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    Hold luggage banned items

    For safety reasons, the following items cannot be taken on to an aircraft. Please do not pack them in either hand baggage or hold luggage.

    • Flammable liquids and solids
    • Oxidisers such as bleaching powders
    • Organic peroxides
    • Tear gas devices or any gas cylinders
    • Infectious substances such as live virus materials
    • Wet-cell car batteries
    • Magnetrons. Instruments containing mercury
    • Instruments containing magnets
    • Fireworks and pyrotechnics
    • Non-safety matches
    • Fire lighter, lighter fuel, paints, thinners
    • Poisons, arsenic, cyanide, weedkiller
    • Radioactive materials, acids, corrosives, alkalis, caustic soda
    • Creosote, quicklime, oiled paper
    • Vehicle fuel system components which have contained fuel
    • Explosives, ammunition, detonators and related equipment
    • Smoke canisters and smoke cartridges.

    Packing tips

    To avoid bags becoming jammed on the conveyor belt, please ensure that:

    • All loose straps are tied up or removed.
    • All flaps are securely fastened.
    • Extendable handles are retracted or secured.
    • Old tags and barcodes are removed.

    When deciding what to pack and what to carry as hand baggage, please bear the following in mind:

    • Don’t wrap gifts. Security staff may wish to view them, and so may unwrap them.
    • Consider putting a change of clothes, or at least underwear and a spare shirt, into your hand baggage. It can mean a little extra comfort at the end of a long-haul flight, or if hold baggage is delayed.
    • Never carry anything on to an aircraft for anyone else.

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