What can I take?

Certain objects or materials are prohibited on board the aircraft, others are subject to regulations.
Which can you bring on board? Into the cabin? Into the hold? Do you need prior approval?
The following list, although not complete, is here to help you.

1 - Aerosol products, toiletries and medication

Nonflammable aerosol products

Nonflammable and nontoxic gases that pose no risk when used for athletic or domestic purposes. The aerosol valves must be protected by a lid.
  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: no

Toiletries and non-radioactive medication (including aerosol products)

Hair spray, deodorant, perfume, cologne, nail polish remover, nail polish… and medication that contains alcohol.
  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: no
Please note: the net total of all toiletries, non-radioactive medication and the aerosol products cited above is limited to 2 kg or 2 l per person. The net quantity of each item must not exceed 0.5 kg or 0.5 l.

Flammable or toxic aerosol products

Domestic, cleaning or home improvement products… such as ink, paint, varnish and enamel of any kind (even water-based), acetone, alcohol, paint thinner, ethanol, gas, lighter fluid.
  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: no

2 - Matches, lighters and electronic cigarettes and their replacement batteries

Safety matches and classic lighters

Safety matches, classic lighters (with liquefied gas, including grill lighters or gas lighters with protective hoods).
  • In the cabin: only on your person
  • In the hold: no
  • Prior approval needed: no

Maximum 1 small box of matches or 1 lighter per person

Other matches and lighters

Matches without a striking surface, Blue flame lighters or cigarette lighters, lighters containing flammable, unabsorbed liquid (except liquid gas), lighter fluid, refill cartridges.
  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: no

Electronic cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes of all types (e-cigarettes, e-cigars, e-pipes, e-hookah, personal vapers, electronic systems for administering nicotine…).
Please note: it is recommended to protect electronic cigarettes (of all types) with special cases. Using and charging electronic cigarettes are prohibited during your flight.
  • In the cabin: only on your person
  • In the hold: no
  • Prior approval needed: no
Lithium batteries can catch fire if they short-circuit or are damaged, poorly designed or poorly assembled. Lithium batteries and electric and electronic devices that are damaged, defective or recalled by the manufacturer are prohibited in all aircraft.
Please handle your devices and replacement batteries with care when on board.

Replacement batteries for electronic cigarettes

Each replacement battery must be protected against short circuiting. It should be placed either in its original packaging, a plastic bag, or a protective, individual envelope. If not, the electrodes must be isolated with non-conducting tape.
  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: no
  • Prior approval needed: no

3 - Electric and electronic devices, batteries and replacement batteries

The unintended starting of devices placed in checked baggage must be prevented by any possible means.

Lithium devices and batteries

Lithium batteries can catch fire if they short-circuit or are damaged, poorly designed or poorly assembled. Lithium batteries and devices that are damaged, defective or recalled by the manufacturer are prohibited in all aircraft.
In order to avoid all damages and their consequences, please handle your devices and replacement batteries with care when on board.
Lithium-metal batteries containing over 2 g of lithium, and lithium-ion batteries whose energy exceeds 160 Wh, which are contained in a device or its replacement, are prohibited in all aircraft.

Portable electronic devices < 100 Wh

Devices containing batteries, lithium-metal batteries (not exceeding 2 g of lithium) or lithium-ion batteries (not exceeding 100 Wh) transported for personal use: watches, video recorders, cameras, mobile phones, laptops, tablets, drones…
  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: no

Replacement batteries < 100 Wh

Lithium-metal batteries (not exceeding 2 g of lithium) or lithium-ion batteries (not exceeding 100 Wh), for portable electronic devices (watches, video recorders, cameras, mobile phones, laptops, tablets, Power Bank external chargers, drones…).
  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: no
  • Prior approval needed: no

External batteries

External batteries or lithium backups (Power Bank, PowerPack, battery packs…).
  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: no
  • Prior approval needed: no

Portable electronic devices between 100 Wh and 160 Wh

Portable electronic devices containing lithium-ion batteries (over 100 Wh, but not exceeding 160 Wh, such as power tools, video cameras, laptops, drones…).
  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: yes*

Replacement batteries between 100 Wh and 160 Wh

Lithium-ion replacement batteries (over 100 Wh, but not exceeding 160 Wh) for portable electronic devices (power tools, video cameras, laptops, drones…).
  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: no
  • Prior approval needed: yes*

Maximum 2 replacement batteries per person

Fuel cells

The installation of a replacement cartridge is permitted but the filling of fuel cells is prohibited.
The maximum amount of fuel in a fuel cell or a fuel cell cartridge cannot exceed:
  • 200 ml for liquids,
  • 200 g for solids,
  • for liquid gas, 120 ml for fuel cells or cartridges for non-metallic fuel cells, or 200 ml for fuel cells or cartridges for metallic fuel cells,
  • for hydrogen in metallic hydrides, the cartridges for fuel cells should have a water capacity that is less than or equal to 120 ml.

