Dangerous goods, prohibited and restricted articles

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Some items may endanger the safety of an aircraft or persons on board it. That is why transporting them as hand or checked baggage may be prohibited or restricted. In some cases, a prior approval is needed from the airline. Please read this information carefully and don’t hesitate to contact us via Service Centre, Facebook or Twitter in case of doubts.

PORTABLE (MEDICAL) ELECTRONIC DEVICES (e.g. smartphones, laptops, drones, CPAP's…) are preferably placed in your hand baggage. In case of large Portable (Medical) Electronic Devices that cannot be carried in the passenger cabin (eg. due to their size), these can be placed in your checked baggage and we recommend to:

  • Switch them off and effectively protect them from accidental activation. To ensure the device is never powered on during transport, any applications, alarms or pre-set configurations that may activate the device have to be disabled or deactivated.
  • Protect your device from damage by applying suitable packaging or casing or by placing them a rigid bag protected by adequate cushioning (e.g. clothing).
  • Not pack the device together with flammable materials (eg. perfumes, aerosols, etc.)
  • Remove the power bank (if any) prior to check-in. Power banks can only be carried in carry-on baggage. Read more. Read more.

For electronic devices powered by lithium (-ion and metal) batteries, please check the specification here below.

Prohibited articles

Items not permitted in hand baggage and checked baggage

Due to security restrictions and regulations we do not accept battery powered vehicles (bicycles, hooverboards, segways) as normal sports equipment. Battery powered vehicles can be transported as cargo. Please contact Brussels Airlines Cargo for more information.
E.g. bleach, bleaching powder and peroxides.
E.g. acids, alkalis, rust preventing or removing compounds, sulphur dioxide solution, chemical kits and mercury.
E.g. bacteria and virus cultures.
E.g. fireworks, flares.
Strongly magnetic materials.
E.g. flammable liquids such as lighter fuel, paint, varnish, cleaning agents and flammable solids, as matches, charcoal briquettes, and any other ignitable article.
E.g. arsenic, cyanide, insecticides, pesticides/weed killer and other types of poisonous or toxic substances.

Items not permitted in checked baggage

Electronic smoking devices must be packed in your hand baggage. They are not allowed in your checked baggage. Although e-smokers are allowed on board, the use of any smoking device is still prohibited at all times.

Flights to/from Rwanda: Due to a ban on electronic smoking devices in Rwanda, it is strictly forbidden to bring e-cigarettes or any similar devices in your hand baggage nor in your checked baggage.
Spare lithium batteries and battery power pack are not accepted in check baggage. Spare batteries and power banks must be removed before check-in and are only allowed in cabin. More information about lithium batteries.

Items not permitted in hand baggage


For electronic devices powered by lithium (-ion and metal) batteries, please check the specification here

Items that may endanger the safety of passengers, the crew or that may damage the aircraft are not permitted as hand baggage. Examples are fake weapons (or anything that can be used a weapon), pointy and sharp objects, and blunt objects.

International security rules apply for carrying liquids and gels in your hand baggage. A limited amount of liquids and gels are permitted in your hand baggage. You may bring a maximum amount of 1 litre divided into individual containers, no more than 100ml each. Your liquids and gels must also be stored in a transparent, resealable plastic bag.


  • water and other drinks, soups, syrups
  • creams, lotions and oils
  • perfumes
  • sprays
  • gels, including hair and shower gels
  • contents of pressurised containers, including shaving foam, other foams and deodorants
  • pastes, including toothpaste
  • liquid-solid mixtures
  • mascara
  • any other item of similar consistency

Baby Food Products

Baby food products (both formula milk and jars) are allowed for use during the flight (or for use on the same day at most). At the security checkpoint you may be asked to taste the foods to prove that they are indeed baby food. However, boiled water (to be mixed with formula milk powder) in quantities over 100 ml are not allowed in the hand baggage.

More info on travelling with children.

Medicines and Dietary Supplements

Medicines and dietary supplements for use during the flight are also allowed. Ask your doctor for a certificate to prove their necessity.


