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Passenger Dangerous Goods Corner

TG Forwarder Co.,Ltd | Updated: May 10, 2016

Some dangerous goods can only be transported on an aircraft if a competent person or organization properly packs them. These items are listed in the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) and must be prepared, labeled and declared in accordance with them.

However, some items listed in the regulations may be carried onboard the aircraft by passengers and crew if they fulfill the listed restrictions and limitations. The Table 2.3.A (pdf) of the 57th edition of the DGR summarizes the information for items that may be carried in either checked or carry-on baggage. The table has been updated with new provisions related to the carriage of e-cigarettes and reformatted for 2016. This document is also available in French (pdf), German (pdf), Spanish (pdf) and Russian (pdf).

Lithium batteries

Whether a lithium battery can be carried by air or not depends on its configuration and either Watt-hour rating (for rechargeable) or lithium content (for non-rechargeable). In addition, spare batteries may not be placed in checked baggage. Find more information in the lithium battery passenger pamphlet (pdf)

Small Lithium Battery Powered Vehicles Notice

There have been questions raised regarding the carriage by passengers of small lithium battery-powered vehicles that go by names such as balance wheel, air wheel, solo wheel, mini balance board and hoverboard. The notice has been updated to include a list of airlines that prohibit the carriage of these devices in passenger baggage. Small Vehicles Powered by Lithium Batteries – Passenger Provisions (pdf)   

Electronic cigarettes

In its Guidance on Electronic Cigarettes (pdf), IATA recommends that the use of simulated smoking materials (cigarettes, pipes, cigars) should be prohibited to passengers and crew at all times. Electronic cigarettes are allowed in aircrafts but must remain stored unused in carry-on baggage. 

Fuel cells

ICAO Technical Instructions and IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations permit the carriage and use of certain fuel cells and fuel cell cartridges by passengers and crew. According to ICAO Guidance Material for Fuel Cells (pdf), those designed and built to meet the transportation safety standards are allowed in aircrafts. 

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