The lowdown on what you can and can’t bring on board.
Banned, restricted and dangerous goods are articles or substances capable of posing a risk to health, safety, property or the environment.
If you wish to travel with any such goods or materials, please be aware of the restrictions or steps you may have to take to travel on one of our flights.
View our guide to dangerous goods.

Batteries can short circuit and catch fire if they are carried loose in your bag. Loose Batteries must be protected against contact with other metal items (e.g. by being in their orginal packaging or own protective case) and carried in your hand baggage.

Equipment containing correctly installed batteries can be packed in your checked baggage.

Items Prohibited in Cabin and Checked Baggage on Aer Lingus Flights:

  • Disabling devices such as mace, pepper spray, etc.
  • Electro shock weapons (e.g. Tasers) containing dangerous goods – such as explosives, compressed gases, lithium batteries, etc.
  • Security-type attaché cases – such as cash boxes, cash bags, etc.
  • Explosives – for example detonators, fuses, grenades, mines, etc.
  • Flammable gases – for example propane, butane, etc.
  • Flammable liquids – for example paint, gasoline, solvents, methanol, etc.
  • Flammable solids and reactive substances – for example magnesium, firelighters, fireworks flares, etc.
  • Large electrical items – for example televisions, fridges, microwaves, etc.
  • Oxidizers and organic peroxides – for example bleach, car body repairs kits, etc.
  • Toxic or infectious substances – for example rat poison, infected blood, weed killer, etc.
  • Radioactive material – for example medicinal or commercial isotopes.
  • Strike anywhere matches.
  • Substances liable to spontaneous combustion – for example phosphorus, etc.
  • Corrosive materials – for example acids, mercury, vehicle batteries, etc.
  • Vehicle fuel system components, which have contained fuel.
  • Spare lithium metal batteries.
  • Canned recreational oxygen products.

Items Prohibited On Board Aer Lingus Flights

The following list covers items restricted for carriage on board Aer Lingus flights:

  • Aerosols.
  • Blunt instruments – any blunt instrument capable of causing injury.
  • Chemical and toxic substances – any chemical or toxic substance that poses a risk to the health of passengers and crew or to the security/safety of aircraft or property.
  • Christmas crackers.
  • Electronic cigarettes.
  • Explosive or highly combustible substances, which pose a risk to the health of passengers and crew or to the security/safety of the aircraft property.
  • Gas cigarette lighters are prohibited on all flights to and from the U.S.
  • Guns, firearms and weapons – any object capable or appearing capable of discharging an object or causing injury.
  • Pointed edged weapons and sharp objects – pointed or bladed articles capable of causing injury.
  • Toy or replica guns (plastic or metal).
  • Pointed edged weapons and sharp objects – axes, swords, knives with blades of more than 6cms and scissors with blades of more than 6cms, as measured from the fulcrum.
  • 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.
  • Battery powered mobility aids:
    • Non-spillable batteries.
    • Spillable batteries or 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 can’t 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 of 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), Nebulisers, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) containing lithium batteries, etc. See special assistance section.

  • Chemical agent monitoring equipment.
  • Firearms and/or ammunition (cartridges for weapons), securely packaged.
  • Your local reservations office must receive the following details at least 48 hours before travel.
    • Quantity.
    • Type (handgun, rifle, shotgun).
    • Make/model.
    • Quantity (weight) and calibre.
  • Upon presentation at the airport:
    • Sports guns are dismantled and packed one per case.
    • Sports guns, ammunition and cartridges must be packed separately from other baggage.
    • Sports 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 sports gun upon presentation of their valid firearm license at check-in.

Note: Sports weapons/firearms/ammunition can’t be carried on Aer Lingus Regional flights.