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For liquids in your hand baggage we have special rules. You may not bring any blunt, pointed or sharp objects in your hand baggage. And items that are chemical, flammable, explosive or toxic are not allowed at all, both in your hand baggage and in your check-in baggage.

Liquids in your hand baggage

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Liquids may be carried in your hand baggage but only in small amounts not exceeding 100 ml ( 3.4 oz) per article. You must place these in a transparent and sealable plastic bag with a volume of no more than 1 litre. The bag must be closed and the articles must fit inside it easily. One transparent plastic bag may be taken per person.

However, you may always bring:

  • Baby food to be consumed during the flight
  • Medicines to be taken during the flight, provided you have a prescription or attending physician's statement
  • Special diet foods to be consumed during the flight


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Products of animal origin

In general, you may not bring any products of animal origin. An exception applies to baby food and special dietary food to be consumed during the flight. For your baby, or for your own special religious or dietary wishes, you can also reserve a free special meal for intercontinental KLM flights.

Read more about restricted articles of animal origin(PDF, 217KB)
Read more about special meals 

Firearms

You may only bring firearms and ammunition for shooting and hunting purposes as check-in baggage, if you have all the required permits and licences, under certain strict conditions and only after reserving for transportation.

Read more about transporting weapons and ammunition 

Otherwise, you may not carry articles in your hand baggage or check-in baggage which are or appear capable of firing a projectile or causing injury. These include:

  • Air pistols, air rifles and pellet guns
  • BB guns (ball bearing guns)
  • Catapults
  • Crossbows
  • Firearm components (except telescopic viewing equipment and view finders)
  • Firearms (pistols, revolvers, rifles, etc.)
  • Harpoons and spear guns
  • 'Humane' animal killers
  • Industrial staple and nail guns
  • Jewellery or amulets made out of live bullets or empty bullet shells*
  • Lighters – but safety matches may be taken in hand baggage
  • Replica and imitation firearms
  • Signal flare pistols
  • Starting pistols
  • Stun or shocking devices, e.g. cattle prods and ballistic conducted energy systems
  • Toy guns

* applies only to flights to or from the Philippines


Read more about special baggage 

Pointed/edged weapons & objects

You may not carry pointed or edged objects in your hand baggage that could cause injury. These include:

  • Arrows and darts
  • Axes and hatchets
  • Climbing irons
  • Harpoons and spears
  • Ice axes and ice picks
  • Ice skates
  • Jack-knives or flick knives with blades of any length
  • Knives, including ceremonial knives, with a blade of more than 6 cm (2.5 inches), made of metal or other material strong enough to be used as a weapon
  • Machetes
  • Meat cleavers
  • Open razors (excluding safety or disposable razors with blades enclosed in cartridges)
  • Sabres, swords and sword sticks
  • Scalpels
  • Scissors with blades more than 6 cm in length
  • Ski and walking/hiking poles
  • Throwing stars
  • Tools that could be used as a pointed or edged weapon, e.g. drills and drill bits, Stanley knives, utility knives, all saws, screwdrivers, crowbars, hammers, pliers, wrenches and spanners, soldering equipment

Blunt instruments

You may not take any blunt instruments in your hand baggage which have the potential to cause injury, such as:

  • Baseball and softball bats
  • Billiard, snooker and pool cues
  • Cricket bats
  • Fishing rods
  • Golf clubs
  • Hockey sticks
  • Kayak or canoe paddles
  • Lacrosse sticks
  • Martial arts equipment, e.g. knuckledusters, sticks, clubs, flails, numchucks, kubatons and kubasaunts
  • Rigid and flexible clubs or batons, e.g. truncheons, blackjacks and batons
  • Skateboards 

Explosives and flammable substances

You may not take any explosive or highly flammable substances in your hand baggage or check-in baggage which may pose a risk to the health or property of passengers and crew or to the safety of the aircraft. These include:

  • Aerosol spray paint cans
  • Alcoholic beverages exceeding 70% by volume (140 proof)
  • Ammunition
  • Blasting caps
  • Detonators and fuses
  • Explosives and explosive devices
  • Fireworks or flares in any form (including firecrackers and toy caps)
  • Flammable liquid fuel, e.g. petrol, diesel, lighter fluid, alcohol, ethanol
  • Gas and gas bottles, e.g. butane, propane, acetylene, oxygen in large volumes
  • Grenades
  • Matches, except safety matches: these may be taken in hand baggage.
  • Mines and other explosive military devices
  • Replica or imitation explosive materials or explosives
  • Smoke grenades or cartridges
  • Turpentine and paint thinner

Chemical and toxic substances

You may not take any chemical or toxic substances with you that may pose a risk to the health or property of passengers and crew or to the safety of the aircraft. These include:

  • Acids and alkalis, e.g. spillable ‘wet’ batteries. Loose lithium batteries, such as rechargeable lithium batteries and AA lithium batteries for laptops and DVD players, may only be carried in hand baggage. Each spare battery must be packed in the original packaging. If you no longer have this packaging, you must cover the battery contact points with tape to insulate them and pack each battery in a separate plastic bag.
  • Corrosive or bleaching substances, e.g. mercury and chlorine
  • Disabling or incapacitating sprays, e.g. mace, pepper spray, tear gas
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Infectious or biologically hazardous material, e.g. infected blood, bacteria and viruses
  • Material capable of spontaneous ignition or combustion
  • Poisons
  • Radioactive material, e.g. medicinal or commercial isotopes
  • Printers or toner cartridges


For additional information, please contact your travel agency or Telephone Reservations

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