Restricted and prohibited items

Please refer to the links below to see what you can and cannot bring in carry-on and checked baggage.

You can also view essential information on the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) website.

Airport security enhancements also have a direct impact on the determination of restricted or prohibited items. View our security enhancements page for more information.

Common items

Liquids and gels (including aerosols, toiletries and alcoholic beverages) Details

Accepted items include alcoholic beverages, perfume, cologne, aerosols and medicines containing alcohol. Release valves on aerosols must be protected by a cap or other suitable means to prevent inadvertent release of the contents.

The following items are not accepted in checked or carry-on baggage:

  • Canned oxygen (also known as recreational or flavoured oxygen)
  • Alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content of 70% or more

Carry-on baggage:

Liquids gels and aerosols are permitted in carry-on baggage on the following conditions:
  • They are in containers of 100 ml/100 g (3.4 oz.) or less.
    • Containers over 100mL/100g (3.4oz) will be confiscated from carry-on baggage at the security checkpoint.
  • The containers are placed in one (1) clear, closed and resealable plastic bag no larger than 1 litre (1 quart).
    • One resealable plastic bag per passenger is permitted.

Checked baggage:

Liquids, gels and aerosols (e.g. hairspray, medicines containing alcohol, perfume, and cologne) are accepted in checked baggage provided:
  • Their total capacity does not exceed 2 L or 2 kg (75 fl. oz.) per passenger.
  • The net capacity of each single item does not exceed 500 ml or 500 g (18 fl. oz).
The acceptance of alcoholic beverages in checked baggage is based on their alcohol content:
  • Alcohol content of no more than 70% (140 proof): accepted in checked baggage
  • Alcohol content of more than 70% (140 proof): not accepted in either checked or carry-on baggage.
Batteries Details

Lithium metal or lithium ion cells and batteries:

Portable electronic devices containing lithium metal or lithium ion cells or batteries, such as watches, calculating machines, cameras, cellular phones, laptop computers*, camcorders, etc., are accepted under the following conditions:

  • Lithium metal or alloy cells and batteries:
    • Only lithium metal cells or batteries with a maximum lithium content of 2 grams are accepted.
    • The following are permitted in carry-on baggage only*:
      • Consumer electronic devices containingaccepted lithium metal cells or batteries;
      • Spare lithium metal cells or batteries (in reasonable quantities).
    • Batteries must be individually protected to prevent short circuits, e.g. exposed terminals can be taped over, each individual battery can be in a protective pouch or separate plastic bag, or batteries can be in their original retail packaging.
  • Lithium ion cells and batteries up to 100 Watt Hours (Wh) each
    • The following are permitted in carry-on baggage only*:
      • Consumer electronic devices containing accepted lithium ion cells or batteries with a rating of not more than 100 Wh each;
      • Spare lithium ion cells or batteries with a rating of not more than 100 Wh each.
  • Lithium ion batteries with a rating of 100 but not exceeding 160 Watt Hours (Wh)
    • A maximum of two (2) individually protected spare lithium ion batteries with a rating of 100 Wh but not exceeding 160 Wh may be carried per passenger in carry-on baggage only*, pending approval by Air Canada airport agents.

Alkali-manganese (alkaline), Zinc-carbon (dry cell), nickel metal hydride (NiMH), nickel cadmium (NiCd) and silver oxide batteries (Non lithium)

  • Such batteries are permitted in carry-on baggage only*.
  • Batteries must be individually protected to prevent short circuits, e.g. exposed terminals can be taped over, each individual battery can be in a protective pouch or separate plastic bag, or batteries can be in their original retail packaging.

Batteries used to power portable battery-powered medical devices

Batteries used to power mobility aids

* On smaller aircraft (e.g. Jazz Dash-8 or CRJ) with limited onboard storage space, customers are asked to deposit their carry-on items on a cart as they board the plane. Battery-powered devices and spare batteries must always be removed from carry-on baggage that is deposited on such carts and carried into the aircraft cabin.

