Dangerous articles in hand baggage
In addition to the information provided in our hand baggage pages, please note that the following items are seen as potentially dangerous and cannot be carried in your hand baggage:
- Toy or replica guns (plastic or metal)
- Household cutlery
- Knives with blades (of any length)
- Paper knives/letter openers
- Razor blades
- Sporting bats
- Billiard, snooker, pool cues
- Christmas crackers (while not allowed in hand baggage, these may be included in check in baggage if they are in their box)
Additionally, the following items are not allowed in your hand baggage, with the exceptions noted below:
- Scissors *
- Matches (for passengers travelling to and from Caribbean) **
- Hypodermic syringes ***
- Tradesmen's tools ****
*Scissors with blunt or round-ended blades (metal or plastic) less than 6cms in length, or scissors with metal blades and pointed tips under 3cm are permitted. US airports will allow metal scissors with pointed tips and a cutting edge four inches or less (measured from the pivot), metal scissors with blunt tips, plastic scissors and ostomy scissors.
**Matches: Safety matches are permitted in limited quantities to destinations outside the Caribbean.
***Hypodermic syringes are permitted in the cabin if you have a medical condition that requires you to inject during the flight. If this is the case please ensure you can produce medical evidence such as a doctor’s letter when you check in, and at security screening. You should keep this with you at all times. Please also ensure that your medication is labelled with the name of the medication and the person it is prescribed to.
****Tools: US airports will allow screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers and other tools (but not crowbars, drills, hammers or saws), as long as they are seven inches or less in length.
Please note that regardless of these exceptions, security personnel are entitled to confiscate any item that may, in their reasonable opinion, be used or adapted to cause injury or incapacitation.