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Dangerous goods

Check the list of dangerous substances and objects prohibited during flight to avoid any setbacks.

Dangerous goods are items or substances that may put health, security, property or the environment at risk. Transportation of these elements as carry on baggage or free allowed baggage is regulated according to its classification. Some of these may not be carried during flight under any circumstance.

Important: we remind you that the battery of Galaxy Note 7 devices may not be recharged inside the plane’s cabin.
Transportation of these mobile phones as free allowed baggage inside the haul is also not allowed.

There are several types of dangerous goods. Find out their classification below.

Depending on their level of risk and protocols required for their safe transportation in commercial flights, dangerous goods are divided into 9 classes.

Below is an explanation of this classification and some examples.

​​Class Description​ Examples
Explosives

Substances or objects that present a risk of explosion.

​Grenades, ammunition, incendiary devices, Christmas crackers, gunpowder, items for fireworks, flares, among others.

Gases


Flammable, non-flammable and toxic gases.

Compressed oxygen, nitrogen, aerosols, butane, methane, lighters, helium and propane.
Flammable liquids


Liquid substances that emanate flammable vapors at certain temperatures.


Alcohols, aldehydes, gasoline, diesel fuel, paint and paint thinner.​
Flammable solids


Substances that react to friction, spontaneously and/or with water.

Phosphorus, sodium, lithium, potassium, unprocessed cotton.
Oxidizing substances and organic peroxides


Substances which may release oxygen, cause combustion or react with other substances.

Compressed oxygen, hydrogen peroxide (oxygenated water), benzoyl peroxide.
Toxic and infectious substances


Substances that can cause death when inhaled, ingested or enter into contact with skin. Microorganisms that can cause diseases.​​


Cyanide, chlorine, potassium fluoroacetate, blood samples, bacteria, fungi and viruses.
Radioactive material


Elements that emit ionizing radiation (X-rays, alpha, beta and gamma rays).


Barium-133, Cobalt-55, Iodine-123, Indium-111 and radiopharmaceuticals.
Corrosive substances


Substances that due to their chemical action may cause damage to tissue or surfaces.​

Acids and alkalis: sulfuric acid, hydrochloric acid, sodium and potassium hydroxide and hypochlorite.
Dangerous substances and goods


Objects and substances that during transport present a danger not covered in any other class.


Parts or spare parts with fuel vapor, dry ice, lithium batteries, magnetized material, substances that are harmful to the environment.

Parcels that due to their nature do not pose a risk must be prepared in safe packaging, tamper proof within the normal logistics chain, in order to protect the content.

Below are some elements that are not classified as dangerous goods:

  • Oils: lubricants are not considered dangerous goods as long as it is proven that they are outside the range of risk for flashpoint, which is above 60˚C. Oils for human consumption do not pose a risk.

  • Biological products: vaccines, hormones and growth factors. In some cases, dry ice is used for storage. Take into account that the total weight of the elements and their container may not exceed 2.5 kilograms. The packaging must allow for release of carbon dioxide.

  • Refrigerating gels: there is no restriction for their transportation.

  • Beverages:

    • Not restricted: if their alcohol percentage is less than 24%.

    • Restricted: if their alcohol percentage is between 24% and 70%. A maximum of 5 liters may be transported.

    • Forbidden: if their alcohol percentage is above 70%.

  • Candles: decorative candles and candles in general are not restricted.

  • Refrigeration machines (refrigerators or air conditioners): they are not restricted. They must not contain more than 12 kilograms or 12 liters of non-flammable, non-toxic gases.

  • Electronic equipment: computers, cellular phones, tablets, cameras, smartphones, among others. For more information regarding transportation of lithium batteries click on the next tab.

  • Balloons: they are not considered dangerous goods when their content is a non-flammable, non-toxic gas and they are intended for sports. They must be transported inflated.

  • Printer ink: the risk of flammability must be evaluated with the Technical Safety Sheet since not all ink is considered a dangerous good.

  • Fire Extinguishers: if empty it may be accepted with a closed valve.

  • Soap: powder, solid or liquid soaps are not considered dangerous goods.

  • Detergent: they must be sodium hypochlorite free in order to be transported without restriction.

  • Paint: water-based paints may be transported if packed in spill-proof packaging. Oil-based paints are restricted.

Recommendations

  • Observe the components of the product, risk labels and alerts that the manufacturer has indicated on the packages that contain the different liquid, solid or gaseous elements. This information may indicate the precautions that must be taken to avoid accidents.

  • Preventive and informative actions regarding handling of dangerous goods guarantees that the operation is safer, more responsible and more efficient.

  • All shipments that contain dangerous goods and that are accepted must be packaged, documented and labeled. They may not be transported by Passengers as free allowed luggage or carryon baggage, except for those included in current regulations.

In order to transport lithium batteries, you must take into account

  • Portable electronic devices with non-removable batteries may be transported as free allowed luggage or carryon baggage.

  • Portable electronic devices with removable batteries must be transported as carryon baggage.

  • Transportation of lithium batteries and the items that contain them is regulated by National and International Authorities.

  • Objects that produce heat, such as scuba diving lamps or welding equipment, are accepted as long as the batteries are removed and they are protected in order to avoid short circuits.

Transportation of devices with batteries as carryon baggage

Allowed Allowed
Not allowed Not allowed
Type of device Free allowed baggage
Carry-on baggage Policy
Electronic Cigarettes

No permitido

Permitido

Maximum 10, included all electronic devices. Use and recharging inside the cabin is not permitted.

Portable electronic devices (cellphones, cameras, among others)

Permitido

Permitido

Maximum 10 and they must be transported as carry-on baggage. Only 10 permitted on carry-on baggage as long as the battery is not removable.

Heat emitting objects (Scuba lamps or welding equipment)

Permitido

Permitido

Accepted as free allowed baggage as long as the battery is not removable.

Lithium-battery powered vehicles

No permitido

No permitido

Electric scooters that work with lithium batteries.

POC - CPAP
medical devices

Permitido

Permitido

Power under 100 Wh: All allowed.
Power above 100 Wh: maximum 2 per passenger.
Power above 160 Wh: not allowed.

Spare / loose Lithium-ion Batteries

No permitido


Permitido

Power under 160 Wh: Maximum 2 per passenger.
Must be protected against short circuits, for example, packed individually.

Non-spill Batteries

No permitido

Permitido

Power under 100 Wh and 12 Volts: Maximum 2 per passenger.
Must be protected against short circuits, for example, packed individually.

Spillable Batteries

No permitido

No permitido

Not allowed.

Alkaline, nickel cadmium batteries

Permitido

Permitido

No Restrictions.
Must be protected against short circuits, for example, packed individually.

Some elements considered dangerous goods may be transported as luggage with prior authorization depending on their condition and quantity. Learn about the Spanish version of our accepted goods. (Only available in spanish)

Additionally, check the Spanish version of commonly non-declared goods that you may sometime transport as checked luggage. (Only available in spanish)

For more information, check the list of frequently asked questions about dangerous goods.


Remember

Under no circumstance may you transport during flight objects or substances that may explode, react dangerously, produce flames, generate heat evolution, gas emission, toxic, corrosive or flammable vapors under normal transportation conditions.

As a traveler you must declare all dangerous goods. Please note that carrying this type of good on an airplane constitute a criminal act subject to penalties.