What things are not allowed on flights

Forbidden on board: ten things that surprisingly are not allowed in hand luggage 🚫

Everyone knows about the ban on liquids in hand luggage. But also many helpful everyday objects and curiosities are not allowed on board. Here we have some items for you that you are not allowed to take on the plane.

What is not allowed in hand luggage? Ten surprising things:

  • Tent pegs
  • (Several) lighters
  • Soups, jams, spreads, ...
  • Large amounts of perfume, alcohol, or other liquids
  • Not essential medicine
  • Certain sports and leisure equipment
  • Fishing rods
  • Peroxides and hair dyes
  • Drill bits and other tools
  • Not all nail files, nail scissors & razor blades

Safety measures are designed to prevent dangerous objects from being taken onto the aircraft. Obviously, many of these items are not suitable for an airplane: a Kalashnikov, for example, or a crossbow or anesthetic could cause inconvenience at the security checkpoint. It is more surprising, however, that fishing rods, for example, are also viewed as dangerous. In the following we take a closer look at the things that are prohibited in hand luggage and try to explain why they are not allowed on board.

1. tent pegs

Are you flying to a music festival? Do you want to camp there too? Then do not put the pegs you need in your hand luggage, but check them in, as they could be counted as weapons. Incidentally, the same applies to all similarly shaped objects or with pointed metal ends, such as ski and hiking sticks or pointed umbrellas. If you wanted to create a nice atmosphere with a few nice torches, these are of course also forbidden on board.

In any case, it makes sense to put everything doubtful in the check-in case in advance to avoid long waiting times at the security check: The perfect passenger (part 1): The airport security check

2. (Several) lighters

“You are not allowed to carry any items in your hand luggage that could injure you or other passengers.” Contrary to the wording of the official guideline, it is oddly enough to take a gas lighter with you on the plane. But not more than one! It is even more confusing that the lighter has to be on the body during the flight and must never be put back in the bag after the hand luggage control.

You are not allowed to carry lighters in your hand luggage, but that shouldn't really bother you anyway, because smoking is generally prohibited on board - even though you can find an ashtray in all aircraft toilets. Read about this and other air travel myths and what's behind them here!

3. Soups, jams, spreads, ...

Rule remains rule. Even if one could argue that a serving of chicken soup is more likely to pose a lower threat to the safety of fellow travelers than a lighter, soup is and remains a liquid. And as soon as you want to take more than 100 ml of it with you, that's forbidden. The same applies, of course, to mascara, dairy products, jams, spreads, etc.

By the way, we also have more information about the customs import regulations here: Which import regulations apply within the EU?

4. Ten liters of the new perfume or the delicious whiskey

Some may think they can bypass the fluid limit by pouring a large amount of fluid into many small containers. But that doesn't work, "all liquids have to be transported in a single, transparent and resealable plastic bag with a maximum capacity of one liter and the dimensions 20cm x 20cm."

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5. Unnecessary medication

When it comes to drugs, it depends on whether they come in solid or liquid form. Tablets are generally allowed on board, with liquids it is the case that personally prescribed medication that is required during the flight can be carried in hand luggage. However, it may be that a doctor's certificate is asked for, so it is better to take one with you, especially if the capacity is more than 100ml. By the way, liquids also include pastes, syrups, lotions and gels. If you have liquid medication with you that you have to take on board, it is better to take a little more with you and keep it in the original packaging, if possible.

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6. Sports and leisure equipment

If in doubt, you should use handy sports equipment (larger ones usually have to be checked in as extra baggage anyway), as almost all types of clubs, sticks and paddles are forbidden in hand luggage. In the case of baseball bats and martial arts equipment such as nunchucks and knuckles, a ban on hand luggage is understandable in any case, because these are popular accessories even in mass brawls. But the ban also applies to other sports equipment: badminton rackets, golf clubs, kayak paddles, billiard sticks and more must be carried in check-in luggage, although in fairness you do not necessarily have to have them with you on the plane. Tennis rackets are not always and everywhere allowed, so it is better to inquire in advance. And as already mentioned above, you should also check in your ski and hiking poles.

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7. Fishing rods

Everyone has to know for themselves why they want to take a harpoon with them on the plane, one way or another, the harpoon must definitely be stored in the hold. The same also applies to fishing rods, so it is better to put them in the checked-in suitcase and not expose yourself to the possible difficulties of the security check.

Most sports equipment is not allowed in hand luggage, but you can take it with you in the hold of the aircraft - for example your bicycles. You can find out what you should pay attention to here: Bicycle on the plane: an overview of information and fees

8. Peroxides & Hair Dyes

From tear gas to fire extinguishers, chemical and toxic substances are understandably an absolute no-go in hand luggage! But this also includes peroxides, which can be found in hair dyes, among other things. So it's better to dye your hair again before your vacation and save a little space in your suitcase, or check in.

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9. Drills and other tools

If you are a jet set carpenter or fitter traveling by plane, your check-in fees will increase immeasurably. Not even professional craftsmen are allowed to take their standard tool bags with screwdrivers, crowbars, wrenches, pliers, saws, (cordless) drills, drill bits and more on board.

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10. Not all nail files, nail scissors & razor blades

Everyday beauty items such as nail files, nail scissors and razor blades are not necessarily allowed in hand luggage. Scissors with a blade length of over six centimeters are not allowed, and long nail files should also be carried in check-in luggage, although paper files are usually permitted. Razor blades are also not allowed, although disposable razors with the blades embedded in plastic are generally allowed. If in doubt, you should of course check in these utensils.

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* The information is correct at the time of publication and can change at any time. In addition, regulations vary from airline to airline, so we recommend that you inquire about the exact regulations with the airline before booking or departing.

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