Restricted or prohibited items

Strict rules apply to what you can and cannot bring in your hand baggage or check-in baggage. To help you prepare, we’ll explain which items are restricted or banned.
 

General rules for restricted and prohibited items

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This page includes most information on restricted or banned items, but some regulations may differ per country or airline. Always make sure you check the local airport and airline rules, especially if you are transferring to another airline at any point in your trip.

To ensure the safety and security of our customers and our crew, we won't allow you to bring any item of which we have reason to believe it might be used or adapted for causing injury or incapacitation of a person or endanger an aircraft.

Is your item not mentioned on this page or do you have any questions? Please contact your travel agency or the KLM Customer Contact Centre.

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Liquids and powders

Liquids may be carried in your hand baggage, but only in small containers not exceeding 100 ml (3.4 oz) per item. All liquids must be placed together in one 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. Larger amounts must be carried in your check-in baggage.

On flights to and from the United States, powders and powder-like substances may be carried in your hand baggage, but only in small amounts not exceeding 350 ml (12 oz) per item. Larger amounts must be carried in your check-in baggage. If there are any signs of tampering, the item is not allowed in either your hand baggage or check-in baggage.

You may always bring the following liquids and powders in your hand baggage:
  • 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
  • An urn containing ashes of a deceased person, provided it meets the requirements
  • Sealed tax-free items
 

Electronic devices and lithium batteries

Please keep in mind that damaged, defective or recalled electronic devices or batteries are not permitted in either check-in or hand baggage. A maximum of 15 electronic devices and 20 spare batteries per passenger is allowed.

Lithium batteries
Devices equipped with a lithium battery up to 100 Wh may be kept in either your hand baggage or check-in baggage. When carrying them in your check-in baggage, these devices must be completely switched off and must be protected from damage. For devices equipped with a lithium battery up to 160 Wh, permission needs to be requested via the KLM Customer Contact Centre. Devices equipped with a lithium battery larger than 160 Wh are not allowed in either your hand baggage or your check-in baggage.

Separate spare lithium batteries and power banks (for devices such as laptops, mobile phones, and medical equipment) may only be carried in your hand baggage. For spare batteries up to 100 Wh, you do not need permission. For spare batteries up to 160 Wh, permission needs to be requested via the KLM Customer Contact Centre. Spare batteries larger than 160 Wh are never allowed. If the Wh rating is not shown on the battery or cannot be determined, then the battery will not be accepted. To calculate the Wh, multiply the Amp-hour rating (Ah) by the voltage (V).

You may bring 2 spare batteries per person. Each battery must be packed separately and in the original packaging. If you no longer have this packaging, you must cover the battery contact points with non-conductive tape to insulate them, and pack each battery in a separate plastic bag.

 

Battery in equipment

Spare battery (including power banks)

 

Hand baggage

Check-in baggage

Hand baggage

Check-in baggage

< 100 Wh

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

100 - 160 Wh

Yes*

Yes*

Yes*

No

> 160 Wh

No

No

No

No



* For this, permission needs to be requested via the KLM Customer Contact Centre. After getting approval, you may bring 2 devices equipped with a lithium battery, or 1 device equipped with a lithium battery and 1 spare battery.

When recharging your device equipped with a lithium battery during the flight, always keep an eye on the device. Remove the plug from the socket once you’re done charging. If the device has slipped between the seats, always ask our cabin crew for assistance. Recharging your spare batteries while onboard is not allowed.

Please note: on flights to and from China, it is not allowed to use your power bank during the flight.

Smart baggage
For baggage equipped with a lithium battery other than lithium button cells (smart baggage), the battery must be removable. If you want to bring this as check-in baggage, the battery must be removed and carried with you in the cabin. If the lithium battery cannot be removed from your baggage, it is forbidden both as check-in and hand baggage.

Self-balancing devices
Lithium battery operated self-balancing devices or personal movement devices are not allowed to take in either your hand baggage or check-in baggage, even if the battery is disconnected or removed. This includes hoverboards, airboards, oxboards, e-skates, waveboards, U-runners and electric vehicle baggage.

However, self-balancing devices may be used by physically challenged passengers. For this, permission needs to be requested via KLM CARES. Make your request as far in advance as possible, but at least 48 hours before departure.

Electronic cigarettes
For most destinations, you may only bring your e-smoker or other types of electronic cigarette (including extra batteries) on your person. It is never allowed to carry in your check-in baggage. Since rules may differ per country, we recommend always to check the legal restrictions of all countries that are part of your journey. Using an electronic cigarette or recharging it or its battery is never allowed on board.

