We make packing easier with a list of items that you should be careful with and the ones you really should leave at home.
Many common, everyday items that seem harmless could pose a hazard aboard the aircraft during the flight due to their chemical or physical properties that may be affected by changes in pressure and temperature.
Before you begin packing for your trip, please take a minute or two to review what you can and can’t take with you on your flight, so you can enjoy a smooth, hassle free journey – from check-in to final boarding call.
Regulations may vary by country, so always check local airport restrictions and rules before you fly, especially if you are transferring to another airline at any point in your journey.
For flights departing from Canada, you can find a complete list of items which are federally restricted from being carried onboard our aircraft on the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority External site which may not meet accessibility guidelines (CATSA) website.
For flights departing from the US, visit the website of the US Transport Security Administration External site which may not meet accessibility guidelines (TSA).
Specific restrictions apply to the transportation of certain objects and substances in an aircraft. The amount or quantity of these items is precisely defined. If these amounts are exceeded, transportation will be prohibited.
Duty-free alcohol purchased after the security checkpoint is allowed in your carry-on as long as it is carried in a sealed duty-free issued Secure Tamper-Evident Bag (STEB).
Alcohol brought onboard a Porter flight cannot be consumed on board. We offer free beer and wine as part of our inflight service, should you wish.
Passengers travelling on connecting flights should be aware that the security bags are valid for a maximum of 48 hours. A receipt must accompany all purchases and the security bag must not be tampered with or opened prior to going through security at a transfer airport.
Alcohol in unopened retail packaging purchased before a security checkpoint or homemade beer or wine, must be packed in your checked baggage. Homemade liquor is not permitted, as the alcohol content cannot be verified.
Avalanche rescue backpacks are not accepted on flights to, from or via the United States.
One avalanche backpack will be accepted per passenger in either carry-on or checked baggage on domestic flights, under the following conditions:
Avalanche transceivers are accepted in both carry-on and checked baggage, however, the batteries must be removed from the unit and transported in carry-on baggage. Each battery should be placed in its own protective case or have the terminals protected with tape to prevent short-circuiting.
Alkaline, zinc-carbon (dry cell), nickel metal hydride (NiMH), nickel cadmium (NiCd) and silver oxide batteries (Non lithium)
e.g. in flashlights or household electronic devices
These batteries must be securely installed in devices or have exposed terminals protected in a manner to prevent short circuit. Electrical tape, individually bagging batteries in sealable plastic bags, or plastic covers designed to protect the terminals from short circuit would all meet this requirement.
Lithium metal or alloy batteries
e.g. in cell phones, laptops, digital cameras
(must not exceed 2 g lithium content)
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Lithium-ion batteries less than or equal to 100 Watt hours (Wh)
e.g. in cell phones, laptops, digital cameras
(must not exceed 2 g lithium content)
Lithium-ion batteries greater than 100 but less than or equal to 160 Watt hours
e.g. in video equipment or portable medical devices
(lithium content exceeding 2 g, but not more than 8 g only)
Lithium-ion batteries over 160 Watt hours
e.g. in e-bikes, underwater lamps, car batteries, segways, hoverboards
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Should you need to travel with a lithium battery operated wheelchair or mobility aid, you must contact us to make arrangements in advance of your flight.
The battery must not exceed 300 Wh, or for a device that is fitted with two batteries required for operation, each battery must not exceed 160 Wh.
A maximum of one spare battery not exceeding 300 Wh or two spares each not exceeding 160 Wh may be carried.
Spare batteries can be packed in carry-on baggage if steps are taken to protect against short circuits.
Spare lithium batteries of any type are prohibited in checked baggage because of the potential fire hazard.
Passengers may bring battery-powered mobility aids or other portable electronic devices with dry cell or gel, non-spillable batteries, as checked baggage when:
You can also take max. 2 spare batteries with exposed terminals protected in a manner to prevent short circuit.
We do not transport wet cell batteries, or any battery that is damaged or leaking.
