What to Take Note of When Packing

Dangerous goods are articles or substances which are capable of posing a risk to health, safety, property or the environment when transported by air. Unknown to passengers, many household items and consumer products (eg. powerbanks and lithium batteries) are classified as dangerous goods. When such items are carried by passengers on board an aircraft in their checked or carry-on baggage, they can become a threat to the safety of passengers and crew. 

The air carriage of some items may also require special approval e.g. arms and ammunition.

For safety and security reasons, it is therefore important to note the restrictions on the carriage of items by air. Watch this video to find out the key things to note when packing it right.

Click on the relevant categories below for more information:

Prohibited Items – Items not allowed on an aircraft

Prohibited items include:

  • Explosive or flammable items
  • Corrosive substances
  • Toxic and infectious substances
  • Radioactive material
  • Disabling devices containing an irritant or incapacitating substance
  • Security-type attaché cases, cash boxes and cash bags incorporating dangerous goods such as lithium batteries, and/or pyrotechnic materials
  • Weapons in general

Important to Know: As arms and ammunition are controlled items under the Singapore law, approval from the Singapore Police Force - Airport Police Division is required for the air carriage of such items. Prior arrangements should be made with your airline to facilitate the carriage of these items.


Checked Baggage - Items that must be checked in

Items Important to know

Sharp objects, bulky items, certain types of sporting equipment

E.g. knives, jack knives, scissors, wine openers, nail clippers, letter openers, multi-tools (including credit-card sized ones), hockey sticks, baseball bats, billiard cues.

Liquids, aerosols and gels in containers of 100ml / 100g or more, even if the containers are partially filled.

E.g. drinks, creams, balms, lotions, pressurised foams and sprays, canned food with liquid content, peanut butter, honey, soups and sauces, perfumes and deodorants.

Note: For more detailed restrictions on aerosols, please refer to the section on Aerosol Products.

Ammunition*

  • Only securely packaged cartridges classified under UN Division 1.4S (UN0012 or UN0014 only) are permitted for carriage.
  • Not more than 5kg gross weight of ammunition per passenger is allowed.
  • Allowances for more than one passenger must not be combined into one or more packages.

Note: Arms and ammunition are controlled items under Singapore law. The air carriage of such items will require approval from the Singapore Police Force - Airport Police Division, and prior arrangements should be made with your airline to facilitate the carriage of these items.

Wheelchairs powered by non-spillable wet batteries or other batteries* such as alkali-manganese, zinc-carbon, nickel-cadmium or nickel-metal hydride batteries

  • Batteries must be securely attached to wheelchair.
  • Batteries must be protected from accidental activation and short circuit by disconnecting the battery from the wheelchair and insulating the exposed terminals using insulating tape, plastic/rubber caps; or by enclosing the batteries within battery containers or other means.
  • Electrical circuits must be isolated.
  • Where the wheelchair is specifically designed to allow its batteries to be removed by the user (e.g. collapsible), the following steps are to be taken:
    1. batteries must be removed;                                        
    2. the mobility aid may then be carried as checked baggage without restriction;
    3. removed batteries must be carried in strong, rigid packaging; and
    4. batteries must be protected from short circuit by insulating exposed terminals using insulating tape, plastic/rubber caps or other means.
  • Recommendation: For the use and carriage of mobility aids by passengers, please make advance arrangements with your airline prior to arriving at the airport.

Wheelchairs powered by spillable batteries*

  • Batteries must be securely attached to wheelchair.
  • Batteries must be protected from accidental activation and short circuit by disconnecting the battery from the wheelchair and insulating the exposed terminals using insulating tape, plastic/rubber caps; or by enclosing the batteries within battery containers or other means.
  • Electrical circuits must be isolated.
  • If the airline is unable to load the wheelchair into the aircraft in an upright position, the batteries must be removed and packed separately from the wheelchair.
  • Contact the airline for further information on how the batteries may be packed.
  • Recommendation: For the use and carriage of mobility aids by passengers, please make advance arrangements with your airline prior to arriving at the airport.