Liquids and gels purchased at the airport shops (located beyond passport or boarding pass checkpoints) are allowed on board as hand baggage and are allowed to exceed the limit of 100ml per container, under the following conditions:

  • Only for purchases made within 24 hours preceding your flight
  • They must be packed in the shop with a special sealed transparent bag
  • You are not allowed to open this bag before reaching your final destination, otherwise the content may be confiscated

Other liquids and gels purchased in the tax-free shops of another community airport or on board an EU flight can be taken into the cabin as long as they are still in the sealed transparent bag.

Liquids purchased in the tax-free shops of a non-EU airport or on board a non-EU flight however are not allowed into the cabin even if they are packed in a sealed, transparent bag.

Any liquids & gels purchased in one of the bars and/or restaurants before you pass the security checkpoint are not allowed into the cabin. Liquids & gels purchased in one of the bars and/or restaurants beyond the security checkpoints however are allowed into the cabin.

New rules will restrict the transport in the cabin of powder-like substances for all passengers travelling to the United States and Togo. Powder-like substances include flour, sugar, ground coffee, spices, powdered milk and cosmetics.

  • Powder products in quantities larger than 350ml (12oz) are no longer permitted in the cabin as part of hand baggage.
  • Powder products in quantities larger than 350ml (12oz) will only be permitted as part of checked baggage.

Medically prescribed substances, baby formulas and human remains are excluded and can be taken into the cabin, as well as powder-like substances purchased in the tax-free shops at the airport as long as they are still in the sealed transparent bag.

Items requiring approval

Approval needs to be requested at the time of booking or at least 48h prior departure during office hours.

Whether lithium (-ion and metal) batteries and devices powered by lithium (-ion and metal) batteries are allowed on board depends on the Watt hour rating of the battery and the configuration (i.e. the battery is being used in equipment or carried as spare batteries). In general the following rules apply:
Watt Hour rating (Wh)* of battery Configuration Max. number Allowed in hand baggage? Allowed in the hold?
≤100 Wh or ≤2g
used in devices such as phones, camera's, laptops, etc.
in device
spare battery
>100Wh and ≤160Wh or >2g and 8g
such as life extension batteries for laptops or devices used by audiovisual professionals
in device
Only if approved by operator
Only if approved by operator
spare battery
Only if approved by operator
>160Wh or >8g
used in devices such as segways, hoverboards and airwheels
in device
Not allowed on board of a flight as baggage
Can only be carried on a cargo aircraft in accordance with IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations.
spare battery
To convert Amp-hours (Ah) to Watt-hours (Wh): multiply Ah x Voltage
Powerbanks are considered as spare batteries
* The operator may approve the carriage of more than 15 PED's or more than 20 spare batteries.

Travelling with damaged, defective or recalled lithium batteries or devices is strictly prohibited

NEW Restrictions on Apple 15 inch Macbook Pro due to battery recall

If you are travelling with an Apple 15 inch Macbook Pro, the following restrictions apply:

  • Your device has to remain switched off during the entire flight
  • You may not charge it on board;
  • You may not transport it in your checked baggage

For more information concerning the transportation of lithium(-ion and metal) batteries, please contact our Dangerous Goods Department via dgdepartment@brusselsairlines.com

Smart bags (devices with lithium batteries, motors, power banks, RFID’s, Wi-Fi technology, electronic bag tags, etc.) are subject to following restrictions:
  • Smart bags are allowed as checked-in baggage if the battery is removed and carried in the cabin, and the baggage is within the checked baggage size and weight allowances for your route.
  • Smart bags within the cabin size and weight allowance for your route are allowed in the cabin as long as the battery is removable. The battery can stay in the bag as longs as the bag is powered off completely. Please note you can’t charge the bag on board.
  • Smart bags where the lithium battery cannot be removed and is designed to charge other devices is forbidden for carriage both as cabin and checked in baggage.

For more information about travelling with a smart bag contact dgdepartment@brusselsairlines.com.

Carriage of arms in the cabin is not allowed. Arms and ammunition that are permitted for transport are only accepted as checked baggage. Weapons are considered as sport equipment and have to be charged accordingly. Check here the applicable fees.

