Dangerous goods, prohibited and restricted articles

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.

ELECTRONIC DEVICES (e.g. smartphones, laptops, spare batteries and power banks) may be packed in your hand baggage or in checked baggage. In case your portable electronic devices (PEB) are placed in your checked baggage, we recommend you:

  • 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.
  • To 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).
  • To remove the power bank (if any) prior to check-in. Power banks can only be carried in carry-on baggage. Read more.
  • For passengers travelling with smart baggage (devices including integrated lithium batteries, motors, power banks, RFID’s, Wi-Fi technology, electronic bag tags, etc.): remove spare lithium batteries and/or power banks before check-in and place them in your carry-on. Tracking systems inside the smart luggage must be designed with a minimum of 2 independent means to turn off completely, turn off cellular or mobile functions, or a combination of both when airborn. Passive RFID’s inside the smart luggage must comply with IATA RP1740C. For more information about travelling with a smart baggage contact dgdepartment@brusselsairlines.com.

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.
 
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.

LIQUIDS INCLUDE:

  • 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

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.


Items requiring approval

 
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 Allowed in hand baggage? Allowed in the hold?
≤100 Wh or ≤2g
used in devices such as phones, camera's, laptops, etc.
in device
Yes
Yes
spare battery
No
>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** (max. 2 pcs.)
No
>160Wh or >8g
used in devices such as segways, hoverboards and airwheels
in device
Can only be carried as cargo in accordance with IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations.
spare battery
* The Watt Hour rating can be found on the label of the battery. 
** For approval by operator please contact dgdepartment@brusselsairlines.com

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

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.

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.)


ARMS

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

AMMUNITION

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.
Gas cartridge must be put in the backpack (spare cartridges not allowed).
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