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Restricted luggage

Restricted luggage

Important information on the carriage of liquids

Passengers may take through airport security liquids such as toiletries including:

  • Perfume
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Shaving foam
  • Lip gloss

Please ensure that vessels holding liquids contain no more than 100ml each.

All individual liquid items must fit comfortably into one transparent, re-sealable bag no larger than 1 litre or approximately 20cm x 20cm (about the size of a small freezer bag). The bag must fit into either your cabin bag or your additional under seat cabin bag but will be asked to present the bag separately when going through airport security.

For further information please see the Department for Transport website.

Prohibited articles

Prohibited articles include sharp items such as scissors, knives of any description. Tools and sharp accessories including screwdrivers, imitation toy guns, hypodermic needles, sporting equipment or any items which may be considered to be a safety risk to the passengers or crew, are prohibited from the aircraft cabin and must be packed in hold baggage.

Dangerous goods

Dangerous goods are broken down into 3 categories:

  1. Dangerous goods which cannot be taken onto an aircraft;
  2. Dangerous goods for which you will require Flybe approval of your intention to carry them on an aircraft;
  3. Dangerous goods that you can lawfully carry on an aircraft.


To ensure the safety of their aircraft and all those on board, passengers' checked in hold luggage or cabin bag must not contain articles or substances that could pose a danger (some exemptions apply), these include:

Batteries can short circuit and catch fire if they are carried loose in your bag. They must be protected against contact with other metal items (e.g. by being in their original packaging or own protective case) and carried in your cabin bag. Equipment containing such batteries should be carried in your cabin bag.

List of dangerous items

1. Dangerous goods which cannot be taken onto an aircraft:
If you check in with dangerous goods that fit into category 1 or 2 without prior notification they will be confiscated by airline staff or security officers under guidelines issued by the Department for Transport and Civil Aviation Authority.

1. Dangerous goods which cannot be taken onto an aircraft

  • Corrosives materials – acids, alkalis, wet cell batteries, etc.
  • Disabling devices – such as mace, pepper spray, etc.
  • Electro shock weapons – (e.g. Tasers) - containing dangerous goods such as explosives, compressed gases. Lithium batteries, etc.
  • Explosives - fireworks, flares, etc.
  • 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
  • Flammable gas cylinders
  • Flammable liquids - paint, petrol, lighter refills, solvents, varnish, etc.
  • Flammable solids - firelighters, etc.
  • Oxidising materials - bleach, peroxides, some fertilisers, etc.
  • Strike anywhere matches
  • Substances liable to spontaneous combustion
  • Substances that emit flammable gases in contact with water
  • Toxic (poisonous) substances - weed killer, insecticides, etc.

2. Dangerous goods for which you require Flybe approval to carry them on the aircraft;
The following list covers the items that can be carried on flights with Flybe, they will require the airline's approval prior to flying:

  • Avalanche rescue pack
  • Camping stoves and fuel containers (empty and purged)
  • Ammunition in checked baggage
  • Heat-producing articles – underwater torches, soldering irons, etc.
  • Non-flammable gas cylinder – as part of a life-jacket or SCUBA gear
  • Oxygen and other small cylinders for medical use
  • Solid carbon dioxide (dry ice) 

3. Dangerous goods that you can lawfully carry on an aircraft
The following covers items that can be lawfully carried on Flybe flights; they are still restricted to specific limits on quantities or dimensions and may need to be presented at security in compliance with the liquids, aerosols and gels regulations:

  • Aerosols - non-flammable for sporting and home use
  • Alcoholic beverages - you cannot consume your own alcohol on board
  • Devices containing lithium cells or batteries - laptop computers, cameras, camcorders, etc.
  • Hair-curlers containing hydrocarbon gas
  • Insulated packages containing refrigerated liquid nitrogen (dry shipper) fully absorbed in a porous material and containing only non-dangerous goods
  • Non-radioactive medicinal or toilet articles - hairsprays, perfumes, colognes, medicines, etc.
  • Non-flammable, non-toxic gas cylinders - e.g. for operation of mechanical limbs
  • Spare lithium batteries (cabin only) Maximum 2 spares including power banks
  • Safety Matches (one small packet) or one cigarette lighter which must be presented at security as part of your liquids and then removed and carried on your person throughout the flight

Items which are deemed dangerous or may affect the safety of the aircraft and/or its occupants will be confiscated. If you have any doubts regarding the suitability of an item, please contact the Customer Call Centre for further advice

Please be reminded that all passengers are not to accept articles of baggage from other persons, and not to leave baggage unattended. Please contact Flybe at the airport if you are given articles to carry for another person, or if you have not been able to keep your baggage under constant supervision.

More information on Dangerous Items can be obtained from the CAA.