Camping equipment Details

The following are accepted as checked baggage only:

  • A new unused camping stove in its original, unopened package.
  • A used camping stove that has containedflammable liquid such as kerosene, liquefiedpetroleum gas, propane, butane and isobutene.The used camping stove will be accepted onlyif:
    • the fuel tank or fuel cell has been removedfrom the stove;
    • the fuel tank or fuel cell has been completelydrained of all liquid fuel and rinsedwith a neutralizing agent such as cookingoil;
    • the fuel tank is closed with the capsecurely fastened, is wrapped in absorbentmaterial such as a paper towel, and thenplaced in a polyethylene or equivalentbag. The top of the bag must be sealedor gathered and closed with an elasticband or twine.

Forbidden: Camping stove gas cartridgessuch as butane\propane mix or propane cylinders andliquid fuel are forbidden in carry-on or checked baggage.

Insect repellents (aerosol and non-aerosol)are:

  • accepted provided they are non toxic andnon flammable;
  • accepted in carry-on baggage provided the canister containsno more than 100ml (3.4oz);
  • accepted in checked baggage provided the release valve is protected by a cap or other suitable means to prevent inadvertent release of the contents.
Curling irons and lighters Details

Curling irons:

  • One (1) gas-operated curling iron with its hydrocarbon gas container is accepted in checked baggage, provided the safety cover is securely fitted over the heating element.
  • One (1) curling iron without the gas container is accepted in carry-on baggage.
  • Separate gas refills for curling irons are not permitted in either carry-on or checked baggage.

Lighters:

Only one of the following items, intended for individual use, is permitted when it is when carried on one’s person (e.g. in pocket or purse):

  • One (1) Bic-type butane lighter, OR
  • One (1) USB lighter, OR
  • One (1) book of matches

No other type of lighter is accepted in carry-on or checked baggage.

For departures from the United-States, Bic-type lighters are the only lighters accepted past US pre-clearance checkpoints. Fuel refills are not permitted in either carry-on or checked baggage.

Dry ice, brine or gel/ice packs Details

Dry ice:

Dry ice is often used in the packaging of perishable items (i.e. fish, seafood) to keep them cool.

Items packed in dry ice are accepted in carry-on or checked baggage provided they are properly wrapped/packed to protect against leakage, then placed in a box,carton or container that:

  • is properly vented to allow for the release of carbon dioxide gas,
  • is in good condition and free of any damage.

Dry ice must not exceed 2.5 kg (5 lbs) in weight (total weight of 2.5 kg is for carry-on baggage and checked baggage combined per passenger).

Checked baggage restrictions:

  • Passengers travelling with a dry ice containeras checked baggage must:
    • arrive at the airport at least one hour prior to departure to allow for proper handling of dry ice, and
    • sign a declaration form that certifies that the package is in good condition and provides a description of contents.

Passengers whose itinerary includes a connecting flight with another airline may not travel with a dry ice container as checked baggage due to special handling requirements.

Brine:

Brine spillage from fish and seafood is corrosive. Lobsters, mussels, oysters etc. must be packaged in leak proof containers and then be packed in plastic bags inside *waxed* cartons.

Gel/ice packs:

Gel and ice packs are subject to all liquid and gel restrictions (see Liquids and gels link above).

If you must keep an item cool you may want to use frozen peas as an alternative to agel/ice pack.

Exception:  gel/ice packs that are used to refrigerate medication are exempt from these restrictions, provided the medication bears a label or is accompanied by a doctor’s/pharmacist’s note stating that refrigeration is required.

MREs (Meals, Ready-to-Eat) Details

MREs - Meals Ready to Eat - and self-heating meals or beverages are not accepted on board our aircraft, in either carry-on or checked baggage.

Oxygen for medical purposes Details

Accepted:

Only certain models of personal oxygen concentrators (POCs) are accepted sources of medical oxygen for customers requiring supplemental oxygen during flight.

Read additional information for passengers requiring oxygen for travel.

Prohibited:

The following are not accepted in either your carry-on or checked baggage:

  • Personal oxygen cylinders and oxygen generators;
  • Canned oxygen (also known as recreational or flavoured oxygen);
  • Personal medical oxygen devices that utilize liquid oxygen.
    • These devices are also prohibited on one's person.

Other restricted or prohibited items

Air purifiers and ionizers Details

Air purifiers and ionizers are not accepted in either carry-on or checked baggage and must not be used on board the aircraft at any time.

Canned oxygen (also known as recreational or flavoured oxygen) is not accepted in checked or carry-on baggage.

