Restricted articles

There are a number of items that may not be carried in your hand baggage and/or check-in baggage or that are restricted. Read more about the special rules we have for bringing certain items with you onboard.

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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United States and Canada - electronic devices in hand baggage

For flights from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, or from Paris – Charles de Gaulle to destinations in the United States or in 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.


Lithium batteries

Lithium batteries can generate a great amount of heat if short circuited, or may catch fire if damaged, improperly designed or improperly assembled. Therefore, loose lithium batteries and powerbanks for personal use in devices such as laptops, mobile phones and DVD players, and for medical equipment is restricted and may only be carried in hand baggage. Each spare battery must be packed separately 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. Damaged, defective or recalled batteries are not permitted to be transported by air.Recharging batteries on board is not allowed. Devices in check-in baggage must be completely switched off and must be protected from damage.

Please note: for baggage equipped with a lithium battery, other than lithium button cells (smartbags) the battery must be removable. If offered as check-in baggage, the battery must be removed and carried in the cabin. Baggage where the lithium battery cannot be removed are forbidden for carriage both as check-in or hand baggage.

Read more about the restrictions for taking lithium batteries with you onboard.


Self-balancing devices

Lithium battery operated self-balancing devices or personal movement devices, such as hoverboards, airboards, oxboards, e-skates, waveboards and U-runners are not allowed to take with you onboard even if the battery is disconnected or removed.Self-balancing devices can be used by physically challenged passengers for which permission needs to be requested before departure via Telephone Reservations. Damaged, defective or recalled portable electronic devices (PEDs) are not permitted to be transported by air. Read more about the restrictions for taking lithium batteries with you onboard.

Artificial cigarettes

For most countries, you can bring your e-smoker or other type of artificial cigarette (including extra batteries) in your hand baggage only. It is not allowed to bring it in your check-in baggage. Since rules may differ per country for bringing an artificial cigarette on board, we recommend to always check the legal restrictions of the countries that are part of your journey. Using an artificial cigarette however is not allowed at any time or in any place on board KLM flights. Read more about the restrictions for taking lithium batteries with you onboard.

Products of animal origin

In general, you may not bring any products of animal origin. This includes (parts of) animals that are the result of hunting.

Please note: an exception applies to baby food and special dietary food to be consumed during the flight. For your child, or for your own special religious or dietary wishes, you can also reserve a free special meal for intercontinental KLM flights.


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


Other firearms

You may not bring other firearms which do not fall under firearms and ammunition and for which a permit is not required, as hand baggage. These must be therefore carried in your check-in baggage.You may not bring guns, firearms and other devices that discharge projectiles, in other words devices capable, or appearing capable, of being used to cause serious injury by discharging a projectile, including:

  • Air pistols, air rifles and pellet guns
  • BB guns (ball bearing guns)
  • Bows, crossbows and arrows
  • Catapults and slingshots
  • Firearms of all types, such as pistols, revolvers, rifles and shotguns
  • Firearm components (except telescopic viewing equipment and view finders)
  • Harpoons and spear guns
  • 'Humane' animal killers
  • Industrial staple, bolt and nail guns
  • Jewellery or amulets made out of live bullets or empty bullet shells*
  • Replica and imitation firearms
  • Signal flare pistols
  • Starting pistols
  • Stun or shocking devices, such as stun guns, tasers, stun batons, animal stunners/killers, 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
  • Box cutters
  • Climbing irons
  • Ice axes and ice picks
  • Ice skates
  • Jack-knives or flick knives with blades of any length
  • Knives, including ceremonial knives, made of metal or other material strong enough to be used as a weapon
  • Machetes
  • Martial arts equipment with a sharp point or sharp edge
  • Meat cleavers
  • Open razors (excluding safety or disposable razors with blades enclosed in cartridges)
  • Sabres, swords and sword sticks
  • Scalpels
  • Scissors
  • Needles for hobby purposes and crochet hooks, made of metal or other material strong enough to be used as a weapon
  • Ski and walking/hiking poles
  • Throwing stars
  • · Tools that could be used as a pointed or edged weapon, e.g. drills and drill bits including cordless portable power drills, Stanley knives, utility knives, all saws, tools with a shaft or blade more than 6cm such as screwdrivers and chisels, crowbars, hammers, pliers, wrenches and spanners, soldering equipment, blowtorches

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, billy clubs, night sticks 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
  • Dynamite, gunpowder and plastic explosives
  • Explosives and explosive devices
  • Fireworks or flares in any form (including fire- and Christmas crackers 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
  • Lighters and matches – only safety matches may be taken in hand baggage
  • Lithium battery operated self-balancing devices or personal movement devices, such as hoverboards, airboards, oxboards, e-skates, waveboards and U-runners.
  • Mines and other explosive military devices
  • Pyrotechnics
  • 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.
  • Corrosive or bleaching substances, e.g. mercury and chlorine
  • Disabling or incapacitating sprays, chemicals and gases (e.g. mace, pepper spray, tear gas, capsicum sprays, acid sprays and animal repellent sprays)
  • 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