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: you cannot transport Galaxy Note 7 mobile devices in your carry-on baggage or free allowed baggage inside the haul.

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

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Do not pose a risk

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
  1. Not restricted: if their alcohol percentage is less than 24%.
  2. Restricted: if their alcohol percentage is between 24% and 70%. A maximum of 5 liters may be transported.
  3. 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.

Lithium batteries

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 Not allowed Allowed Maximum 10, included all electronic devices. Use and recharging inside the cabin is not permitted.
Portable electronic devices (cellphones, cameras, among others) Allowed Allowed 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) Allowed Allowed Accepted as free allowed baggage as long as the battery is not removable.
Heat emitting objects (Scuba lamps or welding equipment) Not allowed Not allowed Electric scooters that work with lithium batteries.
POC - CPAP 
medical devices
Allowed Allowed 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 Not allowed Allowed Power under 160 Wh: Maximum 2 per passenger.
Must be protected against short circuits, for example, packed individually.
Non-spill Batteries Not allowed Allowed Power under 100 Wh and 12 Volts:Maximum 2 per passenger.
Must be protected against short circuits, for example, packed individually.
Spillable Batteries Not allowed Not allowed Not allowed.
Alkaline, nickel cadmium batteries Allowed Allowed 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.