Restricted/Prohibited Items

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.

Note: Aer Lingus has been advised that the U.S. Department of Transportation has issued an emergency order banning all Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone devices from air transportation in the United States and Canada. Guests who own or possess a Samsung Galaxy Note7 device may not transport the device on their person, in carry-on baggage, or in checked baggage on flights to, from, or within the United States.

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.

Note: Segways are strictly prohibited both as checked or cabin baggage aboard Aer Lingus aircraft. Segways are small two wheeled motorised vehicle used as a convenient mode of transport. There are many names and brand names associated with such vehicles - Segway's, Swagway's, Swegway's, Mini Swegway's 'Hoverboards' etc. All such vehicles are strictly prohibited.

List of prohibited articles into the Security Restricted Area of an airport and on onboard aircraft

(in accordance with EU security legislation)

(a) 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:

  • firearms of all types, such as pistols, revolvers, rifles, shotguns,
  • toy guns, replicas and imitation firearms capable of being mistaken for real weapons, component parts of firearms, excluding telescopic sights,
  • compressed air and CO2 guns, such as pistols, pellet guns, rifles and ball bearing guns,
  • signal flare pistols and starter pistols, - bows, cross bows and arrows,
  • harpoon guns and spear guns,
  • slingshots and catapults;

(b) stunning devices - devices designed specifically to stun or immobilise, including:

  • devices for shocking, such as stun guns, tasers and stun batons,
  • animal stunners and animal killers,
  • disabling and incapacitating chemicals, gases and sprays, such as mace, pepper sprays, capsicum sprays, tear gas, acid sprays and animal repellent sprays;

(c) 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:

  • items designed for chopping, such as axes, hatchets and cleavers,
  • ice axes and ice picks,
  • razor blades,
  • box cutters,
  • knives with blades of more than 6 cm,
  • scissors with blades of more than 6 cm as measured from the fulcrum,
  • martial arts equipment with a sharp point or sharp edge,
  • swords and sabres;

(d) workmen's tools-tools capable of being used either to cause serious injury or to threaten the safety of aircraft, including:

  • crowbars,
  • drills and drill bits, including cordless portable power drills,
  • tools with a blade or a shaft of more than 6 cm capable of use as a weapon, such as screwdrivers and chisels,
  • saws, including cordless portable power saws,
  • blowtorches,
  • bolt guns and nail guns;

(e) blunt instruments-objects capable of being used to cause serious injury when used to hit, including:

  • baseball and softball bats,
  • clubs and batons, such as billy clubs, blackjacks and night sticks,
  • martial arts equipment;

(f) explosives 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:

  • ammunition,
  • blasting caps,
  • detonators and fuses,
  • replica or imitation explosive devices,
  • mines, grenades and other explosive military stores,
  • fireworks and other pyrotechnics,
  • smoke-generating canisters and smoke-generating cartridges,
  • dynamite, gunpowder and plastic explosives.

(g) Segways are strictly prohibited both as checked or cabin baggage aboard Aer Lingus aircraft. Segways are small two wheeled motorised vehicle used as a convenient mode of transport. There are many names and brand names associated with such vehicles - Segway's, Swagway's, Swegway's, Mini Swegway's 'Hoverboards' etc. All such vehicles are strictly prohibited.

(h) Aer Lingus has been advised that the U.S. Department of Transportation has issued an emergency order banning all Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone devices from air transportation in the United States and Canada. Guests who own or possess a Samsung Galaxy Note7 device may not transport the device on their person, in carry-on baggage, or in checked baggage on flights to, from, or within the United States.

List of prohibited articles in hold baggage

Passengers are not permitted to carry the following articles in their hold baggage:

explosives and incendiary substances and devices-explosives and incendiary substances and devices capable of being used to cause serious injury or to pose a threat to the safety of aircraft, including:

  • 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.

  • 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.
    Firearms:
    • Quantity.
    • Type (handgun, rifle, shotgun).
    • Make/model.
    Ammunition:
    • 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.