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Restricted / Prohibited Items

Prohibited, restricted and dangerous goods are articles or substances that are capable of posing a risk to health, safety, property or the environment. If you wish to travel with any such goods or material, please be aware of the restrictions or steps you may have to take to travel on an Aer Lingus service.

Prohibited Articles

Articles prohibited from carriage into the security restricted area and the cabin of an aircraft

  1. Guns, firearms and other devices that discharge projectiles - devices capable, or appearing capable, of being used to cause serious injury by discharging a projectile, including:
    1. Firearms of all types, such as pistols, revolvers, rifles, shotguns
    2. Toy guns, replicas and imitation firearms capable of being mistaken for real weapons
    3. Component parts of firearms, excluding telescopic sights
    4. Compressed air and CO2 guns, such as pistols, pellet guns, rifles and ball bearing guns
    5. Signal flare pistols and starter pistols
    6. Bow, cross bows and arrows
    7. Harpoon guns and spear guns
    8. Slingshots and catapults
  2. Stunning devices - devices designed specifically to stun or immobilise, including:
    1. Devices for shocking, such as stun guns, tasers and stun batons
    2. Animal stunners and animal killers
    3. Disabling and incapacitating chemicals, gases and sprays, such as mace, pepper spray, capsicum sprays, tear gas, acid sprays and animal repellent sprays
  3. Objects with a sharp point or sharp edge - objects with a sharp point or sharp edge capable of being used to cause serious injury, including:
    1. Items designed for chopping, such as axes, hatchets and cleavers
    2. Ice axes and ice picks
    3. Razor blades
    4. Box cutters
    5. Knives with blades of more than 6cms
    6. Scissors with blades of more than 6cms as measured from the fulcrum
    7. Martial arts equipment with a sharp point or sharp edge
    8. Swords and sabres
  4. Workmen's tools - tools capable of being used either to cause serious injury or to threaten the safety of the aircraft, including:
    1. Crowbars
    2. Drills and drill bits, including cordless portable power drills
    3. Tools with a blade or a shaft of more than 6 cms capable of use as a weapon, such as screwdrivers and chisels
    4. Saws, including cordless portable power saws
    5. Blowtorches
    6. Bolt guns and nail guns
  5. Blunt instruments - objects capable of being used to cause serious injury when used to hit, including:
    1. Baseball and softball bats
    2. Clubs and batons, such as billy clubs, blackjacks and night sticks
    3. Martial arts equipment
  6. Explosive and incendiary substances and devices - explosives and incendiary substances and devices capable, or appearing capable, of being used to cause serious injury or to pose a threat to the safety of aircraft, including:
    1. Ammunition
    2. Blasting caps
    3. Detonators and fuses
    4. Replica or imitation explosive devices
    5. Mines, grenades and other explosive military stores
    6. Fireworks and other pyrotechnics
    7. Smoke-generating canisters and smoke generating cartridges Dynamite, gunpowder and plastic explosives

Note: Any sharp objects in checked-in baggage / hold baggage should be securely wrapped to prevent injury to screeners and handling personnel.

Articles prohibited from the aircraft baggage hold

  • Ammunition
  • Blasting caps
  • Detonators and fuses
  • Mines, grenades and other explosive military stores
  • Fireworks and other pyrotechnics
  • Smoke-generating canisters and smoke-generating cartridges
  • Dynamite, gunpowder and plastic explosives

Restricted items on board Aer Lingus Flights

The following list covers items restricted for carriage on board Aer Lingus services.

  • Christmas crackers are not allowed in cabin baggage.
  • Electronic Cigarettes cannot be used in flight.
  • Gas cigarette lighters are prohibited on all flights to and from the USA.

Note: While some items are restricted as cabin or checked baggage, they may be allowed to travel as cargo. For more information, contact Aer Lingus Cargo.

Restricted items requiring advance notification to Aer Lingus (48 hours)

The following list covers items that may be carried on Aer Lingus flights but require approval prior to travel and where quantities or regulation of items are restricted.

If you plan on travelling with any of these items you must contact your local reservations department at least 48 hours prior to departure.

  • Battery powered mobility aids
    • non-spillable batteries
    • spillable batteries or with lithium batteries
    • lithium ion batteries (collapsible)
  • Camping stoves and fuel containers that have contained a flammable liquid fuel - fuel tank/container must be empty.
  • Lithium ion Batteries with a Watt-hour rating exceeding 100 Wh but not exceeding 160 Wh.
    • Contained within security-type equipment.
    • Spare lithium ion batteries - Maximum of two spare batteries per person.
  • Mercury-filled items - barometers, thermometers, etc.
  • Avalanche rescue backpack - must be packed with pressure relief valves and in a manner that it cannot be accidentally activated.
  • Solid carbon dioxide (dry ice)
  • Heat-producing articles - underwater torches (diving lamps), soldering irons, etc.
  • Oxygen and other small cylinders for medical use - cylinder must have a gross weight under 5 kg.
  • Life jackets - containing small non-flammable gas cylinders (containing suitable gas in Division 2.2).
  • Portable medical electronic devices - Automated External Defibrillators (AED), Nebulizer, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) containing lithium batteries, etc. Please note: Aer Lingus cannot provide onboard power for portable medical devices. For more information, see Special Assistance
  • Chemical agent monitoring equipment
  • Firearms and/or Ammunition (cartridges for weapons), securely packaged.

    Our Reservations Department must receive the following details at least 48 hours before travel:

    • Firearms
      • Quantity
      • Type (handgun, rifle, shotgun)
      • Make/model
    • Ammunition
      • Quantity (weight) and calibre

    Upon presentation at the airport:

    • Sport Guns are dismantled and packed one per case.
    • Sport Guns, ammunition and cartridges must be packed separately from other baggage.
    • Sport Guns, ammunition and cartridges must be available for inspection by security.
    • Ammunition is limited to 5kg per passenger.
    • Ammunition must be packed in containers of wood, metal, or fireboard with the contents protected against any movement.
    • Only the licensed firearm owner may check-in a Sport Gun upon presentation of their valid Firearm License at check-in.

    Note: Sports Weapons/Firearms/Ammunition cannot be carried on Aer Lingus regional flights.

Dangerous Goods

View Aer Lingus Guide to Dangerous Goods.

Prohibited or Restricted Items

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