For safety and security reasons, dangerous goods such as those listed below, must not be carried in passenger's baggage (checked or unchecked):
Medicines and toiletries in limited quantities which are necessary for your journey, such as hair sprays, perfumes and medicines containing alcohol, may be carried on board. Further information is available on request.
Inflated objects, including inflated balls for sporting purposes such as basketballs, are restricted to be carried on board unless those objects have been fully deflated before boarding.
Please contact our reservations office for further information. Harpoons and spear guns are classified as arms. Examples of a restricted article would include:
The importation into Hong Kong of arms and ammunition is governed by laws, which require import licences or permits to be issued in advance by the authorities concerned.
Please click here for Security Checks Requirement.
For passengers travelling to, from or transiting in Hong Kong, please refer to CAD website & HK Police website for more information.
For latest update and further information, you can visit The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) website and Heathrow Airport (BAA) website.
Passengers are not permitted to carry the following articles into security restricted areas and on board the cabin of an aircraft. Articles prohibited in passenger’s hold baggage are additionally marked with an asterisk (*).
(a) Guns, firearms and other devices that discharge projectiles — Devices capable, or appearing capable, of being used to cause serious injury by discharging a projectile,
(b) Stunning devices — Devices designed specifically to stun or immobilise,
(c) Objects with a sharp point or sharp edge — Objects with a sharp point or sharp edge capable of being used to cause serious injury,
* carrying certain knives without a reasonable excuse may be a criminal offence. If you encounter a knife such as a butterfly, flick or lock knife of any length police assistance should be sought in line with local procedures
(d) Workmen’s tools — Tools capable of being used either to cause serious injury or to threaten the safety of aircraft,
(e) Blunt instruments — Objects capable of being used to cause serious injury when used to hit,
(f) Explosives and incendiary substances and devices — Explosives and incendiary substances and devices capable, or appearing capable, of being used to cause serious injury or to pose a threat to the safety of aircraft,
* These articles are additionally prohibited from carriage in passenger’s hold baggage.
Examples of dangerous goods prohibited in cabin baggage on safety grounds
The CAA Dangerous Goods Office have produced a guide entitled “What Can I Carry?” containing guidance and further details on the most encountered dangerous and prohibited items.
Products of animal origin may carry pathogens that can cause infectious diseases in animals. Passengers* are not allowed to bring any consignment of meat / meat products, or milk / milk products into EU, with the exception of up to 2 kilograms of powdered infant milk, infant food, or special foods/special pet feed required for medical purpose, provided that -
For fishery products (including fish and certain shellfish such as prawns, lobsters, dead mussels and dead oysters), passengers** are allowed to bring in such products up to 20 kilograms in total, or one fish that weighs 20 kilograms or over.
* Except those arriving from Croatia, the Faeroe Islands, Greenland, or Iceland with less than 10 kilograms of such products for personal consumption.
** No weight restriction for those arriving from Faeroe Islands or Iceland.
For updates and more details, please visit the European Commission Food Safety website at http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/animalproducts/personal_imports/index_en.htm
All sharp items must be placed in checked baggage. This includes knives of any sort, metal nail files, scissors, tweezers, and so on. If any of these items are found in your carry-on luggage, they will be confiscated by security, and not returned to you. Cathay Pacific Airways will not assume any responsibility for confiscated items.
For information on the carriage of needles and syringes please see Carriage of Medications/Sharps.