Banned Items

These items are not allowed to be transported onboard our flights as cabin baggage, personal baggage, or registered baggage. These are not all the items that will be allowed on board our flights.

Prohibition of E-cigarettes being carried

E-cigarettes include all forms of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), Heat Not Burn Products (e-Hookah), and similar devices. It is not allowed to be imported into India in any shape, size, or form.

Items that cannot be carried in hand baggage

Personal Items

Lighters, Scissors, Metal with pointed tips, Realistic reproduction of toy weapons.

Sharp Objects

Box cutters, Ice Axes/Ice Picks and Knives (any length or type except round-bladed and butter knives), Meat Cleavers, and Razor-type Blades such as utility knives, box cutters, and razor blades not in cartridges but excluding safety razors. Sabres and Sword

Sporting Goods

Baseball bats, Bows and Arrows; Cricket bats; Golf Clubs; Hockey Sticks; Lacrosse Sticks; Pool Cues; Ski Poles, and Spear Guns.

Firearms and guns

Ammunition, BB guns, and Compressed Air Guns. Firearms and Parts of Firearms. Pellet Guns. Realistic Replicas of Firearms. Starter pistols.


Cattle Prods, Crowbars and Hammers, Axes & Hatchets, Crowbars, Crowbars, Hammers. Drills (including cordless power drills), Saws. (including cordless power saws). Screwdrivers.

Self Defense/Martial Arts

Black Jacks and Billy Clubs, Brass Knuckles, Kubatons. Mace/Pepper Spray. Martial Arts Weapons. Night Sticks. Nunchakus. Martial Arts/Self Defense Items. Stun Guns/Shocking devices. Throwing Stars.

Items That Cannot be Carried in Hand Baggage or As Checked-In Baggage

Explosive Materials

Flare guns, Gun Lighters, and Gun Powder are all examples of explosive material. Blasting caps, Dynamite and Fireworks, Flares in any form, Hand Grenades (plastic explosives), and realistic replicas of Explosives.

Compressed gases

These include (deeply frigerated, flammable. non-flammable. and poisonous) such as Butane and Oxygen. (deeply frigerated, flammable.

Flammable Items

These include Aerosol (any other than personal care or toiletries in small quantities), Fuels (including cooking and liquid fuels), Gasoline, and Gas Torches. Lighter Fluid. Turpentine, Paint Thinner. Realistic Replicas for Incendiaries.

Oxidizing materials

Peroxides, bleaching powder

Poisonous or infectious substances

These include insecticides, herbicides, and weed-killers.

Limitation on the carriage for certain 15-inch MacBook Pro Laptops

Apple Inc. issued an advisory recalling a small number of older 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops. These laptops were sold between September 2015 to February 2017. The recall is for replacement batteries due to overheating battery issues. All 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops manufactured during this time are not affected.

The following link allows travelers to check if their device requires a replacement battery.

Additional safety information is available on the DGCA website.

Radioactive materials


Acids, alkalis and mercury, as well as oven cleaners, drain cleaners, and wet cell batteries (except for those in wheelchairs).

Other dangerous articles

Magnetized, offensive, or irritating materials. Attached are cases and briefcases with alarm devices

Restricted Items

Other items, such as the following, may not be carried out without prior approval. This is according to Air India policies and interlining carriers.

Battery-powered wheelchairs with spillable/non-spillable batteries, dry ice, portable medical electronic devices, etc.

The ban on carrying in passenger baggage self-balancing devices powered by lithium batteries 

Transport of battery cells

Hand baggage that contains battery cells for electrical or electronic items is allowed. They will not be confiscated at security. For portable electronic devices, spare or loose batteries (including lithium-ion cells and batteries) must be transported in carry-on luggage only. The lithium metal content of lithium metal batteries must not exceed 2g, and the Watt-hour rating for lithium-ion batteries must not exceed 100Wh. Articles that are used as power sources, such as batteries or solar panels, should be considered spare batteries. Power banks can be considered spare batteries. To prevent short circuits, these batteries should be protected individually. A maximum of 20 batteries are allowed per person.

Sikh Passengers Carry ‘Kirpan” While Traveling by Air

Security Regulations – Carriage and storage of “Kirpans” in the Passenger Cabin

The Sikhism’s important religious symbol, the ‘Kirpan,’ is the ‘Kirpan. Indian law allows passengers to bring a ‘Kirpan in person on flights that have their point of origin and destination within India. The maximum length of the ‘Kirpan must not exceed 9 inches (22.86 cm). The blade must not exceed 6 inches (22.86 cm.). The handle should not exceed 3 inches (7.62 cm).

The carriage of ‘Kirpan” is strictly prohibited in an aircraft’s cabin, whether it’s in person or in the hand baggage. This applies to any International or Domestic flight that passes through an International Terminal Security Hold Area. This item must be checked in baggage by the passenger only.

Baggage Tips

For a pleasant journey, travel light. Unsafe baggage transport can cause a lot of inconveniences. It is important that passengers ensure that their baggage is securely packed and properly tagged. These tips can be very useful.

  • The custodian for all baggage, including hand baggage, is the passenger.
  • You should know what your hand and checked baggage allowance are.
  • Check out the most recent restrictions regarding the carriage of certain items in your handbag or check-in bag.
  • Check your baggage carefully, and don’t bring any valuables.
  • All items exceeding your allowance for baggage will be subject to additional charges, even duty-free purchases.
  • Make sure to label your bags with your name, address, and any tags or labels from previous flights.
  • Be sure to keep all handbags and bags locked up at all times.
  • You should not transport packages or other items that have unidentified contents on behalf of others.
  • Unknown persons should not be given packets.
  • You may have to identify your baggage or claim it at the connecting point in certain instances.
  • You should always keep an eye on your baggage, especially if you are in the airport area. Airport Security Staff may remove unattended baggage as an object for suspicion.
  • Take all necessary precautions when transporting your hand luggage and personal belongings, even onboard.
  • Before you check in, declare if you are carrying explosives or arms. The Aircraft Act and Rules make concealment an offense.
  • You may need to bring all of your baggage with you to the check-in counters.
  • For easy access and control, make sure to have medication, important documents, and cash in your hand luggage.
  • You should consider adequate travel insurance, including personal property and medical emergencies.
  • Use Transport and Security Administration (TSA-compliant locks) for travel within the USA.

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