Prohibited and regulated goods

Which items are allowed on board? In the cabin? In the hold? The list below will help you pack your bags correctly!

Transporting liquids in your hand baggage

You can transport liquids in your hand baggage as long as they do not exceed 100 ml (3.4 fl oz) per item. You must place your items in a transparent and sealable plastic bag with a volume of no more than 1 liter. The bag must be sealed and the articles must fit inside it easily. Only 1 transparent plastic bag is allowed per passenger.
The following items, if necessary during your flight, are allowed:

  • Baby food
  • Medicines, as long as you have a prescription or an accompanying note from your doctor
  • Special diet foods
Duty-free purchases at the airport
Flight with no connections
You can buy duty-free liquids in any airport or on board the aircraft, as long as they remain in a sealed plastic bag with the receipt clearly visible inside. The receipt must list the airport or airline company through which you made your purchase.

Flight with connections
If you have a connecting flight leaving from the European Union*, you may transport duty-free liquids purchased at your departure airport or on board the aircraft, as long as they remain in a sealed plastic bag with the receipt clearly visible inside. The receipt must list the airport or airline company through which you made your purchase. For other countries, please check the current legislation concerning the transport of liquids in the cabin that are applicable to the country in which you have a connecting flight. If permitted by local regulations, Air France may accept duty-free liquids purchased during your connection, as long as they confirm to the same packaging conditions mentioned above.

If you have a connecting flight via the United States or Canada, you must collect your checked baggage at the first connection point. We recommend that you place any previously bought duty-free liquids in your checked baggage.

* Including Norway, Iceland and Switzerland

United States and Canada - electronic devices in your hand baggage

On flights to the United States and Canada, any battery-powered electronic devices in your hand baggage will be subject to an additional security check. At the boarding gate, these devices must be removed from their protection case or bag, and must be turned on to show that it works.

Lithium batteries

Lithium batteries can generate heat if short circuited, or may catch fire if damaged, improperly designed or improperly assembled. Removable lithium batteries and and external batteries such as powerbanks for personal use in devices such as laptops, mobile phones, DVD players and medical equipment, are therefore restricted and may only be carried in hand baggage. Each spare battery must be packed separately in its original packaging. If you no longer have this packaging, you must cover the battery contact points with non-conductive tape to insulate them, and pack each battery in a separate plastic bag. Damaged, defective or recalled batteries may not be transported on board the aircraft.

Self-balancing devices

Self-balancing devices or lithium battery-powered personal movement devices, such as hoverboards, airboards, oxboards, electric skates, waveboards and U-runners, are not permitted on board even if the battery has been disconnected or removed. Self-balancing devices may be used by passengers with reduced mobility, provided he or she has requested permission via the Saphir assistance service before departure. Damaged, defective or recalled portable electronic devices (PED) may not be transported on board the aircraft.

Electronic cigarettes

In most countries, you can transport your electronic cigarette (with spare batteries) in your hand baggage only. You may not carry it in your checked baggage. Please always check the current legislation in the countries you are traveling to. The use of electronic cigarettes on board is prohibited at all times.

Animal products

You may not transport any products of animal origin, including animals that are the result of hunting.

Please note: An exception applies to baby food and special dietary food to be consumed during the flight. For your child, or for your own special religious or dietary wishes, you can also reserve a free special meal for intercontinental flights.

Firearms

You may transport firearms and ammunition intended for sport and hunting in your checked baggage, as long as you are able to present the required licenses and permits, and only after having received permission to transport them.

Other firearms

Any firearms which are not listed under "Firearms and ammunition" and for which a permit is not required, may be transported in your checked baggage only.

  • Air pistols, air rifles and pellet guns
  • BB guns (ball bearing guns)
  • Catapults
  • Crossbows
  • Firearm components (except telescopic viewing equipment and view finders)
  • Harpoons and spear guns
  • Animal slaughter guns
  • Industrial staple and nail guns
  • Jewellery or amulets made out of live bullets or empty bullet shells*
  • Replica and imitation firearms
  • Signal flare pistols
  • Starting pistols
  • Stun or electric shock devices, e.g. cattle prods and ballistic conducted energy systems
  • Toy guns

* applies only to flights to or from the Philippines

Weapons and sharp objects

You may not carry any blunt or sharp-edged objects in your hand baggage that could cause injury, such as:

  • Arrows and darts
  • Axes and hatchets
  • Climbing crampons
  • Ice axes and ice picks
  • Ice skates
  • Jack-knives or flick knives with blades of any length
  • Knives, including ceremonial knives, made of metal or any other material strong enough to be used as a weapon
  • Machetes
  • Meat cleavers
  • Open razors (excluding safety or disposable razors with blades enclosed in cartridges)
  • Sabers, swords and sword sticks
  • Scalpels
  • Scissors
  • Needles and hooks for recreational purposes (knitting, embroidery) made of metal or any other material strong enough to be used as a weapon
  • Ski and walking/hiking poles
  • Throwing stars
  • Tools that could be used as a blunt or sharp-edged weapon, e.g. drills and drill bits, Stanley knives, utility knives, all saws, screwdrivers, crowbars, hammers, pliers, wrenches and spanners, soldering equipment

Blunt objects

You may not carry any blunt objects in your hand baggage that could cause injury, such as:

  • Baseball and softball bats
  • Billiard, snooker and pool cues
  • Cricket bats
  • Fishing rods
  • Golf clubs
  • Hockey sticks
  • Kayak or canoe paddles
  • Lacrosse sticks
  • Martial arts equipment, e.g. knuckledusters, sticks, clubs, flails, numchucks, kubatons and kubasaunts
  • Rigid and flexible clubs or batons, e.g. truncheons, blackjacks and batons
  • Skateboards

Explosives and flammable substances

You may not take any explosive or highly flammable substances in your hand baggage or checked baggage which may pose a risk to the health or property of passengers and cabin crew or to the safety of the aircraft. These include:

  • Aerosol spray paint cans
  • Alcoholic beverages exceeding 70% by volume (140 proof)
  • Ammunition
  • Blasting caps
  • Detonators and fuses
  • Explosives and explosive devices
  • Fireworks or flares of any type (including firecrackers, Christmas crackers and toy caps)
  • Flammable liquid fuel, e.g. petrol, diesel, lighter fluid, alcohol, ethanol
  • Gas and gas bottles, e.g. butane, propane, acetylene, oxygen in large volumes
  • Grenades
  • Lighters and matches (only safety matches may be carried in hand baggage)
  • Lithium battery-powered self-balancing devices or personal movement devices, such as hoverboards, airboards, oxboards, electric skates, waveboards and U-runners.
  • Mines and other explosive military devices
  • Replica or imitation explosive materials or explosives
  • Smoke grenades or cartridges
  • Turpentine and paint thinner

Chemical and toxic substances

You may not carry any chemical or toxic substances that may pose a risk to the health or property of passengers and cabin crew or to the safety of the aircraft. These include:

  • Acids and alkalis, e.g. spillable ‘wet’ batteries.
  • Corrosive or bleaching substances, e.g. mercury and chlorine
  • Disabling or incapacitating sprays, e.g. mace, pepper spray, tear gas, etc.
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Infectious or biologically hazardous material, e.g. infected blood, bacteria and viruses
  • Material capable of spontaneous ignition or combustion
  • Poisons
  • Radioactive material, e.g. medicinal or commercial isotopes
  • Printers or toner cartridges

For more information, please contact your travel agency or our Sales team.
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