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There are many goods and items that are not allowed to be brought onto an Air Antwerp aircraft as cabin baggage. Moreover‚ some dangerous goods and items are banned completely and can thus not be packed in hold baggage either. Please note that it is the responsibility of the passenger to comply with the regulations on restricted and prohibited items. If an item from a passenger’s cabin or hold baggage is confiscated‚ Air Antwerp will not check-in the item‚ assume any responsibility for it or keep it under its custody and the item will be disposed of or donated to charity.

Important remark: all lists provided below are non-exhaustive. If any authorized employee of Air Antwerp‚ the ground handling company‚ airport security‚ customs or police authorities deems an item to be ineligible to be taken on board the aircraft‚ it may be confiscated. If you are in doubt about whether or not you are allowed to bring something on board‚ please contact Air Antwerp Customer Services (click here). In some cases you will need explicit prior approval from Air Antwerp to take a certain item with you on the flight and you will be to fill in an Operator Approval Form. You can download this form by clicking here.


Prohibited items

The following dangerous goods and items can not be brought on board an Air Antwerp flight in baggage whether cabin or hold baggage:

  • Stretchers‚ full-size prams or engines.
  • Gas cylinders. Deeply refrigerated flammable‚ non-flammable‚ and poisonous gases such as butane‚ oxygen‚ propane‚ and aqualung cylinders. Includes butane gas (e.g. for use with heated hair appliances)‚ camping gas‚ and chef's blow torches.
  • Flammable liquids and solids such as lighter or heater fuels‚ paint‚ and matches. One disposable lighter may be carried on one’s person.
  • Liquid oxygen systems. 1 small compressed oxygen/air cylinder of maximum 450 liters is allowed on board for personal medical use under condition of prior approval of Air Antwerp and a medical certificate as proof for the necessity of this cylinder.   
  • Poisons such as insecticides‚ weed killers‚ arsenic‚ and cyanide.
  • Radioactive material‚ oxidising materials‚ and organic peroxides such as bleaches and fibreglass repair kits.
  • Disabling devices such as mace and pepper spray.
  • Infectious substances such as bacteria and viruses.
  • Corrosives such as mercury‚ acids‚ alkalis‚ and wet-cell batteries.
  • Firearms and explosives such as handguns‚ automatic weapons‚ munitions‚ ammunitions (including blank cartridges)‚ pistol caps‚ fireworks‚ flares‚ smoke canisters‚ (Christmas) crackers.        

As an exception to the last item‚ sporting/competition firearms and a maximum of 5 kilograms (11 lbs.) of ammunition may be carried in hold baggage with appropriate paperwork‚ subject to available space‚ if declared at check-in and securely boxed or packaged. Please note ammunition must be securely packed as part of customer hold baggage in a locked hard wooden or metal box and separated from firearms. Customers checking in firearms must check in at least 90 minutes prior to the scheduled time of departure.

Firearms are carried subject to production of valid licence or hunting permit‚ need to be packed properly in suitable gun bag and MUST be unloaded. (No bullet to be present in the firearm chamber/barrel). Reservations for firearms must be made via Air Antwerp Customer Services at the time of booking the ticket‚ and no later than 72 hours prior to departure.


Restricted items 

In addition to the list of prohibited items above‚ the following items and dangerous goods cannot be brought on board any Air Antwerp flight as cabin baggage. They can however be packed in the hold baggage.

  • Toy or replica guns (plastic or metal) and catapults.
  • Household cutlery and scissors.
  • Knives with blades of any length‚ paper knives and razor blades.
  • Tradesmen's tools.
  • Knitting needles.
  • Sporting bats‚ darts and cues for billiard‚ snooker or pool.
  • Hypodermic syringes and needles‚ unless supported by medical certificate shown upon check-in at the airport. Please note that injections during the flight must be self-administered and Air Antwerp staff and crew members cannot assist in any way.

In addition to this list of restricted items‚ there are a couple of categories of items and goods specified below that require a bit more explanation. 


Restricted items: liquids 

In this context the definition of a liquid includes gels‚ pastes‚ lotions‚ liquid/solid mixtures‚ toothpaste‚ hair gel‚ drinks‚ soups‚ syrups‚ deodorant‚ shaving foam‚ aerosols‚ yoghurt‚ pastas with sauce and curry. These liquids are permitted on board any Air Antwerp flight as cabin baggage if:

  • Each individual container is no larger than 100 mililiter.
  • All liquids and their containers carried by one passenger can fit into ONE re-sealable transparent plastic bag‚ which must not exceed 20 by 20 centimeters in size. The bag must be sealable with the contents inside.
  • The total liquid contained in this one bag may not exceed 1 liter.

If any of the conditions above is not met‚ the liquid will be confiscated at the airport security screening checkpoints. If you need to transport a liquid that does not meet all these requirements‚ then you can pack it into your hold baggage. Liquids purchased after the airport security screening checkpoints are excluded from these limitations as the outlets selling these items are subjected to approved security procedures.


Restricted items: electronics

According to safety regulations all electronic devices must be switched off during take-off and landing to eliminate interference in the navigation instruments or other systems of the aircraft. The following devices are allowed to be used during the flight as soon as the “Fasten your seatbelts” signs have been switched off:

  • Mobile phones if they are switched to “flight (safe) mode”.
  • Tablets and laptops if they are switched to “flight (safe) mode”.
  • Video cameras and photo cameras.
  • Devices without aerial signal connections such as portable gaming devices and e-readers.  

The “flight (safe) mode” on these devices should remain activated until the engines have been stopped or until the flight crew announces that mobile devices can be used‚ whichever comes first.

The use of devices that require an aerial signal connection is strictly forbidden for the duration of the flight. Examples of such devices include:

  • Portable radios including all devices that have AM/FM radio functionality.
  • TV sets.
  • Walkie-talkies.
  • Remote-control toys.
  • Wireless computer mice.

Power banks and batteries (lithium-ion‚ lithium-metal or lithium-alloy) are only allowed in the cabin of the aircraft and are not allowed to be packed in hold baggage. If the rated power is less than 100 Wh‚ the item can be carried on board without approval. For cells between 100 Wh and 160 Wh prior approval needs to be obtained from Air Antwerp via Customer Services (click here) and a maximum of 2 such items per passenger applies. Items with a rating beyond 160 Wh are not permitted on board under any circumstances. These limitations apply regardless of whether the battery is installed in a device or carried separately as a spare.