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The following information is important and applies to all passengers on British Airways flights.

Dangerous articles in baggage

Passenger baggage must not contain any articles or substances that may present a danger during transport, including those listed below. Some exceptions apply.

Dangerous articles in baggage.
  • Compressed gases (deeply refrigerated, flammable, non-flammable and poisonous) such as butane, oxygen, liquid nitrogen, aqualung cylinders and compressed gas cylinders.
  • Disabling devices or substances such as mace, pepper spray and Tasers.
  • Corrosives, such as acids, alkalis, wet cell batteries, and items containing mercury.
  • Explosives, munitions, ammunition including blank cartridges, hand guns, fireworks, flares and pistol caps.
  • Flammable liquids and solids, such as lighters that need inverting before ignition, lighter fuel, fire lighters, paints and thinners.
  • Matches (one box of safety matches may be carried on the person).
  • Radioactive materials.
  • Brief cases and attache cases with installed alarm devices.
  • Oxidising materials such as bleaching powder and peroxides.
  • Poisons and infectious substances, such as insecticides, weed killers and live virus materials.
  • Other dangerous articles, such as magnetised material, cooking oils, dry-ice, offensive or irritating materials.
  • Medicines and toiletries in limited quantities required by passengers during the journey, such as hairsprays, perfumes and medicines may be carried.
  • Many of these listed articles can be carried as air cargo provided they are packed in accordance with cargo regulations.

Download our guide to dangerous goods (PDF 28 KB, English only)

View our full liquids, banned and restricted items guidelines to help you decide what to take and what to leave at home.


If you are in any doubt please contact us before booking.