Devices with fuel cells

Portable electronic devices that use fuel cells, such as cameras, mobile phones, laptops and video recorders, with the manufacturer's marking "approved for carriage in aircraft cabin only".
  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: no
  • Prior approval needed: no

Replacement cartridges

Replacement cartridges for fuel cells for portable electronic devices.
  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: no

Maximum 2 replacement cartridges per person

Other devices and batteries

Devices with non spillable batteries

Portable electronic devices that use non spillable batteries, otherwise known as "dry batteries" or "liquid gel batteries", which adhere to special provision A67 (charger or battery booster, scales…). Batteries should have a maximum voltage of 12 V and a maximum battery power of 100 Wh.
Please note: the energy value of batteries should be visible on the device or on the batteries.
  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: no

Maximum 2 replacement batteries per person

Other replacement batteries

Alkaline batteries or nickel-metal hydride batteries.
  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: no
  • Prior approval needed: no

Electric devices that produce extreme heat

High-intensity flashlights (diving lamps), soldering irons…
In order to avoid any risk of fire, the battery and the heat-producing component should be separated. The battery must be protected against short-circuiting. It should be placed in its original packaging, a plastic bag or an individual protective envelope. If not, the electrodes must be isolated with adhesive tape.
  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: yes*

*Authorizations should be requested from Air France or your travel agency.

4 - Electric and electronic medical devices, batteries and replacement batteries

The unintended starting of devices placed in checked baggage must be prevented by any possible means.
Each replacement battery must be protected against short-circuiting. It must be placed in its original packaging, a plastic bag or an individual protective envelope. If not, the electrodes must be isolated with adhesive tape.

Lithium devices and batteries

Lithium batteries can catch fire if they short-circuit, are damaged, poorly designed or poorly assembled. Lithium batteries and devices that are damaged, defective or recalled by the manufacturer are prohibited in all aircraft.
In order to avoid all damages and their consequences, please handle your devices and replacement batteries with care when on board.
Lithium-metal batteries with over 8 g of lithium and lithium-ion batteries whose energy exceeds 160 Wh and are contained in the device or its replacement, are prohibited in all aircraft.

Portable electronic devices < 100 Wh

Portable electronic medical devices containing batteries or lithium-metal batteries (not exceeding 2 g of lithium) or lithium-ion batteries (not exceeding 100 Wh): portable oxygen concentrators, transported for medical use.
  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: no

Replacement batteries < 100 Wh

Lithium-metal replacement batteries (not exceeding 2 g of lithium) or lithium-ion batteries (not exceeding 100 Wh) for portable electronic medical devices: portable oxygen concentrators.
  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: no
  • Prior approval needed: no

Portable electronic devices between 100 Wh and 160 Wh

Portable electronic medical devices containing batteries or lithium-metal batteries (not exceeding 8 g of lithium) or lithium-ion batteries (over 100 Wh, but not exceeding 160 Wh) transported for medical use: automated external defibrillators (AED), nebulizers, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) ventilators, such as anti-sleep apnea or anti-snoring devices.
  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: yes*

Replacement batteries between 100 Wh and 160 Wh

Lithium-metal replacement batteries (not exceeding 8 g of lithium) or lithium-ion batteries (over 100 Wh, but not exceeding 160 Wh) for portable electronic medical devices (AED, CPAP, nebulizers…).
  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: no
  • Prior approval needed: yes*

Maximum 2 replacement batteries per person

Other devices and batteries

Devices with non spillable batteries

Portable electronic devices that function with non spillable batteries, otherwise known as "dry-cell batteries" or "liquid gel batteries", which adhere to special provision A67. Batteries must have a maximum voltage of 12 V and a maximum battery power of 100 Wh.
Please note: the energy value of batteries should be visible on the device or on the batteries.
  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: no

Maximum 2 replacement batteries per person

*Authorizations should be requested from Air France or your travel agency.

