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Prohibited and/or restricted goods
Last updated on: 06 Feb 2019

On this page, you will find important information about goods that are prohibited and/or subject to restrictions because they can pose a risk to the safety of passengers on board our aircrafts. 

Some goods can only be transported on an aircraft under specific circumstances. See the IATA website’s “Passenger Corner” for a complete list of forbidden goods, namely table 2.3.A, which should be followed as a reference whenever a passenger needs to carry in the cabin or in the hold, one of the dangerous articles mentioned there. Please note that some requirements may vary depending on the country and airline. Contact us in case of doubt.

All goods transported must be for personal or domestic use only. Goods in commercial quantities must be transported as cargo.

1. Electroshock weapons, ammunition and explosives

1.1. Electroshock weapons

  • Forbidden
Electroshock weapons (e.g. tasers and stun guns) containing dangerous components such as explosives, compressed gases, lithium batteries, etc. are forbidden in carry-on luggage or checked luggage.

1.2. Goods containing explosives

  • Forbidden
Pyrotechnic material and other items containing explosives, e.g. Christmas crackers, firecrackers, rockets and sparklers are forbidden in carry-on luggage or checked luggage.

1.3. Disabling devices

  • Forbidden
Disabling devices such as mace, pepper spray, etc. containing an irritant or incapacitating substance are forbidden in carry-on luggage or checked luggage.

1.4. Ammunition

  • In carry-on luggage: not allowed;
  • In checked luggage: approval required;
  • Requirements: Can only be transported if securely packaged. Ammunition can only be transported if it respects Div 1.4S (UN 0012 or UN 0014) in quantities not exceeding 5kg gross weight per person. Allowances for more than one passenger must not be combined into one or more packages.

2.Batteries and equipment containing batteries or fuel

2.1. Luggage equipped with lithium batteries (smart bags)

  • In carry-on luggage: approval required;
  • In checked luggage: not allowed;
  • Requirements: The transport of smart bags is allowed if the batteries are removable and the bags are within the weight and size limits. Smart bags are allowed as checked luggage if the batteries are removed and transported in the cabin (meeting the spare battery requirements).

2.2. Spare or loose batteries

Alkaline batteries, lithium batteries (up to two grams) and lithium-ion batteries (up to 100Wh). 

  • In carry-on luggage: allowed (approval required for more than 20 batteries);
  • In checked luggage: not allowed;
  • Requirements: Articles which have the primary purpose as a power source, e.g. power banks are considered as spare batteries. All batteries, including power banks, must be individually protected to prevent short circuits and their use in flight is prohibited. Each passenger is limited to a maximum of 20 spare batteries. Higher quantities require approval.

2.3. Electronic devices containing lithium batteries with less than 100Wh or 2 grams of lithium

Portable electronic devices containing lithium or lithium-ion cells or batteries, including medical devices such as portable oxygen concentrators (POC, CPAP, BIPAP...) and consumer electronics such as cameras, mobile phones, laptops and tablets, when carried for personal use.

  • In carry-on luggage: allowed (approval required for more than 15 batteries);
  • In checked luggage: allowed (approval required for more than 15 batteries);
  • Requirements: The lithium metal content must not exceed two grams, and for lithium-ion batteries, the Watt-hour rating must not exceed 100Wh. Each passenger is limited to a maximum of 15 personal electronic devices. Devices carried in hold luggage must be disconnected and protected from accidental damage/activation. 

2.4. Spare or loose lithium batteries between 100 and 160Wh or with 2 to 8 grams of lithium

Lithium batteries (exceeding 100Wh but not exceeding 160Wh per passenger), Portable Medical Electronic Devices (PMED) (with a lithium metal content exceeding two grams but not exceeding eight grams).

  • In carry-on luggage: approval required;
  • In checked luggage: not allowed;
  • Requirements: Each passenger may carry no more than two spare batteries. These batteries must be individually protected to prevent short circuits. Batteries exceeding 160Wh or 8 grams of lithium must be transported as cargo.

2.5. E-cigarettes

E-cigarettes, including e-cigars, e-pipes and other similar vaporisers.

  • In carry-on luggage: allowed;
  • In checked luggage: not allowed;
  • Requirements: Each item must be transported safely and must be individually protected to prevent accidental activation. Goods transported must remain stored for the duration of the flight. Smoking is not allowed on the aircraft.