The following are accepted in your checked baggage:
If the fuel tank has not been flushed or any fuel smell is detected during the check-in process (including an inspection), the item will be denied carriage.
The following are not accepted in either your carry-on or checked baggage:
Whether you can bring your drone in checked or carry-on baggage is determined by the size (Watt-hour rating) of the lithium-ion battery as follows:
Drones in carry-on baggage must remain turned off. The carry-on bag must meet the carry-on baggage size and weight requirements and be safely stowed at all times. Drones cannot be used at any airport or onboard the aircraft.
When going through security with a drone, your gear may be subject to additional screening. Bear in mind that the final decision on whether you can bring this item through the airport security check-point rests with that airport security officials.
Drones are accepted in checked baggage providing that the lithium batteries have been removed from the drone and carried onboard in your carry-on baggage. Drones must be properly packaged for shipping.
Dry ice can be used to keep perishable items (e.g. seafood) cool in your carry-on or checked baggage provided the following conditions are met:
If your itinerary includes a connecting flight with another airline you may NOT travel with a dry ice container as checked baggage due to special handling requirements.
Gel or ice packs in carry-on baggage are subject to all liquid and gel restrictions. If possible, we encourage you to use frozen peas/vegetables as an alternative to gel packs to keep your perishable items in your carry-on fresh.
These devices may be carried in the aircraft cabin under the following conditions:
If you are taking advantage of our GatePorter service, please do not forget to take your e-cigarette out of your carry-on bag and take it with you on board.
E-cigarettes are not permitted in checked baggage due to their lithium battery’s propensity to catch fire
Laws for using e-cigarettes change frequently and some countries have completely banned the import, export, or use of electronic cigarettes. Please check local regulations for your destination before you travel.
One gas-operated curling iron is accepted per person:
Separate gas refills are not permitted in either carry-on or checked baggage.
Items such as underwater torches, diving lamps or soldering irons are accepted in checked baggage as long as the following requirements are met:
For more information on firearms and ammunition restrictions, please visit our Sporting Equipment page and review the Hunting, sporting firearms and ammunition section.
Fuel cells and up to 2 spare fuel cartridges for powering portable electronic devices (e.g. laptops, cell phones or cameras) are accepted in your carry-on only.
Refueling of fuel cells on board an aircraft is not permitted. Installation of a spare cartridge is allowed.
The maximum quantity of fuel in any fuel cell or fuel cell cartridge must not exceed the following:
The fuel cell cartridges must have a water capacity of 4 fl oz (120 ml) or less for hydrogen in metal hydride. Each fuel cell or cartridge must be marked with the maximum quantity and type of fuel.
Each fuel cell or cartridge must be marked with a manufacturer's certification that it conforms to IEC PAS 62282–6–100 Ed.1 and must be durably marked by the manufacturer: “APPROVED FOR CARRIAGE IN AIRCRAFT CABIN ONLY.”
Fuel cells whose sole function is to charge a battery in the device are not permitted.
Lighters or matches are not permitted in checked baggage.
You can carry the following on board:
The following items are prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage
Please make sure not to leave any lighters in the cabin when disembarking.
Safety regulations limit the quantity of liquids, aerosols and gels that can be transported in your carry-on baggage. To speed up security screening, please ensure that the liquids, personal/toiletry items and non-solid food in your carry-on are packaged properly before arriving at the airport
Any containers larger than 100 ml (3.4 oz) should be packed in your checked baggage as long as they are not containing prohibited items.
Toiletry articles or aerosols such as deodorant, hair spray, insect repellant and nail polish remover are accepted as checked baggage providing that:
The total net quantity of toiletry articles and aerosols in checked baggage must not exceed 2 kg or 2 L (70 oz) per person.
The following items are not accepted in your carry-on or checked baggage:
Passengers are not permitted to travel with medical marijuana to the United States, without exception.
