Items to be Carried in Cabin Bag
04 May

Guide to cabin luggage: what you can and can’t take on a plane


So you’ve got your head around cabin bag sizes, but what are you actually allowed to pack in that perfectly-sized suitcase?

Find the answers in the guide to prohibited items in your carry-on luggage.

Scissors, umbrellas and other everyday items

If you’re planning on doing some arts and crafts on board, you’d do well to note that scissors with rounded edges, or with blades less than 6cm are fine for the cabin.

Anything else simply won’t fly.

Other everyday objects such as umbrellas, canes and even knitting needles are allowed, too.

Everyday items

Item Permitted on board?
Corkscrew No
Spoon Yes
Knife (with sharp or fixed blade more than 6 cm) No
Folding blade knife No
Knife and razor blades open No
Scissors whose blades do not exceed 6 cm Yes
Scissors with blades greater than 6 cm No
Scissors with round points (of any length) Yes
Fixed (Disposable) Razor Blades Yes
Cutter No
Nail Clipper Yes
Tweezers Yes
Knitting needles Yes
Sewing needles Yes
Umbrella Yes
Cane Yes
Wheelchair Yes
Children’s stroller Yes
Matches No
Lighter No
Liquid for contact lenses Yes
Printer cartridge No

Hairdryers, Laptops and other essential Electrical items

Item Permitted on board?
Laptop (Exception Countries ) Yes
Tablet Yes
MP3 Player Yes
Hair dryer or straightener Yes
Camera and camera equipment Yes
Travel iron Yes
Electronic razor Yes

Your laptop (Exception countries ), hair straighteners, and travel razor are allowed on board, but most airlines now request that your item has enough battery for the duration of the flight. Add this onto your pre-flight checklist: charge all devices if you plan on taking them into the cabin!

Note: – It’s safer to reconfirm with Airlines.

Medicine and items used for medical purposes

Item Permitted on board?
Cooling gel pack Yes
Medical equipment Yes
Drugs and pills Yes
Syrups and other medicines in liquid form Yes
Hypodermic syringes Yes
Inhalers Yes
Bottles of oxygen Contact the airline directly
Scalpels No

Generally, medicines and pills are allowed in the cabin, including syrups and medicines in liquid form as long as they do not make more than 100ml. If you need more, you must notify your airline in advance. For oxygen or air for medical use, this will depend on your airline. easy jet permits it so long as the weight of the bottle does not exceed 5kg. Ryanair also allows different types of respiratory equipment (masks, respirators, ventilators continuous positive airway pressure or CPAP) so long as they comply with cabin baggage dimensions

Can I bring food (sandwiches, snacks, nuts) on a flight?

Liquids are generally unauthorized in the cabin, but there are some exceptions, notably on infant fluids. However, if you’re intending on carrying a delicious pot of brined olives from Spain or a selection of homemade jams on the flight, you’ll have to check in a bag to carry it with you. Unfortunately, soft cheese is also not permitted on the flight, whereas hard cheese usually is. Any sort of caramel or truffle filled chocolate is permitted, so long as they can fit inside your liquids bag (alongside your mascara, lip balm, and deodorant). When it comes to carrying any sort of solid or dried food product (fruit, nuts, seeds), they’re generally permitted on board, so long as no other passenger has severe allergies.

Item Permitted on board?
Any drink (eg water, fruit juice, tea, coffee) No
Milk, powder, cow or soya Yes
Sterile water for baby Yes – in a bottle
Baby food Yes
Jams No
Syrup No
Honey No
Fresh cheese in liquid or malleable form (cheese, spreadable) No
Yogurt No
Soup No
Sauce No
Fresh cheese in liquid or malleable form (cheese, spreadable) No
Oil No
Vinegar No


Skis, skates and other sports equipment

Can I bring sports equipment into the cabin?

If you have a competition scheduled in the near future and you intend to take your sports equipment in the cabin, be careful, as a general rule, you will most certainly have to bring your equipment in the hold. This is the case for most sports equipment: tennis rackets, walking sticks or crampons, all these objects are prohibited in the cabin. The only exception is a sports parachute, as they are allowed on board.

Sports equipment
Item Permitted on board?
Sports parachute Yes
Bats and rackets No
Golf clubs No
Darts game No
Hiking stick No
Ice skates No
Fishing rod, harpoon or rifle No
Firearms (including reproductions) No
Martial arts equipment No
Diving equipment No
Crossbows, arrows and arrows No
Fronds and catapults No
Crampons No
Javelins No
Ice axes and ice picks No
Swords No
Canoes and paddles No

Tools and equipment

As with sports equipment, as a general rule, work equipment is prohibited in the cabin. So if you happen to be a designer, painter or carpenter traveling, the hammer, nails and paint spray will have to go in the hold.

Item Permitted on board?
Blade or cutting tools larger than 6 cm (eg screwdriver) No
Drill and accessories No
Professional knives No
Cutting mats No
Saws (including portable electric saws) No
Hammer No
Machete No
Aerosol paint No
Turpentine and paint thinner No


There are other prohibited items in the cabin?

Camping gear on board? Tinned fish?

Planning on bringing a few cans on tuna on your camping trip? Don’t put them in your hand luggage unless they fit into your liquids bag. You will also need to put your tent in the hold (those tent poles are dangerous).

Are candles allowed on board?

Candles are also counted as a liquid, so don’t try to take your Jo Malone three-wick candle across the country.All hazardous materials pointed or sharp objects and weapons (revolvers, firearms, pistols, rifles) are also prohibited. It is also the case for tear gas, compressed gas, cleaning products and fire extinguishers and other “chemicals and toxic substances”. And that includes the peroxide, so don’t bring your hair color with you to Malaga. Rockets and fireworks are also banned in the cabin, under all forms. This seems obvious for real rockets, but much less for bang snaps (the little, snapping gunpowder bags kids usually play with). And that also includes traditional Christmas crackers – that slither of gunpowder inside the festive wrapping makes them a no-no on board.


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