5 - Devices and medical items other than those that use standard or rechargeable batteries

All necessary measures must be taken for the protection of devices containing gas.
The unintended starting of devices equipped with gas tanks must be prevented by all possible means.

Oxygen or breathing gas

Oxygen or breathing gas tanks or devices containing such tanks, for medical use.
Please note: the use of personal oxygen or breathing gas tanks on board is prohibited.
  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: no
  • Prior approval needed: yes*

Maximum authorized gross weight by tank: 5 kg

Liquid oxygen

Devices containing liquid oxygen tanks, for medical use.
  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: no

Radioactive medical devices or products

Pacemakers or equivalent devices with radioactive isotopes, (including those using lithium batteries), implanted in the body or attached to its exterior, or radioactive pharmaceutical products that are located in the body of a person for medical treatment.
  • In the cabin: only on your person
  • In the hold: no
  • Prior approval needed: no

Gas cartridges for prosthetic devices

Small, nonflammable, nontoxic gas cartridges for mechanical prosthetic devices carried by the passenger as well as replacement cartridges, of an equivalent size, in the necessary quantity for the duration of the trip.
  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: no

Mercury thermometers

Medical or clinical thermometers that contain mercury and are for personal use, when placed in their protective cases.
  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: no

Maximum 1 thermometer per person.

*Authorizations should be requested from Air France or your travel agency.

6 - Weapons and ammunition

Electric weapons

Electric weapons containing dangerous components such as explosives, compressed gas, lithium batteries: stun guns or batons (like Tasers)…
  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: no

Firearms and ammunition

Weapons intended for sport or hunting are permitted as long as you are able to present the required licenses and permits, and only after having booked their transport.
Ammunition (cartridges for smaller caliber weapons) should be securely packed (divisions 1.4s, UN0012 or UN0014 only), should not exceed the gross weight of 5 kg per person, and are for the use of this person, except for explosive or incendiary-filled projectiles.
  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: yes*

Multiple passengers cannot put their ammunition in a single package.

Other ranged weapons

Ranged weapons are not included in the category of firearms.
  • Stun weapons, including cattle prods and ballistic energy systems
  • Crossbows
  • Catapults
  • Firearm components (except telescopic viewing equipment and view finders)
  • BB guns (ball bearing guns)
  • Industrial staple and nail guns
  • Harpoons and spear guns
  • Air rifles and pellet guns;
  • Signal flare pistols
  • Captive bolt pistols
  • Toy guns
  • Starting pistols (competitions)
  • Replica and imitation firearms
  • Jewelry or amulets made from real bullets or empty bullet shells (applicable only on flights departing from or arriving in the Philippines)

Incomplete list

  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: no

Weapons and sharp objects

Weapons and objects that can cause injuries.
  • Needles and hooks (knitting, embroidery) in metal or any other material that is strong enough to be used as a weapon
  • Poles for skiing, walking or hiking
  • Pocket knives or switchblades, no matter the length of the blade
  • Scissors
  • Meat cleavers
  • Knives, including ceremonial knives and knives made of metal or any other material that is strong enough to be used as a weapon
  • Cleats
  • Arrows and darts
  • Axes and hatchets
  • Machetes
  • Tools that can be used as blunt or cutting weapons, including drills and drill bits, box cutters, work knives, all saws, screwdrivers, crowbars, hammers, folding machines, keys, soldering equipment
  • Ice axes and ice picks
  • Ice skates
  • Straight razors (except safety or disposable razors with blades enclosed in cartridges)
  • Sabers, swords and daggers
  • Scalpels
  • Throwing stars

Incomplete list

  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: no

Blunt objects

Weapons and objects that can cause injuries.
  • Baseball bats and balls
  • Cricket bats
  • Fishing rods
  • Golf clubs
  • Stiff and flexible sticks or batons, including clubs, black jack accessories and batons
  • Hockey sticks
  • Lacrosse sticks
  • Martial arts equipment, including brass knuckles, sticks, flails, nunchuks, kubotans, and kubasaunts
  • Kayak and canoe paddles
  • Pool and billiards cues
  • Skateboards

Incomplete list

  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: no

7 - Devices for scientific or other purposes

Air quality

Infiltration devices, used to calibrate air quality control apparatuses.
  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: no

Security cases

Security cases, boxes, purses, or bags intended for the transport of liquid silver and security equipment… containing dangerous items such as lithium batteries or pyrotechnic material.
  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: no

Mercury barometers or thermometers

Mercury barometers or thermometers transported by a representative of a government meteorology office or a similar official organization.
  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: no
  • Prior approval needed: yes*

*Authorizations should be requested from Air France or your travel agency.