Avalanche rescue equipment Details

Avalanche rescue backpacks

Avalanche rescue backpacks (one per passenger) are accepted as checked baggage only on the condition that they are equipped with:
  • a pyrotechnic trigger mechanism containing not more than 200 mg of explosive substance (Division 1.4S);
    • The explosive must be packaged or designed in a way that presents no significant hazard
  • a cylinder of non-flammable, non-toxic compressed gas (Division 2.2)
    • The cylinder must remain installed in the backpack at all times.
The accepted backpack must be packed in such a manner that it cannot be accidentally activated. The airbag within the backpack must be fitted with pressure relief valves.

Replacement/spare cylinders for rescue backpacks

Replacement/spare cylinders are accepted in checked baggage only, and provided they are empty.

Avalanche transceivers

Avalanche transceivers are accepted in both carry-on and checked baggage provided the batteries are removed from the unit and stored separately. See "Batteries" in the "Common items" section above.

Compressed gas, cylinders Details

*** see also Oxygen in Common items section ***

Accepted:

Scuba tanks can be accepted as checked baggage provided the customer demonstrates that the cylinder is empty.

Paintball cylinders can be accepted as checked baggage provided the customer demonstrates that the regulator/valve has been removed from the cylinder.

CO2 cylinders and other pneumatic devices used in the operation of mechanical limbs are accepted in both carry-on and checked baggage.

Prohibited:

The following items are prohibited for transport aboard our aircraft:

  • Camping stove gas cartridges such as butane\propane mix or propane. See ‘Camping’ section above.
  • Propane cylinders
  • Carbon dioxide or nitrogen cylinders (pressurized)
  • Fire extinguishers

Portable oxygen cylinders (other than those supplied to a customer for use on board the aircraft by Air Canada).

Corrosive and oxidizing materials Details

Corrosive materials:

Acids, alkalis, rust-preventing or removing compounds, sulphurdioxide solution, chemical kits and mercury are not accepted ineither carry-on or checked baggage.

Oxidizing materials:

Bleach, bleaching powder and peroxides are not accepted in either carry-on or checked baggage.

Defence/incapacitating sprays Details

Bear spray, mace and pepper spray are not accepted in either carry-on or checked baggage.

Insect repellents (aerosol and non-aerosol) are:

  • accepted provided they are non toxic and non flammable;
  • accepted in carry-on baggage provided the canister contains no more than 100ml (3.4oz);
  • accepted in checked baggage provided the release valve is protected by a cap or other suitable meansto prevent inadvertent release of the contents.
Explosives and flammable liquids and solids Details

Explosives:

Any explosive device is strictly prohibited in carry-on or checked baggage.
Explosives include: dynamite, plastic explosives, fireworks, signal flares, sparklers, blasting caps and bearbangers.

Flammable liquids and solids:

Flammable liquids are not accepted in either carry-on or checked baggage. These include but are not limited to: gasoline, petroleum spirits, oil-based paint, lacquer, stains, shellac, oils, wood alcohol, lighter or heating fuels.

Flammable solids are not accepted in either carry-on or checked baggage. These include but are not limited to: matches, charcoal briquettes, and any other ignitable article.

Exceptions:
  • Only one of the following items, intended for individual use, is permitted when it is carried on one’s person (e.g. in pocket or purse):
    • One (1) Bic-type butane lighter, OR
    • One (1) USB lighter, OR
    • One (1) book of matches
    See ‘Curling irons and lighters’ section above.
  • Papier maché statues/piñatas are accepted in carry-on baggage provided they are transported in a sealed plastic bag. However, the items will be refused if it is determined that they smell of fuel.
Firearms and ammunition Details

Passengers travelling with a firearm, ammunition or cartridges must declare the items during the check-in process and complete a declaration form.

Firearms:

The firearm and the ammunition must not be packed in the same container. One declaration form must be completed for each container.

