Restricted or Prohibited Items

We make packing easier with a list of items that you should be careful with and the ones you really should leave at home.

What you can and cannot take with you

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.

Know the rules

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).

Common restricted items

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.

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Alcohol or liquor

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In carry-on baggage

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.

In checked baggage

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.

Restrictions

  • Alcohol over 70% alcohol by volume (140 proof) is prohibited (including 95% grain alcohol and 150 proof rum).
  • Up to 5 litres (1.3 gallons) of alcoholic beverages with alcohol content between 24% and 70% (140 proof) is accepted per passenger as checked baggage in its original retail packaging.
  • There is no restriction on the amount of alcohol you may pack in your checked luggage, provided it contains under 24% alcohol by volume (48 proof), such as beer or wine.

Avalanche rescue backpacks

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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:

  • The backpack is suitably packed so that it cannot be activated accidentally.
  • It’s pyrotechnic trigger mechanism does not contain more than 200 mg net of explosive substance as per IATA Division 1.4S.
  • It contains one cartridge of compressed gas as per IATA Division 2.2.
  • The airbags within the backpack are fitted with pressure relief valves
  • Avalanche rescue backpacks must be declared at airport check-in and require airline approval before they are accepted as baggage.

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.

Batteries

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Dry cell batteries

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

Baggage Type Installed
in
Equipment
Spare
Carry-On permitted permitted
Checked permitted not permitted

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 ion/metal batteries

Lithium metal or alloy batteries
e.g. in cell phones, laptops, digital cameras
(must not exceed 2 g lithium content)

Baggage Type Installed
in
Equipment
Spare
Carry-On permitted permitted
Checked permitted with conditions footnote not permitted

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)

Baggage Type Installed
in
Equipment
Spare
Carry-On permitted permitted
(max. 4)
Checked permitted not permitted

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)

Baggage Type Installed
in
Equipment
Spare
Carry-On permitted permitted
(max. 2)
Checked permitted not permitted

Lithium-ion batteries over 160 Watt hours
e.g. in e-bikes, underwater lamps, car batteries, segways, hoverboards

Baggage Type Installed
in
Equipment
Spare
Carry-On not permitted not permitted
Checked not permitted not permitted
Footnote
Return to footnote referrerLithium metal/ion batteries installed in electronic smoking devices are not permitted in checked baggage.

Lithium batteries in wheelchairs or mobility aids

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.

Installed in equipment

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.

Spare batteries

A maximum of one spare battery not exceeding 300 Wh or two spares each not exceeding 160 Wh may be carried.

Packing spare lithium batteries

In carry-on baggage

Spare batteries can be packed in carry-on baggage if steps are taken to protect against short circuits.

  • Keep batteries in their original packaging.
  • If not in original packaging, tape over the electrical connections (contacts or terminals) with electrical tape or regular tape to isolate the battery’s terminals.
  • Placing each battery in it’s own individual plastic bag will also work.
In checked baggage

Spare lithium batteries of any type are prohibited in checked baggage because of the potential fire hazard.

Non-spillable batteries (dry cell/gel)

Passengers may bring battery-powered mobility aids or other portable electronic devices with dry cell or gel, non-spillable batteries, as checked baggage when:

  • Battery is disconnected
  • Terminals are protected from short circuits
  • Battery is securely attached to the wheelchair or mobility aid

You can also take max. 2 spare batteries with exposed terminals protected in a manner to prevent short circuit.

Spillable batteries (wet cell/acid)

We do not transport wet cell batteries, or any battery that is damaged or leaking.

Camping equipment

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The following are accepted in your checked baggage:

  • Unused camping stove in its original, unopened package
  • Used camping stove that has contained flammable liquid will be accepted only if:
    • The fuel tank/fuel cell has been removed from the stove, drained of all liquid fuel and rinsed with a neutralizing agent such as cooking oil
    • The fuel tank is closed with the cap securely fastened, wrapped in absorbent material such as paper towel and then placed in a polyethylene or equivalent bag
    • The top of the bag must be sealed or gathered and closed with an elastic band

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:

  • Fuel tablets
  • Camping stove gas cartridges or refills
  • Flammable gas canisters

Drones

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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:

  • Where the lithium-ion battery exceeds 160 Wh, the device is prohibited in either checked or carry-on baggage.
  • Where the lithium-ion battery exceeds 100 Wh but does not exceed 160 Wh, you may have the device in either checked or carry-on baggage, but approval of the airline is required.
    • Maximum of 2 spare batteries permitted in carry-on baggage only.
    • Spare lithium batteries of any type are prohibited in checked baggage because of the potential fire hazard.

In carry-on baggage

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.

In checked baggage

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 or gel/ice packs

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Dry ice

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:

  • Dry ice must be declared at check-in.
  • Weight of dry ice must not exceed 2.5 kg (5 lb) per passenger.
  • Items must be properly packaged to prevent leakage in a box or container that:
    • Is properly ventilated to allow the release of carbon dioxide
    • Is in good condition and free of any damage
  • Each package must be clearly marked “Dry Ice” or “Carbon Dioxide Solid”, must show the net weight of dry ice and identify the perishable item being preserved by the dry ice.

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

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.

Exceptions:

  • Gel or ice packs that are used to refrigerate medication are exempt from these restrictions, provided the medication bears a label or is accompanied by a doctor’s/pharmacist’s note stating that refrigeration is required.
  • Gel packs used to refrigerate baby food, breast milk or formula for infants younger than two years of age are also permitted in your carry-on.
  • Gel packs in checked baggage are accepted without restrictions.

