List of banned items on planes revised

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THE Office of Transportation Security (OTS) of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has revised its policy guidelines on prohibited items on domestic and international flights, citing evolving levels of threats against transportation security.

And applies to flights originating from the Philippines to promote civil aviation security objectives.

Prohibited items were divided into seven categories under Memorandum Order No. 2 or the Revised Prohibited Items List, issued by OTS Administrator Roland Recomono.

• Guns, firearms and devices discharging projectiles


• Stun devices

• Objects with sharp points and edges

• Workers’ tools

• Blunt instruments

• Explosives and incendiary substances and devices

• Liquids, aerosols and gels or LAGs

All types of guns will not be allowed onboard, unless authorized by law. All forms of firearms and guns must be endorsed to the appropriate Law Enforcement Officer, pursuant to Presidential Decree No. 1866.

Projectile-capable devices like slingshots, bows and arrows, and crossbows cannot be carried onboard flights, but will be allowed as checked-in baggage.

Definitely prohibited are explosives and incendiary substances and devices such as blasting caps, detonators and fuses, grenades, dynamite, flares, plastic explosives, pyrotechnics including fireworks, mines and other explosive military stores, replicas of explosive devices, fuel such as gasoline, kerosene, petrol including cooking fuel and flammable liquid fuel and lighter fluid or refills, matches, and disposable and disguised lighters.

Objects with sharp points cannot be registered as carry-on baggage but may be checked, including axes and hatchets, bayonets, bolos, box cutters, balisongs, canned goods with easy-open lids, cleavers, cockfighting blades (tare), cork screws, disguised objects with sharp edges, diving knives, ice axes and picks, letter openers, scalpels, nippers, nail cutters with knives, pushers and nail files, razor blades, pocket comb weapons and folded knives, scissors, sabers, swords and knives.

Of the stunning devices, tear gas is banned but acid sprays, insect or animal repellants, mace or pepper spray, and all kinds of stun guns can be checked-in.

Workers’ tools such as crowbars, drills and drill bits, extension cords, G.I. wire, hammers, nails, pliers, metal tape measures, saws, screwdrivers, all kinds of adhesive tape, and wrenches cannot be carried aboard but can be checked-in.

With the exception of crutches, walking sticks or walking aids, blunt instruments such as all kinds of metal chains, batons, billiard sticks, boat or kayak paddles, bowling or billiard balls, cane umbrellas, clubs, stick, bats or rods, cricket paddle, dumbbells, large fish hooks and fishing rods, whetstones, ice skates or skateboards, metal knuckles, lacrosse sticks, paintball equipment, scuba diving equipment, ski and hiking poles, tennis, badminton and tennis rackets, and large tripods are prohibited in the cabin and must be checked-in.

And lastly, liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) in individual containers with capacity not greater than 100 milliliters (ml), or the equivalent, and contained in one transparent, re-sealable plastic bag of a capacity not exceeding one liter shall be allowed in the cabin.

However, only one transparent 20cm by 20cm re-sealable plastic bag shall be allowed for each passenger.

All types of LAGs labeled flammable, corrosive and toxic, and highly combustible and self-igniting by chemical reaction will not be allowed in the cabin or the cargo hold based on Republic Act 6235.

Exempted from the restrictions are medication, baby milk and food and special dietary requirements.

However, if medically-necessary items exceed 100ml these must be revealed to OTS security personnel at for inspection.

In the case of medicine and medical equipment, OTS says that essential medicines shall be carried in containers not more than 100ml and in the prescribed transparent re-sealable plastic bag. The proof of prescription or statement that the passenger needs the medicine from a doctor or medical professional should be carried along with the medicines.

Essential medical equipment need prior approval from the airline unless it can fit in the hand luggage while over-the-counter medicines may be exempted if these do not exceed 100ml and have been tested by the passenger.

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