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- Liquids in your hand baggage
- United States and Canada - electronic devices in hand baggage
- Lithium batteries
- Self-balancing devices
- Artificial cigarettes
- Products of animal origin
- Other firearms
- Pointed/edged weapons & objects
- Blunt instruments
- Explosives and flammable substances
- Chemical and toxic substances
Liquids in your hand baggage
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 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.
Read more about the restrictions for taking lithium batteries with you onboard.
Self-balancing devicesLithium 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 cigarettesFor 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 originIn 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
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.
- Air pistols, air rifles and pellet guns
- BB guns (ball bearing guns)
- Firearm components (except telescopic viewing equipment and view finders)
- Harpoons and spear guns
- 'Humane' animal killers
- Industrial staple 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, 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 & objectsYou 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
- 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
- Meat cleavers
- Open razors (excluding safety or disposable razors with blades enclosed in cartridges)
- Sabres, swords and sword sticks
- 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, Stanley knives, utility knives, all saws, screwdrivers, crowbars, hammers, pliers, wrenches and spanners, soldering equipment
Blunt instrumentsYou 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
Explosives and flammable substancesYou 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)
- Blasting caps
- Detonators and fuses
- 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
- 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
- Replica or imitation explosive materials or explosives
- Smoke grenades or cartridges
- Turpentine and paint thinner
Chemical and toxic substancesYou 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, 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
- Radioactive material, e.g. medicinal or commercial isotopes
- Printers or toner cartridges
For additional information, please contact your travel agency or Telephone Reservations