THINGS YOU CAN AND CAN’T PACK IN YOUR LUGGAGE FOR A FLIGHT

Things You Can and Can’t Pack in Your Luggage for a Flight


Avoid trouble at the airport. Know what you can check in.

By Mathew S. Chan
July 20, 2015



Safety is a priority when you travel, and with incidents involving airports and aircrafts on the rise, the Philippines' Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has become more specific with regards to things you can bring on board to cater to evolving threats. The DOTC's Office for Transportation Security (OTS) has recently released a new memorandum listing all the things you can bring and cannot bring on a flight (whether as carry-on luggage or via check-in). Read on for a rundown of what these are.


Things You Can’t Bring Under Any Circumstances:
  • Air gun
  • Ammunition shells/bullets
  • Bolt gun
  • Components of guns and firearms
  • Compressed air gun
  • Firearms
  • Flare gun
  • Harpoon gun
  • Nail gun
  • Pellet guns
  • Pistol
  • Replicas and imitation firearms
  • Revolver
  • Rifle
  • Shotgun
  • Spear gun
  • Any sport-related firearm
  • Tear gas
  • Blasting cap
  • Detonator and fuse
  • Grenade dynamite
  • Flares (in any form)
  • Plastic explosive
  • Pyrotechnics including fireworks
  • Ammunition
  • Smoke-generating canisters or cartridges
  • Mines and other explosive military stores
  • Replica or imitation explosive devices
  • Fuels (including cooking fuel and any flammable liquid fuel)
  • Matches
  • Lighters (disposable) absorbed fluid
  • Lighter fluids/refills
  • Disguised lighters
  • Gasoline/kerosene/petrol

Things You Can Check In:
  • Projectile-capable devices (slingshot, bow and arrow, crossbow)
  • Acid spray
  • Insect/animal repellant spray
  • Mace/pepper spray
  • Stun gun (all kinds)
  • Axe
  • Bayonet
  • Bolos
  • Butterfly knife (balisong)
  • Canned products (with easy open lids)
  • Cleaver
  • Cock fighting knives and blades (tare)
  • Corkscrew
  • Disguised objects with sharp edges
  • Diving knife
  • Hatchet
  • Ice axes
  • Ice picks
  • Knives
  • Letter openers
  • Medical scalpel
  • Nipper/pusher/nail file/nail cutter (with knife)
  • Open razors/razorblades
  • Pocket comb weapon
  • Pocket folded knife
  • Sabers
  • Scissors
  • Sword
  • Crowbars
  • Drills/drill bits
  • Extension cords
  • G.I. wires (alambre)
  • Hammers
  • Nails
  • Pliers
  • Retractable tape measure (metal)
  • Saws (including cordless portable power saws)
  • Screwdrivers
  • Tapes (duct tape, packing tape, masking tape, etc.)
  • Wrenches
  • All metal chains
  • Baton sticks
  • Billiard sticks
  • Boat paddles
  • Bowling/billiard balls
  • Cane umbrella
  • Clubs/sticks/bats/rods
  • Cricket paddle
  • Dumbbells/hand weights
  • Fishing hooks (large)
  • Fishing rods
  • Grindstone knives (panghasa)
  • Ice skates/skateboard
  • Kayak/canoe paddles
  • Knuckles (brass/metal)
  • Lacrosse sticks
  • Paintball equipment
  • Scuba diving equipment
  • Ski poles/hiking poles
  • Tennis/badminton/squash rackets
  • Tripod (large)

*For prescribed medicines, you may bring them as long as they are in containers not exceeding 100ml and are stored in transparent resealable bags. You must carry the prescription for the said medicines at all times.

If you’re caught carrying prohibited materials, the necessary sanctions shall be implemented. For more detailed info about what you can and cannot pack for a flight, refer to this memorandum or visit the official website for the OTS.


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