2.6. Electronic devices containing lithium batteries between 100 and 160Wh or with 2 to 8 grams of lithium

Lithium-ion batteries for portable electronic or medical devices (exceeding 100Wh but not exceeding 160Wh), Portable Medical Electronic Devices (PMED) (with a lithium metal content exceeding two grams but not exceeding eight grams).

  • In carry-on luggage: approval required;
  • In checked luggage: approval required;
  • Requirements: Passengers may transport electronic devices containing lithium batteries between 100Wh and 160Wh or between two and eight grams of lithium. Devices carried in hold luggage must be disconnected and protected from accidental damage/activation. Batteries exceeding 160Wh or 8 grams of lithium must be transported as cargo.

2.7. Portable electronic devices containing non-spillable batteries

Electronic devices with non-spillable batteries (up to 12V or 100Wh).

  • In carry-on luggage: allowed;
  • In checked luggage: allowed;
  • Requirements: Each passenger may carry no more than two spare batteries. The batteries must not exceed 12V or 100Wh.

2.8. Drones

  • In carry-on luggage: not allowed;
  • In checked luggage: allowed;
  • Requirements: The drone can be transported on the checked baggage, as long as the lithium batteries are kept in the drone itself, or, should the batteries be removed from the device, they shall be carried in the hand baggage.

2.9. Camping stoves and fuel containers

  • In carry-on luggage: not allowed;
  • In checked luggage: approval required;
  • Requirements: Camping stoves and fuel containers that have contained a flammable liquid fuel, with an empty fuel tank and/or fuel container, can be transported if all steps have been taken to eliminate any danger.

2.10. Internal combustion or fuel cell engines

  • Forbidden
Internal combustion or fuel cell engines require the engine not to contain any kind of fuel as a power source and which have been completely emptied, with measures being taken to eliminate any danger.

2.11. Fuel cells

Fuel cells powering portable electronic devices (e.g. cameras, mobile phones, laptops computers and camcorders).

  • In carry-on luggage: approval required;
  • In checked luggage: approval required;
  • Requirements: Fuel cells must be removed and transported in carry-on luggage.
 
3. Battery-powered wheelchairs and mobility devices with batteries
 
3.1. Mobility devices with spillable batteries

Battery-powered wheelchairs or other similar mobility devices with spillable batteries 

  • In carry-on luggage: not allowed;
  • In checked luggage: approval required;
  • Requirements: Battery-powered wheelchairs or other similar mobility devices with spillable batteries may be transported if the wheelchair or mobility device can be charged, stored, fixed and discharged in a vertical position. The battery may remain installed in the wheelchair. The battery terminals must be protected from short-circuiting, and spillable batteries must be contained in suitable packaging. If the battery is securely fixed to the wheelchair or mobility device, it may remain fixed to the wheelchair with the contacts duly protected.

3.2. Mobility devices with non-spillable batteries

Battery-powered wheelchairs or other similar mobility devices with non-spillable batteries 

  • In carry-on luggage: not allowed;
  • In checked luggage: approval required;
  • Requirements: Battery-powered wheelchairs or other similar mobility devices with non-spillable batteries may be transported if the wheelchair or mobility device can be charged, stored, fixed and discharged in a vertical position. The battery may remain installed in the wheelchair. The battery terminals must be protected from shortcircuiting.

3.3. Mobility devices with lithium-ion batteries 

  • In carry-on luggage: approval required;
  • In checked luggage: not allowed;
  • Requirements: The lithium-ion battery should be removed and transported in the cab whenever possible. If this is not possible, the wheelchair or mobility assistance device may be carried in the hold, properly secured, with the battery installed but disconnected and the terminals protected against short circuits.
    Batteries for these wheelchairs shall not exceed 300 Wh or, for a device equipped with two batteries required for operation, each battery shall not exceed 160 Wh. At most, an additional spare battery not exceeding 300 Wh or two spare batteries not exceeding 160 Wh each may be carried in the cabin.

3.4. Personal motorised vehicles

  • Forbidden
For safety reasons self-balancing motorised vehicles, such as hoverboards, mini-Segways and wheeled balancing apparatus may not be transported. However, these devices may be transported - with or without batteries - as cargo.

