May 10, 2022

Travel Smart: What Not to Bring on Board

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  • Flying anytime soon? Check out the revised list of prohibited items to be brought in the aircraft, as issued by the Office for Transportation Security under the Department of Transportation and Communications:


    NAIA is the main international airport for travelers to the Philippines.

    1. Guns, Firearms, and Other Devices that Discharge Projectiles

    All forms of firearms and guns, including imitations and replicas, are not allowed in carry-on or checked-in baggage. On the other hand, projectile-capable devices like slingshots, bow and arrow, and crossbow may be brought and checked-in.

    2. Stunning Devices

    Also not allowed in cabin are stun guns, acid sprays, animal repellant sprays, and pepper sprays, but you can place them in your checked-in baggage. Tear gas is not allowed in the aircraft at all cost.


    3. Objects with Sharp Points and Edges

    Tools with pointed edges and ends including common objects like letter openers, razor blades, nail cutters with knife, and scissors are banned in carry-on luggage. Leave them in your checked-in baggage; however, wrap them securely to prevent any untoward incidents in baggage handling.

    4. Workers’ Tools

    If you need to bring tools like hammers, wrenches, crowbars, wires, and saws, as well as extension cords and heavy-duty adhesive tapes, have them checked in and do not hand-carry them.

    5. Blunt Instruments

    Allowed as carry-on are crutches or walking sticks if visibly needed by the person using it, but the items will be physically inspected. Otherwise, just include them in your checked-in baggage. Common offenders include umbrellas, metal chains, fishing rods, camera tripod, and sports equipment like rackets and paddles.

    6. Explosives and Incendiary Substances and Devices

    No form of explosive or inflammable objects is allowed in the cabin or in checked-in baggage. Yes, including lighters and matches.

    7. Liquids, Aerosols, and Gels (LAGs)

    The rules for LAGs are quite straightforward: they should be in individual containers not exceeding 100mL, and all LAGs should be placed in a transparent, resealable plastic bag with a capacity not exceeding 1 liter. Exceptions can be made for essential medicine as long as they are declared with the Security Officer.

    You may download the full memo here for your reference. Safe travels!

    Article by Mina Loyola

    Photo from Wikimedia Commons

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