Electronic cigarettes or vaporizers

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In carry-on baggage

These devices may be carried in the aircraft cabin under the following conditions:

  • The battery can remain installed but the device must be carried on your person to prevent accidental activation.
  • Spare batteries must be protected from short circuit and carried in carry-on baggage.
  • Any liquid components must meet safety restrictions for liquids in carry-on baggage.
  • E-cigarettes cannot be used onboard the aircraft.

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.

In checked baggage

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.

Heat generating equipment or tools

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Curling irons containing hydrocarbon gas

One gas-operated curling iron is accepted per person:

  • without the gas container in your carry-on baggage or
  • with its hydrocarbon gas container in your checked baggage provided the safety cover is securely fitted over the heating element.

Separate gas refills are not permitted in either carry-on or checked baggage.

Battery-operated equipment capable of generating extreme heat

Items such as underwater torches, diving lamps or soldering irons are accepted in checked baggage as long as the following requirements are met:

  • The device and it’s batteries must be declared and approved at check-in.
  • Heat-producing component and the battery must be isolated from each other by the removal of the heat-producing component.
  • The battery or another component (e.g. fuse); and any battery which has been removed must be protected against short circuit (by placement in original retail packaging or by otherwise insulating terminals, e.g. by taping over exposed terminals or placing each battery in a separate plastic bag or protective pouch).

Firearms and ammunition

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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

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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:

  • 200 ml (6.7 fl oz) for liquids
  • 200 g (0.4 lb or 7 oz) for solids
  • 120 ml (4 fl oz) for liquefied gas (non-metallic)
  • 200 ml (6.7 fl oz) for liquefied gas (metal)

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 and matches

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Lighters or matches are not permitted in checked baggage.

You can carry the following on board:

  • One small book of safety matches or
  • One small lighter (for example, common Bic-style lighter)

The following items are prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage

  • Strike-anywhere matches
  • Torch or windproof lighters
  • Lighter fluid
  • Lighters with oil tanks not containing absorbent material (cotton)
  • Cigar lighters (those producing a strong blue flame) and pistol-shaped lighters cannot be checked in with baggage or carried on board.

Please make sure not to leave any lighters in the cabin when disembarking.

Liquids, gels and aerosols

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Carry-on baggage

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

  • All liquids, gels and aerosols, pastes, lotions, creams, drinks and other items of similar consistency must be in containers with a capacity no greater than 100 ml (3.4 oz).
  • Containers must be packed in a transparent, re-sealable plastic bag with a maximum capacity not exceeding 1 litre.
  • Only 1 bag is allowed per traveller, and must be taken out of carry-on baggage for inspection at airport security.
  • Exemptions will be made for medications, baby products, and special dietary requirements. Duty free purchases such as cigarettes, alcohol and perfume are also permitted in reasonable quantities, provided that they have been sealed at the point of purchase in a Security Tamper Evident Bag with the receipt inside.
  • Containers larger than 100 ml will not be accepted, even if they are only partially filled.

Checked baggage

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:

  • They do not exceed a maximum limit of 500 g or 500 ml (16 oz) per container
  • Release valves must be protected by a cap to prevent inadvertent release of the contents.

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:

  • Canned oxygen (also known as recreational or flavoured oxygen)
  • Alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content of 70% or more

Medical marijuana

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Passengers are not permitted to travel with medical marijuana to the United States, without exception.

If you are travelling with medical marijuana within Canada, be prepared to show medical/legal documentation at the security checkpoint. As part of standard procedures, Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) screening officers must call local authorities to verify the validity of the documents. This process can take significantly longer than a normal screening as authorities may have to be called from off site, depending on the airport. For this reason, it is suggested that you allocate extra time for security screening when travelling with medical marijuana.

Porter Airlines is not responsible for the delay caused by additional screening and will not compensate passengers who have missed their flights.

Marijuana 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.

Mercury thermometers and barometers

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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.

Security-type attaché cases

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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.

Self-inflating lifejackets and safety vests

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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.

Sharp objects

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Carry-on or checked?

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.

Shaving razors

  • Safety razors are permitted in your carry-on only if the blade has been removed and stored in your checked baggage.
  • Disposable razors come in two types, the kind that is completely disposable with a handle and all, or the kind where you replace the cartridge only. Both are permissible in carry-on baggage.
  • Straight razors are not allowed in carry-on baggage and must be checked.

Items not permitted in passenger baggage

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.

Battery-operated personal transportation devices

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Due to safety concerns, the following lithium battery-operated personal transportation devices are on our no fly list:

  • Hoverboards
  • Airwheels
  • Balance wheels / balance glider
  • Electric skateboards
  • Electric bikes
  • Mini-Segways
  • Recreational scooters

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.

Fireworks, Christmas crackers, and sparklers

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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.

Defense sprays and disabling devices

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Devices specifically designed to stun, disable or immobilise are not permitted onboard the aircraft. These include:

  • Devices for shocking, such as tasers, stun guns, and stun batons
  • Animal stunners
  • Disabling and incapacitating chemicals, gases and sprays, such as mace, pepper sprays, capsicum sprays, tear gas, acid sprays and animal repellent sprays.

Other Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT)

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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:

  • Corrosives such as acids, mercury, alkaline or cell battery liquids
  • Explosives (blasting caps, dynamite, pyrotechnic materials, signal rockets, gunpowder)
  • Household cleaners (bleach, cleaning solvents, drain cleaners, spray disinfectants, starch)
  • Flammable liquids or solids (strike anywhere matches, windproof lighters, fuel, paint etc.)
  • Gases
  • Oxidizing substances such as bleach and peroxide
  • Radioactive material
  • Smoke-generating canisters and smoke-generating cartridges
  • Toxic and infectious substances (pesticides, insecticides, diagnostic specimens, live virus materials)
  • Miscellaneous dangerous substances and articles, including environmentally hazardous substances.
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