  • Accepted firearms: Only hunting rifles, shotguns, BB guns, paintball guns, biathlon rifles, air pistols and certain handguns are accepted as checked baggage.
  • Restricted firearms: Visit the Canadian Firearms Program and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) websites for essential information on government documentation required for transporting restricted firearms (e.g. handguns).
  • All firearms:
    • must be unloaded: when checking in a firearm, customers must sign a declaration form attesting that the firearm is not loaded.
    • must be rendered inoperable by means of a secure locking device mechanism (i.e. a trigger lock), but only after the check-in process has been completed ;
    • must be packaged and locked in a specially designed, non-transparent case that cannot be easily broken into during transport.
  • Travel outside Canada: It is your sole responsibility to ensure that you are in compliance with the firearm and ammunition regulations of each country on your itinerary.
    • Non compliance can result in the seizure of your firearm.
  • Only passengers age 18 and over may carry a firearm in checked baggage.
  • Passengers wishing to travel with a firearm in their checked baggage are advised to be at the airport a full 30 minutes before the normal recommended check-in time for their flight.
View detailed packing instructions as well as important information on other restrictions and charges as they apply to firearms on the hunting equipment page.

Ammunition:

The firearm and the ammunition must not be packed in the same container.

  • Only shells and cartridges are accepted and must be carried in checked baggage. Gunpowder and gunpowder pellets are strictly prohibited.
  • Ammunition must be packed in a separate, secure and strong container made of plastic, wood or metal. The original fibreboard carton can also be used but it is recommended that the carton be placed in a secondary package such as a resealable plastic container. To avoid shock movement, the properly packaged ammunition must then be placed inside a suitcase and cushioned with clothing.

Ammunition allowance is limited to 5 kg (11 lb) per passenger. Allowances for more than one passenger cannot be combined into one or more packages.

Fuel-powered equipment Details

Accepted:

Devices whose fuel tank is permanently attached to the device (e.g. lawn mowers, grass trimmers) will be accepted as checked baggage:

  • Only if they are new and in the original unopened packaging.
  • Only on Air Canada and Air Canada Express flights.

See the ‘Camping equipment’ section above for specific rules regarding camping stoves.

Prohibited:

Regardless of whether they are in their original packaging or not, items powered by a fuel-powered engine will not be accepted as checked baggage:

  • If your itinerary includes a codeshare or interline flight with another carrier;
  • If you’re travelling to, from or via the U.S.
  • If you’re travelling from or via a European Union country.
    • Switzerland adheres to European Union prohibited items regulations. Items powered by a fuel-operated engine are not accepted for travel from or via that country.

Any fuel-powered device that has been previously used will not be accepted as checked baggage:

  • Fuel containers/tanks that have contained fuel (e.g. jerrican) and fuel-powered devices that have already been used contain residual amounts of fuel even after the fuel tank has been emptied.

Fuel-powered devices that are not accepted as checked baggage may be shipped via Air Canada Cargo.

Paint Details

Accepted:

Tubes of oil-based and latex paint used by artists are accepted provided the material is packaged in absorbent material and placedin a heavy, plastic leak-proof bag/container.

Prohibited:

Oil-based paint, latex paint, lacquer, stains, shellac, and oils are not accepted in carry-on or checked baggage. Please contact your local Air Canada Cargo office for shipment of these items.

Poisons/Toxins Details

Arsenic, cyanide, insecticides, pesticides/weed killer and other types of poisonous or toxic substances are not accepted in either carry-on or checked baggage.

Radioactive materials Details

Radioactive materials - including medicinal or commercial isotopes - and devices that use radioactive materials are not accepted in either carry-on or checked baggage. All such materials must be shipped via Air Canada Cargo.

Security attaché cases Details

Security attaché cases and cash boxes or bags which incorporate lithium batteries and/or pyrotechnic materials are not accepted in either carry-on or checked baggage.

Flights with another airline

Passengers whose itinerary includes a codeshare flightor a flight with another airline must familiarize themselves withthe operating carrier's terms and conditions, including those regardingdangerous goods. View a list of Air Canada’s codeshare partners,and links to their respective websites.

Other countries

Canada's policy on restricted and prohibited items may vary from that of other countries. Travellers are urged to check with their local airport operator before travelling.

Travel to, from or via the U.S. or the U.K.:

For restrictions that apply to travellers departing from the United States or the United Kingdom, visit:

Travel to European Union countries:

Passengers travelling to European Union (EU) countries are asked to take note of stringent regulations that apply to the importationof restricted products such as meat and milk products for personal consumption.