Restricted luggage

Restricted luggage

Flybe Smart Bag Restrictions*

In line with IATA guidelines, there will be restrictions on smart bags as checked-in or carry-on baggage on all Flybe flights as follows:

For cabin baggage:

  • Smart bags are allowed in the cabin if the battery is removed by the passenger and the bag is within the cabin baggage size and weight limits.
  • If the battery is not removable, the smart bag can’t be carried on a Flybe flight.

For checked baggage:

  • Smart bags are allowed in checked baggage if the battery is removed and carried in the cabin with terminals protected.
  • If the smart bag exceeds the cabin baggage size/weight limitations for the route, and the battery is not removable, then the smart bag can’t be carried on a Flybe flight.


*This restriction still applies to Flybe flights even if you’re connecting to/from an airline that accepts them.


What is a smart bag?

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), a smart bag may include features such as:

  • Lithium ion battery and motor allowing it to be used as a personal transportation device, either as a stand-up scooter or sit-on vehicle. These devices do not meet the criteria of a mobility device
  • Lithium ion battery power bank that allows charging of other electronic devices such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops
  • GPS tracking devices with or without GSM capability
  • Bluetooth, RFID and Wi-Fi capability
  • Electronic baggage tags
  • Electronic lock(s)
  • Lithium ion battery, motor and tracking device (GPS) allowing the bag to self-propel and “follow” the owner

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.

Electronic, water vapour cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) must be carried in the cabin and NOT in checked baggage. They are NOT permitted to be used on-board the aircraft at any time.

Passengers may NOT carry e-cig refills which bear the toxic warning label toxic-warning.jpg in cabin or hold baggage. Any product bearing this label is forbidden on the aircraft. Some airports may confiscate all e-cig refills.

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.

Without prejudice to applicable safety rules, passengers are not permitted to carry the following articles into security restricted areas and on board an aircraft:

  1. Guns, firearms and other devices that discharge projectiles — devices capable, or appearing capable, of being used to cause serious injury by discharging a projectile, including:
  2. firearms of all types, such as pistols, revolvers, rifles, shotguns,
  3. toy guns, replicas and imitation firearms capable of being mistaken for real weapons,
  4. component parts of firearms, excluding telescopic sights,
  5. compressed air and CO2 guns, such as pistols, pellet guns, rifles and ball bearing guns,
  6. signal flare pistols and starter pistols,
  7. bows**, cross bows and arrows,
  8. Harpoon guns and spear guns
  9. Slingshots and catapults *
  10. Stunning devices — devices designed specifically to stun or immobilise, including:
  11. devices for shocking, such as stun guns, tasers and stun batons,
  12. animal stunners and animal killers,
  13. disabling and incapacitating chemicals, gases and sprays, such as mace, pepper sprays, capsicum sprays, tear gas, acid sprays and animal repellent sprays;
  14. Objects with a sharp point or sharp edge — objects with a sharp point or sharp edge capable of being used to cause serious injury, including:
  15. items designed for chopping, such as axes, hatchets and cleavers,
  16. ice axes and ice picks,
  17. razor blades*,
  18. box cutters,
  19. knives with blades of more than 6 cm,
  20. scissors with blades of more than 6 cm as measured from the fulcrum,
  21. martial arts equipment with a sharp point or sharp edge,
  22. swords and sabres;
  23. Workmen's tools* — tools capable of being used either to cause serious injury or to threaten the safety of aircraft, including:
  24. crowbars,
  25. drills and drill bits, including cordless portable power drills,
  26. tools with a blade or a shaft of more than 6 cm capable of use as a weapon, such as screwdrivers and chisels,
  27. saws, including cordless portable power saws,
  28. blowtorches,
  29. bolt guns and nail guns;
  30. Blunt instruments — objects capable of being used to cause serious injury when used to hit, including:
  31. baseball and softball bats*,
  32. clubs* and batons, such as billy clubs, blackjacks and night sticks,
  33. martial arts equipment;
  34. Explosives and incendiary substances and devices — explosives and incendiary substances and devices capable, or appearing capable, of being used to cause serious injury or to pose a threat to the safety of aircraft, including:
  35. ammunition,
  36. blasting caps,
  37. detonators and fuses,
  38. replica or imitation explosive devices,
  39. mines, grenades and other explosive military stores,
  40. fireworks and other pyrotechnics,
  41. smoke-generating canisters and smoke-generating cartridges,
  42. dynamite, gunpowder and plastic explosives.
  43. Radioactive materials including medicinal or commercial isotopes.


Items denoted with ‘*’ symbol may be carried in the hold of the aircraft on flights operated by Stobart Air provided they are suitably packed.


** Bows may be carried on the hold of the aircraft on all Flybe flights operated by Stobart Air. 


List of items / articles accepted as hold baggage on Flybe flights operated by Stobart Air

Items acceptable in the hold baggage provided they are suitably packed:

  • Catapults,
  • Cutlery and knives with blades of length under 6cm,
  • Razor blades (both open bladed and safety razors),
  • Workmen’s tools,
  • Darts,
  • Scissors with blades of length under 6cm, measured from the fulcrum,
  • Hypodermic Syringes (unless required on the cabin for medical reasons),
  • Knitting Needles,
  • Large sporting bats and clubs,
  • Billiard, Snooker and Pool Cues,
  • Ski and Walking/Hiking Poles.


Any sharp objects in checked-in baggage should be security wrapped to prevent injury to screeners and handling personnel.

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 approvalto carry them on the aircraft;
The following list covers the items that canbe 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) 
  • If you are planning to take an electric bike,  please contact our Cargo agent ‘Air Logistics Ltd’ for guidance on Tel: 01332 819204 or [email protected] If approved, the bike will need to be packed, labelled, marked, documented and consigned as dangerous goods

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.