Transportation of arms and ammunition is under the passenger’s own responsibility.

  • All passengers travelling to/from Italy and Spain are charged an additional service fee of €60 for transportation of weapons and ammunition, over and above the standard weapon and ammunition charge. This fee covers the security escort service between the airport terminal building and the airplane. It is applicable to both the outbound and return flight. For bookings with multiple flights legs, the fee will be charged per piece for each flight. The fee will be charged irrespective of whether or not the weapon/ammunition is included in the free baggage allowance. Please call our Service Centre for more information or contact us via Facebook or Twitter. Please also note that arms and ammunition to/from Italy must be packed separately and transported separately in two different bags. For all other Brussels Airlines flights, weapon and ammunition need to be separated but can be packed in one same bag.
  • From 30.07.2018, Genève Aéroport will charge an amount of CHF 200.- for the treatment of baggage that require specific security measures. If the baggage referred to in the above procedure must be stored prior to departure of the flight because of the waiting time between the check-in time and the scheduled time of the flight, additional charges of CHF 50.- will be collected by Genève Aéroport. For the transport of more than two firearms, the Security Department of Genève Aéroport should be contacted beforehand via this contact form to obtain a quote. Any amount will be charged directly to the concerned passenger. Payment is done either in cash (CHF), or by card (debit and credit).
  • Please note that it is no longer allowed to transport arms and ammunition on flights to/from the UK and D.R. Congo.

IMPORTANT NOTICE for passengers travelling out of Brussels:

Passengers travelling with weapons need to pre-notify our Service Centre at least 24h in advance. On the day of travel, the passenger needs to present himself with the weapon at the security department of Brussels Airport. Security will then escort the passenger to check-in. (Security Building 56 is located opposite the entrance of the main terminal, next to the entrance of the Sheraton Hotel.)


Certain arms are accepted as checked baggage as part of your free baggage allowance. If they exceed these limits, the normal excess baggage fees apply.

All arms must be unloaded and suitably packed in a strong, rigid container made of wood, metal, fibre or styrophor. The container must be provided by the passenger.

Arms accepted as checked baggage:

  • Sporting guns/pistols/revolvers/rifles
  • Side arms of which no automated version exists
  • Hunting rifles
  • Other small defence arms such as knives, daggers, stilletos, etc.

Arms not accepted as checked baggage:

  • Arms with explosive or incendiary projectiles


Transportation acceptance of ammunition is very limited as it is considered dangerous goods. The quantity limitation for ammunition is a maximum of 5kg per passenger.

Transportation of ammunition must be pre-notified by contacting our Service Centre.

The ammunition must be:

  • Packed separately from the firearm
  • Packed in a strong container made of wood, metal or fibreboard
  • Protected inside the container against shock and secured against movement
  • Packed in such a way that it can’t function by accident

NOTE: restrictions may be different for flights operated by our codeshare partners. Please contact our Service Centre for detailed rules and regulations.

Max. 2.5 kg per passenger by prior registration.
With non-spillable, spillable or lithium ion batteries by prior registration. See our special assistance section for more information.
1 item per passenger by prior registration. Life jacket 1 piece per passenger with prior registration. Requests must be made at least 72 hours before departure.
Gas cartridges for self-inflating safety devices: Up to 2 small cylinders that are fitted in the self-inflating safety device and up to 2 spare cylinders for that same device. For other devices no more than 4 gas cartridges, for which the water capacity may not exceed 50 ml. Prior registration is required.
Plants, fruits, vegetables, flowers or seeds are not allowed in the European Union without a phytosanitary certificate.
  • Bananas, coconuts, dates, pineapples and durians can be brought into the EU without a certificate.
  • You do not need a certificate when plants, fruits, vegetables, flowers or seeds come from Switzerland or Liechtenstein.
  • You will need a certificate when they come from the following EU territories: Ceuta, Melilla, the Canary Islands, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Mayotte, Réunion, Saint Barthélemy and Saint Martin.