Some items cannot be brought into the cabin but are permitted in your check in baggage, while others are barred from any kind of baggage at all. Full details are below.
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:
Additionally, the following items are not allowed in your hand baggage, with the exceptions noted below:
*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.
Articles banned from all baggage
Safety considerations mean the items listed below (and other similar items) are not allowed in your baggage at all, whether hand baggage or check in baggage:
*While safety matches and lighters are not permitted in hand baggage or checked baggage, you may carry them on your person. ‘Strike anywhere’ matches are prohibited.
**It’s possible to bring a firearm and limited quantities of ammunition, but you must contact us in advance. For details on packing firearms and ammunition, please see our sports equipment page.
While these items are prohibited in hand baggage or hold baggage, many can be carried as cargo, provided they are packed in accordance with cargo regulations. For more information, contact Virgin Atlantic Cargo.
There are some items of dangerous goods that are permitted on our aircraft under certain conditions. Further information on this is available by accessing the following link:
Please note: Certain items are prohibited from both carry on and checked in baggage on flights to/from Vancouver. More information.