Wheelchairs powered by lithium ion batteries*

  • Batteries must be securely attached to wheelchair.
  • Batteries must be protected from accidental activation and short circuit by disconnecting the battery from the wheelchair and insulating of exposed terminals using insulating tape, plastic/rubber caps; or by enclosing the batteries within battery containers or other means.
  • Electrical circuits must be isolated.
  • Where the wheelchair is specifically designed to allow its batteries to be removed by the user (e.g. collapsible):
    1. batteries must be removed and carried in the passenger cabin;
    2. battery terminals must be protected from short circuit (by insulating the terminals e.g. by taping over exposed terminals);
    3. battery must be protected from damage (e.g. by placing each battery in a protective pouch);
    4. please follow the instructions of the manufacturer or device owner when removing the battery from the wheelchair;
    5. the battery must not exceed 300 Wh (or for a device that is fitted with two batteries required for operation, each battery must not exceed 160 Wh); and
    6. a maximum of one spare battery not exceeding 300 Wh or two spares not exceeding 160 Wh each may be carried.
  • Recommendation: For the use and carriage of mobility aids by passengers, please make advance arrangements with your airline prior to arriving at the airport.

Small medical or clinical thermometer containing mercury

  • No more than one thermometer containing mercury per passenger for personal use.
  • Thermometer must be placed in a protective casing.

These items will require the airline’s approval prior to their preparation for carriage on board the aircraft. The conditions for the carriage of such items/or articles may vary between airlines. You are encouraged to make advance arrangements with the airline prior to arriving at the airport.

Hand-carry Baggage - Items that must be hand-carried on board

Items Important to know

Spare lithium batteries that fall within the following limits: 

  1. lithium metal batteries: lithium content of not more than 2 grams; or 
  2. lithium ion batteries: a watt-hour rating of not more than 100Wh1

Note: Articles containing lithium metal or lithium ion cells or batteries whose primary purpose is to serve as a power source for other devices are also regarded as spare batteries (e.g. powerbanks, portable battery chargers).

  • These batteries may be used in:

    • portable medical electronic devices (e.g. automated external defibrillators (AED), nebulisers, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices).
    • portable electronic devices (e.g. laptops, cameras, mobile phones, tablets).
    • other medical devices (e.g. portable oxygen concentrators).
  • These batteries may be carried by passengers or crew for medical use or personal use.
  • Spare batteries must be individually protected to prevent short circuits (by placing it in original retail packaging or by insulating exposed terminals e.g. by taping over exposed terminals or placing each battery in a separate plastic bag or protective pouch).

Spare lithium batteries* that fall within the following limits: 

  1. lithium metal batteries: lithium content of more than 2 grams but not exceeding 8 grams; or 
  2. lithium ion batteries: a watt-hour rating of more than 100Wh but not exceeding 160Wh;

Note: Articles containing lithium metal or lithium ion cells or batteries whose primary purpose is to serve as a power source for other devices are also regarded as spare batteries  (e.g. powerbanks, portable battery chargers).

  • These batteries may be used in:
    • portable medical electronic devices (e.g. automated external defibrillators (AED), nebulisers, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices).
    • portable electronic devices (e.g. laptops, cameras, mobile phones, tablets).
    • other medical devices (e.g. portable oxygen concentrators).
  • These batteries may be carried by passengers or crew for medical or personal use.
  • Spare batteries must be individually protected to prevent short circuits (by placing it in original retail packaging or by insulating terminals, e.g. by taping over exposed terminals or placing each battery in a separate plastic bag or protective pouch).
  • Not more than two individually protected spare batteries are allowed per passenger.
  • Recommendation: For the carriage of such batteries, please make advance arrangements with your airline prior to arriving at the airport.

Note: Lithium metal batteries with a lithium content exceeding 8 grams or lithium ion batteries with a Watt-hour rating exceeding 160Wh are not permitted to be carried by passengers.

