Dangerous goods in baggage
Dangerous goods in baggage

Dangerous goods

These items are forbidden in travel baggage

Dangerous goods

Generally forbidden in both hand and hold baggage

Certain objects must not be taken in travel baggage as they are too dangerous. A list can be found on the Luftfahrtbundesamt (LBA) website. In addition to the general requirements some airlines have additional restrictions, and these also have to be observed. 

Prohibited articles

Explosive materials such as munitions, fireworks, sparklers, gas cartridges, radioactive or oxidising materials, bleaches, poisons (insect sprays), infectious or environmentally hazardous materials must not be taken.

It is not permitted to take corrosive substances and liquids (e.g. wet cell batteries, quicksilver - even as part of equipment and devices) in hold baggage. Furthermore, flammable materials and liquids as well as spontaneously combustible or active in water (e.g. varnishes, dyes or thinners) are forbidden in baggage.

Alcoholic items with more than 70% alcohol cannot be carried in hold baggage.

Electronic cigarettes must not be transported in hold baggage, but can only be carried in hand baggage. Petrol lighters and windproof lighters as well as refill cartridges must not be transported on the plane. A gas lighter is permitted per passenger, provided it is carried on the person. If lighters are found in baggage, then these will be disposed of.

Lithium-ion batteries must not be transported individually in hold baggage. Fixed batteries in electronic devices are an exception. Replacement batteries and charging devices must be taken in hand baggage.

Defence sprays and chainsaws are also not allowed in hold baggage.

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