Electronic devices check for flights to the United States and Canada
For flights to destinations in the United States or Canada, all battery-operated electronic devices in hand baggage will undergo an extra check. At the gate, these devices will need to be taken out of their sleeves or covers, be switched on and be shown to be operative. Broken, incomplete or damaged electronic devices are not accepted.
 

Prohibited items

Firearms
In your hand baggage, you may not bring any guns, firearms or other devices that are capable (or appear to be capable) of being used to cause serious injury by discharging a projectile. This includes, but is not limited to:
  • Firearms of all types, such as pistols, revolvers, rifles, and shotguns
  • Toy guns, replicas, and imitation firearms that can be mistaken for real weapons
  • Firearm components (except telescopic viewing equipment and viewfinders)
  • Air pistols, air rifles, pellet guns, and BB guns (ball bearing guns)
  • Signal flare pistols and starting pistols
  • Bows, cross bows and arrows
  • Harpoon guns and spear guns
  • Slingshots and catapults
You may bring firearms and ammunition for shooting and hunting purposes as check-in baggage, but only if you have all the required permits and licenses, under certain strict conditions, and after reserving for transportation.

Read more about permits and licences for weapons

Stunning devices
You may not bring any devices explicitly designed to stun or immobilise in your hand baggage, including:
  • Devices for shocking, such as stun guns, tasers, stun batons, cattle prods, and ballistic conducted energy systems
  • Animal stunners and animal killers
Pointed or edged objects
You may not bring any pointed or edged objects in your hand baggage that could be used to cause injury. These objects could be made of metal or other material strong enough to be used as a weapon. This includes, but is not limited to:
  • Axes, hatchets, cleavers, and other items designed for chopping
  • Knives or scissors with blades of more than 6 cm/2,35 inch (different local rules may apply)
  • Ice axes and ice picks
  • Razor blades
  • Box cutters
  • Ice skates
  • Sabres, swords, and sword sticks
  • Needles and crochet hooks
Workmen’s tools
You may not bring any tools in your hand baggage that could be used as a pointed or edged weapon, such as:
  • Crowbars
  • Drills and drill bits, including cordless portable power drills
  • Tools with a blade or shaft of more than 6 cm/2,35 inch (different local rules may apply), such as screwdrivers and chisels
  • Saws, including cordless portable power saws
  • Blowtorches
  • Bolt guns, industrial staple guns, and nail guns
Blunt instruments
You may not take any blunt instruments in your hand baggage that could be used to hit and cause injury. This includes, but is not limited to:
  • Baseball and softball bats
  • Clubs and buttons, such as billy clubs, blackjacks, and nightsticks
  • Billiard, snooker, and pool cues
  • Fishing rods
  • Golf clubs, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks, and cricket bats
  • Kayak or canoe paddles
  • Martial arts equipment, such as knuckledusters
  • Skateboards and longboards
Explosives and flammable substances
In both your hand baggage and check-in baggage, you may not take any explosive or flammable substances and devices that may pose a risk to the health or property of passengers and crew or to the safety of the aircraft. This includes, but is not limited to:
  • Ammunition
  • Blasting caps
  • Detonators and fuses
  • Explosives, explosive devices, explosive materials, replica or imitation explosives
  • Mines, grenades, and other explosive military devices
  • Fireworks or flares in any form (including fire- and Christmas crackers and toy caps)
  • Smoke-generating canisters or cartridges
  • Dynamite, gunpowder, and plastic explosives
  • Flammable solids and liquids, such as petrol, diesel, lighter fluid, alcohol, ethanol
  • Aerosol paint cans, turpentine, and paint thinner
  • Alcoholic beverages exceeding 70% by volume
  • Gas and gas bottles, such as butane, propane, acetylene, oxygen in large volumes
Small cigarette lighters and safety matches may only be taken on one’s person, not as hand baggage.

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, including:
  • Disabling or incapacitating sprays, such as mace, pepper spray and tear gas
  • Acids and alkalis, such as spillable ‘wet’ batteries
  • Corrosive or bleaching substances, such as mercury and chlorine
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Infectious or biologically hazardous material, such as infected blood, bacteria and viruses
  • Material capable of spontaneous ignition or combustion
  • Poisons
  • Radioactive material, such as medicinal or commercial isotopes
  • Printers or toner cartridges
Other prohibited items
In general, you may not bring any products of animal origin. This includes (parts of) animals that are the result of hunting.

On flights to or from the Philippines, jewellery or amulets made out of live bullets or empty bullet shells are prohibited.

Passengers travelling to Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda are not allowed to carry any plastic bags when entering the country. Are you buying tax-free items? We advise you to remove the plastic bag before boarding your flight.