8 - Explosives, fireworks and firecrackers

Pyrotechnic items

These items are prohibited.
  • Detonators and fuses
  • Explosive or incendiary machines
  • Fireworks (including candles or sparklers) or flares in any form
  • Smoke grenades, bombs, or cartridges
  • Ammunition other than that which is permitted in the "Firearms and ammunition" section
  • Mines and other explosive military devices
  • Firecrackers, including Christmas Crackers and fuses
  • Replica or imitation explosive materials or explosives
  • Dynamite, gunpowder and plastic explosives

Incomplete list

  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: no

9 - Electric transport vehicles other than those meant for people with reduced mobility

Electric bicycles

Electric bicycles meant for leisure purposes that function with lithium batteries (no matter the battery power in Wh) or with installed batteries.
You can travel with an electric bicycle, as long as its batteries are removed. In that case, it will be considered as a normal bicycle, and the disassembled and replacement batteries will be dealt with according to what is stated in section 3 - Electric and electronic devices, batteries and replacement batteries.

Individual transport vehicles, for leisure purposes

Segways, hoverboards, self-balancing hoverboards, Oxboards, electric skateboards, waveboards, lithium battery-operated motorized baggage (no matter the battery power in Wh and even if the battery has been disconnected or removed).
  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: no

10 - Wheelchairs and other electric transport vehicles for people with reduced mobility

11 - Liquid gas and nitrogen in devices, tanks, or cartridges

All necessary measures must be taken for the protection of devices containing gas, in order to avoid damages or the leaking of their contents.
The unintended starting of devices equipped with gas tanks or cartridges placed in hand baggage or checked baggage must be prevented by any possible means.

Compressed air

Compressed air cylinders, for example those used for scuba diving, unemptied (compressed at more than 200 kPa or 2.0 bars).
Cylinders that have been emptied (pressure less than 200 kPa or 2.0 bars) will be accepted and considered as diving equipment.
  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: no

Flammable gas

Cartridges or tanks of flammable gas, new or used, pierced or not pierced, or with a closure system, used for the operation of gas camping stoves, blowtorches (kitchen or home improvement), tools, camping fuel.
  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: no

Defense equipment with gas

Defense equipment containing pepper spray, a physically irritating or incapacitating substance (tear gas…).
  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: no

Avalanche airbags

Avalanche airbags, containing a cartridge of nonflammable and nontoxic compressed gas.
  • The airbag must be packed in such a way that it cannot be accidentally activated.
  • The inflatable bags of the kit must come equipped with safety valves.
  • The airbag must also come equipped with a pyrotechnic activation mechanism, not containing more than a net weight of 200 mg of division 1.4S explosives.
  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: yes*

Maximum 1 airbag permitted per person
Special case of the United States
The transport of an avalanche rescue kit that contains an explosive (1.4S) in the activation mechanism is not permitted from, to, through, and in the United States.

Self-inflating safety equipment

Individual self-inflating safety equipment that uses cartridges (small) of nonflammable and nontoxic gas like carbon dioxide (CO2), or another type of gas: safety vests or rafts, protective jackets for motorcycle and horseback riding. The equipment must be packed in such a way that it cannot be accidentally activated.
  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: yes*

Maximum 1 piece of equipment with no more than 2 cartridges included and no more than 2 replacement cartridges per person

Small gas cartridges

Different types of equipment operating with cartridges (small) of nonflammable and nontoxic gas like carbon dioxide (CO2), or another type of gas: whipped cream dispensers and soda siphons, air guns…
  • The water capacity of each cartridge shouldn't exceed 50 ml.
  • For carbon dioxide, a gas tank with a liquid volume of 50 ml is equal to a cartridge of 28 g.
  • In addition, cartridges of nitrous oxide (N2O) are prohibited, no matter the quantity and the capacity.
  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: yes*

Maximum 4 small cartridges per person

Liquid nitrogen

Insulated packaging or cyrogenic containers containing refrigerated liquid nitrogen (like Dry Shipper) fully absorbed in porous material, only holding harmless products, having been maintained at a low temperature.
Please note: the maximum gross weight of the packaging must not exceed 10 kg.
  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: yes*