Personal transportation devices powered by lithium ion batteries not exceeding 160Wh

 

  • E.g. hover boards, self-balancing single or multi-wheels mini segways.
  • These may be carried by passengers for personal use.
  • Measures must be taken to prevent unintentional activation of device.

Note: Many airlines do not permit the carriage of such devices by passengers. Please consult your airline prior arriving at the airport.

Electronic cigarettes, including e-cigars, e-pipes and other vaporizers containing lithium batteries, that fall within the following limits:

  1. lithium metal batteries: lithium content of not more than 2 grams; or
  2. lithium ion batteries: a watt-hour rating of not more than 100 Wh

  • Recharging of these devices and/or batteries on board the aircraft is not permitted.
  • Measures must be taken to prevent accidental activation of the device.
  • Spare batteries must be individually protected to prevent short circuits (by placing them in original retail packaging or by insulating their terminals, e.g. by taping over exposed terminals or placing each battery in a separate plastic bag or protective pouch). For more information on the carriage of spare lithium batteries in hand-carry baggage, please refer to the section on Spare Lithium Batteries.

Note: Singapore prohibits the importation, distribution, sale or offer for sale of e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes may only be carried by passengers transiting through Singapore. In addition, smoking on board an aircraft including the use of e-cigarettes is prohibited when such notices are displayed on board the aircraft.



1To determine the watt-hour of a battery, multiply its voltage by its ampere-hour
These items will require the airline’s approval prior to their preparation for carriage on board the aircraft. The conditions for the carriage of such items/or articles may vary between airlines. You are encouraged to make advance arrangements with the airline prior to arriving at the airport.

Items permitted to be carried on the person only

Items Important to know

Radioisotopic cardiac pacemakers or other medical devices, including those powered by lithium batteries

  • These medical devices must be implanted into a person or fitted externally as a result of medical treatment.

Small cigarette lighter

  • No more than one lighter is permitted per person for personal use.

Note: Lighter fuel and lighter refills are not permitted to be carried by passengers.

Small packet of safety matches

  • No more than one packet is permitted per person for personal use.

Note: “Strike anywhere” matches are not permitted to be carried by passengers.


Items permitted in both hand-carry and checked baggage

Items Important to know

Small oxygen or air cylinders*

  • These may be carried by passengers for medical use or medically trained persons.
  • Each cylinder should be below 5kg in gross weight.
  • Cylinders, valves and regulators, where fitted, must be protected from damage which could cause inadvertent release of the contents.
  • Recommendation: Please make advance arrangements with the airlines prior to arriving at the airport.
Note: Liquefied Oxygen is not permitted to be carried by passengers.            

Dry Ice*

  • Not more than 2.5kg of dry ice is permitted per person, for the purpose of packing non-dangerous perishable goods.
  • The package must permit the release of carbon dioxide gas.

Devices containing lithium batteries that fall within the following limits: 

  1. lithium metal batteries: lithium content of not more than 2 grams; or 
  2. lithium ion batteries: a watt-hour rating of not more than 100 Wh
  • Examples:
    • Portable medical electronic devices (e.g. automated external defibrillators (AED), nebulisers, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices).
    • Portable electronic devices (e.g. laptops, cameras, mobile phones, tablets, drones).
    • Other medical devices (e.g. portable oxygen concentrators).
  • These may be carried by passengers or cabin crew for medical or personal use.
  • Devices in checked baggage must be completely switched off (not in sleep or hibernation mode), protected from damage and prevented from unintentional activation.

Note: Standalone lithium batteries or lithium batteries that are removed from a device are considered spare lithium batteries and must be carried in hand-carry baggage. For restrictions on the carriage of spare lithium batteries in hand-carry baggage, please refer to the section on Spare Lithium Batteries.

