal movement devices, such as hover boards, single and multi-wheeled scooters, and mini Segways.