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Items unacceptable as baggage


In accordance with the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) “Technical Instructions For the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air,” the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) “Dangerous Goods Regulations” and relevant Air China regulations, the following items are prohibited from carriage as or in checked baggage and must not be brought into the cabin as unchecked baggage.


1. Explosive or combustible substances and devices

Explosive or combustible devices (substances) that are capable of causing serious bodily harm or endangering the safety of the aircraft, or items that may be mistaken for such devices (substances) include:

(1) Ammunition such as bombs, grenades, flares, incendiary devices, smoke bombs, signal flares, tear gas grenades, gas bombs and bullets (lead bullets, blank cartridges, dummy rounds).

(2) Explosive materials such as explosives, blasting caps, fuses, detonators, safety fuses, detonating fuses and blasting agents.

(3) Pyrotechnic articles such as fireworks, firecrackers, smoke cakes, smoke bombs and display shells.

(4) Imitations of the aforementioned items.

2. Dangerous goods

(1) Compressed and liquefied gases such as hydrogen, methane, ethane, butane, natural gas, ethylene, propylene, acetylene (dissolved in media), carbon monoxide, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), Freon, oxygen, carbon dioxide, water gas, lighter fluid and liquefied gas for use in lighters.

(2) Self-igniting materials such as yellow phosphorus, white phosphorus, nitrocellulose (including photographic film), oil paper and oil paper products.

(3) Substances that emit flammable gases when wet such as potassium, sodium, lithium, calcium carbide (calcium acetylide) and magnalium powder.

(4) Flammable liquids such as gasoline, kerosene, diesel, benzene, ethanol (alcohol), acetone, diethyl ether, paint, paint thinner, pine rosin and products containing flammable solvents.

(5) Flammable solids such as red phosphorus, flash powder, solid alcohol, celluloids and foaming agents.

(6) Oxidizing agents and organic peroxides such as potassium permanganate, potassium chlorate, sodium peroxide, potassium peroxide, lead peroxide, peracetic acid and hydrogen peroxide.

(7) Poisons such as cyanide, arsenic, highly toxic pesticides and other highly toxic chemicals.

(8) Corrosive substances such as sulfuric acid, hydrochloric acid, nitric acid, sodium hydroxide, potassium hydroxide and mercury (quicksilver).

(9) Radioactive substances such as radioisotopes.

3. Firearms (including major components)

(1) Firearms designed for military and public security purposes: pistols, rifles, submachine guns, machine guns, riot guns, etc.

(2) Firearms designed for civilian purposes: air guns, shotguns, sporting guns, tranquilizer guns, etc.

(3) Other firearms: prop firearms, starting pistols, BB guns, foreign firearms and all kinds of illegally manufactured firearms.

(4) Imitations of the aforementioned items in sections 1–3.

4. Controlled implements

(1) Controlled cutting implements such as daggers (a single-bladed, double-bladed or multi-bladed sharp knife with an edge angle of less than 60° and a handle, cross guard and fuller), triangular scrapers (cutting implements with three blades used in machining), switchblades or jump knives with self-locking mechanisms (folding knives with blades that are locked in position by a spring or latch when opened or extended), other similar single-bladed, double-bladed or three-cornered sharp knives (single, double or multi-bladed knives with an edge angle of less than 60° and a blade length greater 150 mm) and all other single-bladed, double-bladed or multi-bladed cutting implements with an edge angle of less than 60° and a blade length greater than 220 mm.

(2) Weapons and tools for military and police use such as batons, stun guns, daggers designed for military or police purposes, handcuffs, thumbcuffs, fetters and tear gas sprayers.

(3) Other controlled implements that are subject to national regulations, e.g. crossbows.

5. Other items that may result in personal injury or pose a significant risk to aviation safety and orderly transportation, including:

(1) Infectious diseases/pathogens such as the hepatitis B virus (HBV), Bacillus anthracis (anthrax), mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB) and the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).

(2) Sources of fire (including all types of ignition devices) such as lighters, matches, cigarette lighters and firesteels (flintstones).

(3) Power banks, lithium batteries with a rated energy greater than 160 Wh.

(4)Electric vehicles powered by lithium batteries such as hoverboards, scooters and bicycles (separate provisions are in place for electric wheelchairs used by disabled persons and the lithium batteries used in these items).

(5) Alcoholic beverages that exceed 70% alcohol by volume (ABV).

(6) Strongly magnetic materials, items that have a strong and irritating odor or are likely to cause passengers to panic, and items that are potentially dangerous as their characteristics cannot be determined.”

6. Other

(1) Live animals (except as otherwise stipulated by Air China, e.g. cats and dogs that may be carried as pets).

(2) Perishable items with a strong odor (e.g. durian fruit).

(3) Items prohibited by law from leaving, entering or transiting through the People’s Republic of China or other countries in the course of transportation.

(4) Items unsuitable for carriage due to their packaging, shape, weight, size or nature.

(5) Other items that are prohibited for carriage according to national laws, administrative regulations or other rules and regulations.

(6) Self-heating food (e.g. self-heating hot pots, self-heating ‘Lazy Hot Pots’).

(7) Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones.


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