Hydrocarbon gas

Curling irons containing hydrocarbon gas, provided that the safety lid is solidly attached to the heating component.
Please note: that the on board use and transport of iron gas refills is prohibited.
  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: no

Maximum 1 device per person

Dry ice

Dry ice is permitted in quantities that do not exceed 2.5 kg per person when it is being used to refrigerate perishable goods that are not subject to the Regulations for Dangerous Goods for checked or hand baggage. The packaging should allow the carbon dioxide to escape, bear the label "Dry Ice" and indicate the net weight of the dry ice.
  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: yes*

Energy-saving light bulb

Energy-saving light bulbs meant for personal and domestic use are permitted in their original packaging.
  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: no

*Authorizations should be requested from Air France or your travel agency.

12 - Liquids - alcoholic beverages, combustibles, flammable liquids

Alcoholic beverages

Alcoholic beverages not exceeding an alcoholic volume of 70 %, wrapped in their retail packaging, correctly closed and not exceeding 5 liters, are permitted.
Please note: homemade alcoholic beverages are not permitted.
  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: no

Maximum 5 l per person

Household, cleaning and home improvement products

Ink, paint, varnish and enamel of any sort (even water-based) and no matter the packaging (aerosol, container, spray, cartridge, jar, tube…), acetone, alcohol, paint thinner, ethanol, gas, lighter fluid, diesel, pesticides, pool products, solvents, turpentine…
  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: no

Empty containers of flammable combustible liquid

Camping stoves and jerrycans of fuel (or any other container) that contain a combustible and flammable liquid.
The fuel tank, or the container, must have been emptied for at least 1 hour and left open for at least 6 hours in order for all of the residual fuel to have evaporated.
For transport, the fuel tank, or the container, must be closed with the cap firmly attached. The camping stove, or the container, must be covered in an absorbent material like a paper napkin and placed in a plastic bag or its equivalent. The bag must be closed with an elastic or with adhesive tape.
  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: yes*

Samples of flammable liquids

Non-infectious samples wrapped with small quantities of flammable liquids.
  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: no

Transport of liquids in the cabin

Liquids in small quantities are permitted in the cabin. Each container must not exceed 100 ml (3.4 oz). They must be placed in a transparent plastic bag with a maximum volume of 1 l. This bag should be sealed and the items must go in easily. Only 1 transparent plastic bag per person.

Exceptions
The following products, if they are necessary during your flight, are allowed without restriction:
  • infant food,
  • medication, accompanied by a prescription or a statement from your doctor,
  • food for a specific dietary regimen.
Flight with no connections
Duty-free liquids purchased at the airport or onboard the aircraft must be placed in a sealed transparent plastic bag. They must be accompanied by a proof of purchase that is visible from the inside of the bag and that mentions the airport or the airline from which the purchase was made.

Flight with connections
If you have a connecting flight in a country that is a member of the European Union*, you can keep duty-free liquids that were bought at the departure airport or onboard the aircraft, as long as they're placed in a sealed transparent plastic bag. They must be accompanied by a proof of purchase that is visible from the inside of the bag and that mentions the airport or the airline where the purchase was made.
For a connection in another country, please find out about the regulations in effect in the country where you are making this connection. Depending on the local laws, Air France may accept duty-free liquids that were purchased during the connection, in the cabin, with the same conditions for the packaging as in the previous cases.

If you have a connecting flight via the United States or Canada, you must collect your checked baggage at the first connection point. We recommend that you place any previously bought duty-free liquids in your checked baggage.

* Including Norway, Iceland and Switzerland.

13 - Engines, large tools, vehicles and spare parts

Non-electric engines

Thermal engines, even new, internal combustion or fuel cells.
  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: no

Spare parts for vehicles

Spare parts, even new, for 2, 3 or 4 wheel vehicles, likely to contain dangerous chemical products: shock absorbers of all kinds, batteries of all kinds for vehicles, airbags…
  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: no
Please note: for the items cited above, Air France applies a more restrictive policy than what is anticipated by international regulations.

Electric engines

Electric engines that are mains powered.
  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: no

14 - Protected animals and plants

The illegal selling and transport of endangered animals or plants, or of products derived from these endangered species, constitutes a growing threat to biodiversity. Air France cooperates with the authorities and international NGOs, putting in place emergency measures and informing its passengers about the risks and consequences of transporting endangered species.
Please do not put yourself in an illegal situation and join us by confirming the legality of the products that you're transporting, in the hold or in the cabin.
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