                                                           

 

4. Compressed gas cartridges, cylinders and aerosols

4.1. Non-flammable, non-toxic aerosol

  • In carry-on luggage: not allowed;
  • In checked luggage: allowed;
  • Requirements: The total net quantity of non-radioactive medicinal or toiletry articles and non-flammable, non-toxic aerosols must not exceed two kilogrammes or 2 litres, and the net quantity of every single article must not exceed 0.5 kilogrammes or 0.5 litres. Release valves on aerosols must be protected by a cap or other suitable means to prevent inadvertent release of the contents. Non-flammable aerosols, with no subsidiary hazard, for sporting or home use.

4.2. Gas cartridges, small, non-flammable

  • Forbidden
For safety reasons, gas cartridges, small, non-flammable containing carbon dioxide or other gases.

4.3. Avalanche rescue backpack

  • Forbidden
Avalanche rescue backpacks can only be transported as cargo if they are equipped with a cartridge of compressed gas.
 

4.4. Hair curlers containing hydrocarbon gas

Hair curlers containing hydrocarbon gas

  • In carry-on luggage: allowed;
  • In checked luggage: allowed;
  • Requirements: Up to one set of hair curlers per passenger, which must not be used on board the aircraft at any time. The safety cover must be securely fitted. Gas refills for such curlers may not be transported.
4.5. Gas cylinders for prosthesis

Gas cylinders, small, non-flammable, non-toxic worn for the operation of mechanical limbs.

  • In carry-on luggage: allowed;
  • In checked luggage: allowed;
  • Requirements: Gas cylinders, small, non-flammable, non-toxic worn for the operation of mechanical limbs may be transported. Spare cylinders of a similar size if required to ensure an adequate supply for the duration of the journey.

 

5. Scientific, professional and personal

5.1. Medicinal or toiletry articles (non-radioactive)

Non-radioactive medicinal or toiletry articles (including aerosols) such as hairsprays, perfumes, colognes and medicines containing alcohol.

  • In carry-on luggage: allowed;
  • In checked luggage: allowed;
  • Requirements: The total net quantity of non-radioactive medicinal or toiletry articles and non-flammable, non-toxic aerosols must not exceed two kilogrammes or two litres, and the net quantity of every single article must not exceed 0.5 kilogrammes or 0.5 litres. Release valves on aerosols must be protected by a cap or other suitable means to prevent inadvertent release of the contents.
5.2. Heat-producing articles
  • In carry-on luggage: approval required;
  • In checked luggage: approval required;
  • Requirements: Articles that produce heat or battery-powered equipment capable of producing extreme heat that may cause a fire when activated (such as underwater torches and soldering irons) may be transported if the heat-producing battery component is packaged separately to prevent activation during transportation. Any battery removed must be protected from causing a short-circuit.

5.3. Alcoholic beverages 

Up  to 24% alcohol

  • In carry-on luggage: allowed(1) when permitted by the local authorities;
    1) when purchased outside the airport, they must comply with the limits on the carrying of liquids on board.
    2) when purchased in the duty-free shops (airside of the airport), the quantity must comply with the import regulations of the final destination country.
     
  • In checked luggage: allowed;
  • Requirements: transportation of alcoholic beverages with up to 24% alcohol by volume is permitted. The total net quantity per person is five litres (if the final destination import law only allows lower quantities, this rule will be applied). All beverages must be properly packed in their own packaging in order to prevent breaking; they must be transported in their original packaging (factory sealed). TAP Air Portugal is not responsible for the breaking of containers or the spilling of alcoholic beverages.

Transportation of handcrafted drinks is not permitted.

Alcoholic beverages transported as hand luggage cannot be consumed on board.

From 24% to 70% alcohol content

  • In carry-on luggage: allowed(1);
    1) when purchased outside the airport, they must comply with the limits on the carrying of liquids on board.
    2) when purchased in the duty-free shops (airside of the airport), the quantity must comply with the import regulations of the final destination country.
     
  • In checked luggage: allowed;
  • Requirements: The transportation of beverages containing more than 24% but not more than 70% alcohol by volume is allowed. The total net quantity per person is five litres (if the final destination import law only allows lower quantities, this rule will be applied). All beverages must be properly packed in their own packaging in order to prevent breaking; they must be transported in their original packaging (factory sealed). TAP Air Portugal is not responsible for the breaking of containers or the spilling of alcoholic beverages.

More than 70% of alcohol content

  • Not permitted

Note: package shall be charged as extra baggage if weight/measures fall outside the permitted baggage allowance of the purchased fare.

