Prohibited Items

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To ensure your safety and that of others, there are certain restrictions to the items which you may carry on board the aircraft, both in your checked and cabin baggage. The information below is intended as a guide only. Should you have any queries about what you are allowed to carry, please contact Gulf Air for clarification.

Totally forbidden items include:

  • Disabling devices containing mace, pepper spray etc. containing an irritant or incapacitating substance;
  • Electro shock weapons containing explosives, compressed gases, lithium batteries etc.
  • Self-balancing scooters with lithium batteries;
  • Security-type attaché cases or briefcases incorporating dangerous goods such as lithium batteries and/or pyrotechnic materials;
  • Explosives, fireworks, flares, ‘strike anywhere’ matches;
  • Compressed gases;
  • Corrosives;
  • Flammable liquids;
  • Radioactive material;
  • Poisons and infectious substances;
  • Petrol-operated tools or equipment.

Prohibited items in checked baggage:

The following items may not be carried in your checked baggage, but may be taken in the cabin either in your hand baggage or on your person:

  • Spare lithium batteries for portable electronic devices (maximum of two);
  • Safety matches, cigarette lighters (one, small, carried on person);
  • Electronic (e-) cigarettes (note that these are not permitted to be used on board)
  • Mercury thermometers;
  • Mobility aids with lithium ion batteries;

Items Removed by Security

These are items which have been removed from a person by Airport Authorities or Gulf Air personnel due to the fact that they may present a risk to either the safety or the security of an aircraft.
Items listed in the ‘Accepted Dangerous Goods Table’ are not included in this description.
Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Toy or replica firearms
  • Knives; kitchen or flick
  • Offensive chains
  • Workman’s tools such as hammers, spanners, wrenches

These may only be carried in a customer’s checked baggage, but may be refused by Airport Security staff.


A Khanjar is a valuable ceremonial dagger, usually made of precious metal, which is often considered an integral part of some Arabic nations’ national dress.

They may only be carried in a customer’s checked baggage, but may be refused by Airport Security staff

Carriage of Lithium Batteries

Due to their nature, the carriage of Lithium batteries as separate entities is restricted. Please note the following, taken from Table 2.3.A of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations Manual.

‘Lithium ion batteries with a Watt-hour rating exceeding 100Wh but not exceeding 160Wh for portable electronic devices. No more than two (2) spare batteries may be carried in carry-on baggage only. These batteries must be individually protected to prevent short circuits. Equipment containing such batteries may be in checked or carry-on baggage.’

Carriage of Electronic Cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are not permitted to be carried in a customer’s checked baggage; they may only be carried in carry-on baggage or on the person but are not permitted to be used on board the aircraft.

Liquids, Aerosols and Gels (LAGS)

To protect our customers from the threat of liquid explosives, there are restrictions on the carriage of liquids, aerosols and gels on flights which limit the quantity of any liquids, aerosols or gels that are taken into the cabin of the aircraft by customers and crew. They do not apply to checked baggage. Certain medicines and baby products that are required during the flight may be exempt.
The general regulations for LAGs are that customers will only be permitted to carry liquids, aerosols and gels in containers with a maximum capacity of 100ml. These containers must be packed in one transparent, re-sealable plastic bag of not more than 1 litre in capacity (approximately 20cm x 20cm). Only one re-sealable plastic bag will be permitted per customer. The plastic bag containing the liquids, aerosols and gels must be presented separately at the security screening point for x-ray.

Wheelchairs & Mobility Aids with Dry Cell Batteries.

Wheelchairs or other battery powered mobility aids with dry cell batteries can be carried as checked baggage, provided that the battery is disconnected, the battery terminals insulated against short circuits and the battery is securely attached to the wheelchair or mobility aid.

Wheelchairs & Mobility Aids with Wet Cell Batteries.

Wheelchairs or other battery powered mobility aids with wet cell batteries may only be transported as Dangerous Goods through the cargo department.