Devices containing lithium batteries* that fall within the following limits: 

  1. lithium metal batteries: lithium content of more than 2 grams, but not exceeding 8 grams; or
  2. lithium ion batteries: a watt-hour rating of more than 100 Wh but not exceeding 160Wh;

  • Examples:
    • Portable medical electronic devices (e.g. automated external defibrilators (AED), nebuliser, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)).
    • Portable electronic devices (e.g. laptops, cameras, mobile phones, tablets, drones).
    • Other medical devices (e.g. portable oxygen concentrators).
  • These may be carried by passengers or crew for medical or personal use
  •  
  • Devices in checked baggage must be completely switched off (not in sleep or hibernation mode), protected from damage and prevented from unintentional activation.
  • Recommendation: For the carriage of such devices, please make advance arrangements with your airline prior to arriving at the airport.

Notes:

  1. Devices containing lithium metal batteries with a lithium content exceeding 8 grams or lithium ion batteries with a Watt-hour rating exceeding 160Wh are not permitted to be carried by passengers.
  2. Standalone lithium batteries or lithium batteries that are removed from a device are considered spare lithium batteries and must be carried in hand-carry baggage. For restrictions on the carriage of spare lithium batteries in hand-carry baggage, please refer to the section on Spare Lithium Batteries.

Portable electronic equipment containing non-spillable batteries other than lithium batteries (e.g. alkali-manganese, zinc-carbon, nickel-cadmium or nickel-metal hydride batteries)

  • The battery must not have a voltage greater than 12 volts and a watt-hour rating not exceeding 100Wh.
  • The equipment must be protected from inadvertent activation, or have the battery disconnected and exposed terminals insulated (e.g. by taping over exposed terminals).

Spare batteries (for portable electronic equipment) that are non-spillable batteries other than lithium batteries (e.g. alkali-manganese, zinc-carbon, nickel-cadmium or nickel-metal hydride batteries)

  • Battery must not have a voltage greater than 12 volts and a watt-hour rating not exceeding 100Wh.
  • Battery must be protected from short circuit by the insulation of exposed terminals (e.g. by taping over exposed terminals).
  • Not more than two individually protected spare batteries are allowed per passenger.

Aerosol products

 

  • Examples:
    • Toiletries include aerosol products (e.g. hair sprays, perfumes and colognes).
    • Non-radioactive medicinal items in aerosol form.
    • Other aerosol products for sporting or home use.
  • Not more than 0.5kg or 0.5L in net quantity per article is allowed.
  • Not more than 2kg or 2L in total net quantity of all articles (e.g. 4 aerosol cans of 500ml each) is allowed per person.
  • Release valves on aerosols must be protected by a cap or other suitable means to prevent unintentional release of the contents.

Note: Liquids, aerosols and gels of more than 100ml must be carried in checked baggage only.

Luggage equipped with lithium batteries exceeding 0.3 grams of lithium content for lithium metal batteries or a 2.7 watt-hour rating for lithium ion batteries (e.g.: Smart Luggage)

  • As hand-carry baggage:
    • Must adhere to size and weight limitations and any restrictions (such as ensuring the transmitting functions are disabled at all times during flight) that may be imposed by airlines.
  • As  checked baggage:
    • The lithium battery(s) must be removed from the luggage and carried in hand-carry baggage. The removed battery(s) must be individually protected to prevent short circuits (by placing them in original retail packaging or by insulating their terminals, e.g. by taping over exposed terminals or placing each battery in a separate plastic bag or protective pouch). For more information on the carriage of lithium batteries in hand-carry baggage, please refer to the section on Spare Lithium Batteries.

Notes:

  • For luggage equipped with lithium batteries that function as personal transportation devices, please refer to the section on Personal Transportation Devices.
  • Several airlines have imposed more stringent requirements on the carriage of luggage equipped with lithium batteries. Please consult your airline before your flight.

These items will require the airline’s approval prior to their preparation for carriage on board the aircraft. The conditions for the carriage of such items/or articles may vary between airlines. You are encouraged to make advance arrangements with the airline prior to arriving at the airport.



Last Updated on 23 July 2018