5.4. Permeation devices

  • Forbidden
For safety reasons, permeation devices may not be transported as luggage. They can only be transported as cargo.

5.5. Insulated packaging containing liquid nitrogen/incorporated refrigerated nitrogen

Insulated packaging containing refrigerated liquid nitrogen

  • In carry-on luggage: allowed;
  • In checked luggage: allowed;
  • Requirements: The transportation of insulated packaging containing refrigerated liquid nitrogen (dry shipper), full absorbed in a porous material containing only non-dangerous goods is allowed.
5.6. Chemical agent monitoring equipment
  • In carry-on luggage: approval required;
  • In checked luggage: approval required;
  • Requirements: The transport of chemical agent monitoring equipment is allowed when carried by duly authorised persons with a detailed declaration of the article being transported.

5.7. Skydiving equipment

  • In carry-on luggage: approval required;
  • In checked luggage: approval required;
  • Requirements: Skydiving equipment may only be transported if the automatic activation system is deactivated. Any batteries must be disconnected and the contacts isolated.

5.8. Fertilisers, insecticides, paint, oxidising substances

  • Forbidden
For safety reasons fertilisers, insecticides, paint and oxidising substances may not be transported.

5.9 Matches and small lighters

  • Forbidden
Lighters and lighter refills are not allowed in carry-on luggage or checked luggage. “Strike anywhere” matches, “Blue flame” or cigar lighters are forbidden. However, each passenger may carry a box of matches or a small lighter that does not contain non-absorbed liquid fuel, other than liquefied gas, intended for personal use by an individual when carried on the person. Lighters and lighter refills are not allowed in carry-on luggage or checked luggage.
 
5.10. Dry ice

Dry ice (solid carbon dioxide) when used to pack perishable goods or goods considered to be dangerous. 

  • In carry-on luggage: approval required;
  • In checked luggage: approval required;
  • Requirements: Dry ice may be transported in quantities not exceeding 2.5 kilogrammes per person provided the luggage (package) permits the release of carbon dioxide. Checked luggage must be marked “dry ice” or “carbon dioxide, solid” and with the net weight of dry ice or an indication that there is 2.5 kilogrammes or less dry ice.

5.11. Light bulbs

  • In carry-on luggage: allowed;
  • In checked luggage: allowed;
  • Requirements: They must be in their original packaging and for domestic use.

5.12. Security bags

  • Forbidden 
For safety reasons the transport of security-type attaché cases, cash boxes, cash bags, etc. incorporating dangerous goods, such as lithium batteries and/or pyrotechnic material is forbidden.

5.13. Magnetic materials

Magnetic materials that do not move a compass more than two degrees.

  • In carry-on luggage: allowed;
  • In checked luggage: allowed;
  • Requirements: To confirm the material’s eligibility, place it on the floor and pass a compass over it at a height of two metres from the package to see if there is more than two-degree movement. Magnetic materials that cause movement of more than two degrees cannot be transported.

 

6. Medical items

6.1. Oxygen or air, gaseous cylinders

  • Forbidden
Oxygen or air, gas cylinders required for medical use must be requested at the booking stage, so they can be provided by TAP. Private transport of these items is forbidden.

6.2. Non-infectious specimens in flammable liquids

  • Forbidden
For safety reasons, the transport of non-infectious specimens in flammable liquids, as luggage is forbidden. However, these articles may be transported as cargo.

6.3. Radioisotopic cardiac pacemakers

  • Forbidden
The transport of radioisotopic cardiac pacemakers or other medical devices, including those powered by lithium batteries may not be transported in carry-on luggage or checked luggage. Except when implanted into a passenger.

6.4. Thermometers or barometers containing mercury

  • In carry-on luggage: approval required;
  • In checked luggage: not allowed;
  • Requirements: Thermometers or barometers containing mercury may be carried by a representative of a government weather bureau or similar official agency. The articles must be contained in a protective case with a sealed coating or in a leakproof bag made of a mercury-resistant material that will prevent the mercury within the packaging from spilling, regardless of its position.

6.5. Medical or clinical thermometer

  • In carry-on luggage: not allowed;
  • In checked luggage: allowed;
  • Requirements: One medical or clinical thermometer containing mercury may be transported per passenger for personal use. The article must be transported in its protective case.

 

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