Passengers authorized by Health Canada to carry medical cannabis (marijuana) must present legal documentation permitting possession if the amount of medical cannabis they are carrying appears to be more than the legal limit for recreational cannabis (30 grams) As part of standard procedure, Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) screening officers may call local authorities to verify the validity of the documents. This process can take significantly longer than normal screenings as authorities may have to be called from off site, depending on the airport. For this reason, it is suggested that passengers allocate extra time for security screening when travelling with medical cannabis over the legal limit for recreational cannabis.
Porter Airlines is not responsible for the delay caused by additional screening and will not compensate passengers who have missed their flights.
Canada’s Cannabis Act came into effect on October 17, 2018. It remains illegal to travel across the border and internationally with cannabis (marijuana), and products containing cannabis, in your possession, regardless of whether you are going to or from a country or state with legalized use.
Those travelling domestically within Canada are permitted to carry cannabis within the legalized personal possession limits (up to 30 grams). This is subject to requirements that may be introduced by authorities. When you are travelling within Canada, it is your responsibility to learn the laws of the province you are going to.
Cannabis must be kept stowed in carry-on luggage at all times and cannot be consumed, rolled or otherwise exposed to the cabin or other passengers at any time.
Mercurial barometer or mercurial thermometer carried by a representative of a government weather bureau or similar official agency is permitted as carry-on baggage only as long as it is declared and approved at airport check-in.
The barometer or thermometer must be packed in a bag of strong leak-proof and puncture-resistant material impervious to mercury, which will prevent the escape of mercury from the package.
Briefcases, cash boxes and diplomat's cases with built-in alarm devices that incorporate lithium batteries and/or pyrotechnic materials are forbidden as carry-on baggage.
They will be accepted as checked baggage pending air carrier approval as long they are declared for inspection at airport check-in.
Security type equipment that is defective or that has been damaged is forbidden.
A life jacket or safety vest containing up to two small nonflammable gas cartridges (containing no hazardous material other than a Division 2.2) is accepted per passenger in either carry-on or checked baggage.
In addition, two spare cartridges are also permitted. The water capacity of each cylinder must not exceed 50 ml. For carbon dioxide, a gas cylinder with a water capacity of 50 mL is equivalent to a 28 g cartridge.
The personal safety device and spare cartridges must be declared at check-in to receive approval and must be suitably packed to prevent accidental activation.
Breeze through security by placing anything with blades, points or spikes in your checked baggage. All sharp objects in checked baggage must be securely wrapped to prevent screening officers and baggage handlers from being injured.
Please note that concealed knives or blades of any length (e.g. lipstick knives, penknives, credit card knives, switchblade knives, tactical pen, as well as nunchucks or nunchaku sticks) are considered illegal under the Criminal code of Canada and if presented or found at a pre-board screening checkpoint, the protocol requires CATSA to notify the police which in turn may lead to criminal charges being laid.
Some sharp items such as knitting needles, nail clippers, tweezers, small scissors (up to 6 cm/2.4 inches) corkscrews, or cigar cutters without attached blades are generally permitted in your carry-on bag, however since the final decision rests with a security officer, please be aware that these items could be confiscated.
Due to safety regulations, certain objects or substances may not be transported on an aircraft at all as they could endanger the safety of an aircraft and/or persons on board the aircraft. They are not permitted in either carry-on or checked baggage.
Due to safety concerns, the following lithium battery-operated personal transportation devices are on our no fly list:
These personal transport vehicles are not accepted in either checked baggage or carry-on baggage due to safety concerns associated with the lithium batteries that power them.
Fire crackers, Christmas crackers, party poppers, sparklers or fireworks present a number of hazards, including explosivity and flammability.
They are not accepted as either checked or carry-on baggage on commercial airlines.
Devices specifically designed to stun, disable or immobilise are not permitted onboard the aircraft. These include:
For safety reasons, Porter does not accept hazardous goods for transport.
The following items are examples of hazardous materials or dangerous goods that are not allowed on a Porter flight, in either carry-on or in checked baggage: