Passenger's Baggage

As a general rule passengers are not permitted to transport dangerous goods on board an aircraft in their carry-on baggage, checked baggage or on their person. Lists of common items that may be prohibited due to the presence of dangerous goods can be found via the links below:

Household Dangerous Goods
Equipment, Instruments and Tool Boxes
Medical and First Aid Articles

At all times, the Canadian Air Transport Security Administration website must be consulted for current carry-on baggage security restrictions.

http://www.catsa.gc.ca/

There are many items, however, that passengers can carry in their carry-on baggage, checked baggage, or on their person. They are as follows:

Medical necessities:

Cardiac pacemakers:  Passengers may bring radio-isotopic cardiac pacemakers or other devices, including those powered by lithium batteries, implanted in theperson, or radio-pharmaceuticals contained within the body of a person as the result of medical treatment.

Gaseous oxygen cylinder: With the approval of the airline(s) passengers may bring small gaseous oxygen or air cylinders required for medical use.

Medical or clinical thermometers: Passengers may bring one small medical or clinical thermometer, which contains mercury, for personal use, when in its protective case.

Non-radioactive medicinal articles:  The total net quantity of each single article must not exceed 0.5 kg or 0.5 L.  Release valves on aerosols must be protected by a cap or other suitable means to prevent inadvertent release of the contents. 

The total quantity of all articles mentioned in 1.1.2c), h) and k) must not exceed 2 kg or 2 L (e.g. four aerosol cans of 500 ml each) for each passenger.

Small carbon dioxide gas cylinders: Passengers may bring small carbon dioxide gas cylinders worn for the operation of mechanical limbs, as well as spare cylinders of a similar size to ensure an adequate supply for the duration of the journey.

Wheelchairs or other battery-powered mobility aids with non-spillable batteries: With the approval of the airline(s), passengers may bring wheelchairs or other battery-powered mobility aids with non-spillable batteries (see Packing Instruction 806 and Special Provision A67), as checked baggage provided the battery terminals are protected from short circuits and the battery is securely attached to the wheelchair or mobility aid;

Wheelchairs or other battery-powered mobility aids with spillable batteries: With approval of the airline(s), passengers may bring wheelchairs or other battery-powered mobility aids with spillable batteries as checked baggage, provided that the wheelchair or mobility aid can always be loaded, stowed, secured and unloaded in an upright position. The battery must be disconnected, the battery terminals protected from short circuits and the battery is securely attached to the wheelchair or mobility aid. If the wheelchair or mobility aid cannot be loaded, stowed, secured and unloaded always in an upright position, the battery must be removed and the wheelchair or mobility aid may then be carried as checked baggage without restriction. The removed battery must be carried in strong, rigid packaging as follows.

  1. the packaging must be leak-tight, impervious to battery fluid and be protected against upset by securing it to a pallet or in a cargo compartment appropriately secured (other than by bracing with freight or baggage) such as by use of restraining straps, brackets or holders;
  2. batteries must be protected against short circuits, secured upright in the packaging and surrounded by compatible absorbent material sufficient to absorb their total liquid contents; and
  3. the packaging must be marked 'Battery, wet, with wheelchair' or 'Battery, wet with mobility aid' and labelled with a 'Corrosive' label and with a package orientation label.

The pilot-in-command must be informed of the location of a wheelchair or mobility aid with and installed battery or the location of a packed battery.  It is recommended that passengers make advance arrangements with each airline. As well, spillable batteries should be fitted, where feasible, with spill-resistant vent caps.

Articles used in dressing and grooming

Toiletry articles:  The total net quantity of each single article must not exceed 0.5 kg or 0.5 L. Release valves on aerosols must be protected by a cap or other suitable means to prevent inadvertent release of the contents. 

The total quantity of all articles mentioned in 1.1.2c), h) and k) must not exceed 2 kg or 2 L (e.g. four aerosol cans of 500 ml each) for each passenger

Hair curlers: Passengers may bring hair curlers containing hydrocarbon gas, no more than one per person, provided that the safety cover is securely fitted over the heating element. Gas refills for such curlers are prohibited.

Consumer articles:

Alcoholic beverages: Passenger may bring alcoholic beverages, in retail packaging, containing more than 24 per cent but not more than 70 per cent alcohol by volume, in receptacles not exceeding 5 L, with a total net quantity per person of 5 L.

Note. - Alcoholic beverages containing 24 per cent alcohol or less are not subject to any restrictions.

Aerosols in Class 2.2, with no subsidiary risk, for sporting or home use is permitted in checked baggage only.  The total net quantity of each single article must not exceed 0.5 kg or 0.5 L.  Release valves on aerosols must be protected by a cap or other suitable means to prevent inadvertent release of the contents. 

The total quantity of all articles mentioned in 1.1.2c), h) and k) must not exceed 2 kg or 2 L (e.g. four aerosol cans of 500 ml each) for each passenger

Boxed cartridges:  With the approval of the airline(s), passengers may bring securely boxed cartridges (1.4S, UN0012 or UN0014 only) as checked baggage only, in quantities not exceeding 5 kg per person for that person's own use, excluding ammunition with explosive or incendiary projectiles. Allowances for more than one per person must not be combined into packages.

Safety matches or lighters:  Passengers may bring one small packet of safety matches or a cigarette lighter intended for use by an individual when carried on the person. However, matches and lighters containing unabsorbed liquid fuel (other than liquefied gas), lighter fuel and lighter refills are not permitted on one's person or in checked or carry-on baggage.

Note. -- Strike anywhere matches are forbidden for air transport.

Note:  However, the lighter cannot be packed in carry-on baggage or in other type of carry-on.  It must be on the person for the duration of the flight.

Heat producing articles:  With the approval of the airline(s), passenger may bring heat-producing articles (e.g. battery-operated equipment such as underwater lamps and soldering equipment, which if accidentally activated, will generate extreme heat and can cause fire) in carry-on baggage only. The heat producing component, or the energy source, must be removed so as to prevent unintentional functioning during transport.

Avalanche rescue backpack: With the approval of the airline(s), passengers may bring one avalanche rescue backpack per person equipped with a pyrotechnic trigger mechanism containing not more than 200 mg net of Division 1.4S and a cylinder of compressed gas of Division 2.2 not exceeding 250 mL. The backpack must be packed in such a manner that it cannot be accidentally activated. The airbags within the backpack must be fitted with pressure relief valves;

Self-inflating life-jackets: With the approval of the airline(s), passengers may bring up to two small carbon dioxide cylinders of carbon dioxide or other suitable gas in Division 2.2, per person, fitted into a self-inflating life-jacket for inflation purposes, plus up to two spare cartridges;

Consumer electronic devices:  (watches, calculating machines, cameras, cellular phones, laptop computers, camcorders, etc.) containing lithium or lithium ion cells or batteries when carried by passengers or crew for personal use which should be carried as carry-on baggage. Spare batteries must be individually protected so as to prevent short circuits (by placing in original retail packaging or by otherwise insulating terminals, e.g. by taping over exposed terminals or placing each battery or cells in a separate plastic bag or protective pouch) and carried in carry-on baggage only. In addition, each installed or spare battery must not exceed the following:

  • For lithium metal or lithium alloy batteries, a lithium content of not more than 2 grams; or
  • For lithium ion batteries,  a watt-hour rating of not more than 100 Wh.

With the approval of the airline, lithium ion batteries exceeding 100 Wh rating but not exceeding 160 Wh may be carried as spare batteries in carry-on baggage or in equipment in either checked or carry-on baggage.  No more than two individually protected spare batteries per passenger or crew may be carried.

Dry ice:  Passengers may bring dry ice in quantities not exceeding 2.5 kg per person, when used to pack perishables that are themselves not dangerous goods articles or substances, provided the package permits the release of carbon dioxide gas. The dry ice may be in carry-on baggage, or with the approval of the airline(s), in checked baggage.

When carried in checked baggage, each package must be marked – “DRY ICE” or “Carbon Dioxide Solid” and with the net weight of dry ice or an indication that the net weight is 2.5 kg or less.

Mercurial barometer and thermometers: With the approval of the airline(s), a representative of a government weather bureau or similar official agency may bring a mercurial barometer or mercurial thermometer, as carry-on baggage only. The barometer or thermometer must be packed in a strong outer packaging, having a sealed inner liner or a bag of strong leak-proof, puncture-resistant material impervious to mercury, which will prevent the escape of mercury from the package irrespective of its position. The pilot-in-command must be informed of the barometer or thermometer.

Portable electronic devices:  (for example cameras, cellular phones, laptop computers and camcorders) powered by fuel cell systems, and spare fuel cartridges, under the following conditions:

  1. fuel cell cartridges may only contain flammable liquids, corrosive substances, liquefied flammable gas, water reactive substances or hydrogen in metal hydride;
  2. fuel cell cartridges must not be refillable by the user. Refuelling of fuel cell systems is not permitted except that the installation of a spare cartridge is allowed. Fuel cell cartridges which are used to refill fuel cell systems but which are not designed or intended to remain installed (fuel cell refills) are not permitted to be carried;
  3. the maximum quantity of fuel in any fuel cell cartridge must not exceed:
    1. for liquids 200 mL;
    2. for solides 200 grams;
    3. for liquefied gases, 120 mL for non-metallic fuel cell cartridges or 200 ml for metal fuel cell cartridges;
    For hydrogen in metal hydride, the fuel cell cartridges must have a water capacity of 120 mL or less.
  4. each fuel cell system and each fuel cell cartridge conform to IEC PAS 622282-6-1 Ed.1, and must be marked with a manufacturer’s certification that it conforms to the specification.  In addition, each fuel cell cartridge must be marked with the maximum quantity and type of fuel in the cartridge;
  5. Fuel cell cartridges containing hydrogen in metal hydride must comply with the requirements in Special Provisions A162.
  6.  no more than two spare fuel cell cartridges may be carried by a passenger;
  7. fuel cell systems containing fuel and fuel cell cartridges including spare cartridges are permitted in carry-on baggage only;
  8.  interaction between fuel cells and integrated batteries in a device must conform to IEC PAS 62282-6-1 Ed. 1. Fuel cell systems whose sole function is to charge a battery in the device are not permitted;
  9. fuel cell systems must be of a type that will not charge batteries when the portable electronic device is not in use and must be durably marked by the manufacturer: “APPROVED FOR CARRIAGE IN AIRCRAFT CABIN ONLY” to so indicate; and
  10.  in addition to the languages which may be required by the State of Origin for the markings specified above, English should be used.

Instruments containing radioactive material not exceeding the activity limits specified in Table 2-15, (e.g. chemical agent monitor, rapid alarm and  identification monitor) securely packed and without lithium batteries, with the approval of the airline and when carried as carry-on baggage only by staff members of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on official travel.

For more information on Passenger Luggage contact your airline or one of our Regional Offices