Prohibited Items

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.

Carriage of Small Vehicles

Small lithium-powered vehicles such as hoverboards and segways are forbidden for carriage on Gulf Air as checked or hand baggage. If they are brought to the airport, please note that they shall be removed from you and Gulf Air shall not be responsible for shipping the device on your behalf. In addition, any of these items found in checked baggage after check in, shall be removed.  

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.

Carriage of Party Crackers on Gulf Air

Gulf Air prohibits the carriage of party crackers on its aircraft in both checked and hand baggage.

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.

List of prohibited items according to EU regulation

Passengers with Cabin Baggage: 
Without prejudice to applicable safety rules, passengers are not permitted to carry the following articles into security
restricted areas and on board an aircraft.
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, including:
Pistols, revolvers, rifles, shotguns, toy guns and replicas capable of being mistaken for real weapons Compressed air and CO2 guns, Pellet guns, component parts of firearms, crossbows and arrows Signal flare and starter pistols, harpoon and spear guns slingshots and catapults  
b.) Stunning devices – devices designed specifically to stun or immobilize, including:
Stun guns, stun batons, mace, tear gas, tasers  
Other disabling and incapacitating gases and sprays  
like animal repellent, capsicum and acid sprays  
Animal stunners and animal killers
c.) Objects with a sharp point or sharp edge, capable of being used to cause serious injury : 
Ice picks and axes, knives with blades of more than 6 cm   
Razor blades, Martial arts equipment, Swords and sabres, box cutters, hatchets, bolt and nail guns, Cleavers, Scissors with blades of
more than 6 cm as measured from the fulcrum,  
d.) Workmen's tools-tools capable apable of being used either to cause serious  
Injury or to threaten the safety of aircraft, including:
Crowbars, Drills and Saws including cordless portable power tools  
Blowtorches, tools with a blade or shaft of more than 6 cm  
e.) Blunt instruments - objects capable of being used to cause injury when used to hit, including:  
Baseball and softball bats, Clubs and batons, billy clubs, blackjacks, Nightsticks, Martial arts equipment  
f.) 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, including:
Ammunition, Blasting caps, detonators and fuses, replica or imitation explosive devices,  
Mines, grenades and other explosive military stores, Fireworks and other pyrotechnics  
Smoke-generating canisters and smoke-generating cartridges, Dynamite, gunpowder and plastic explosives.
Hold Baggage
Passengers are not permitted to carry the following articles in their hold baggage:
Explosives and incendiary substances and devices capable of being used to cause serious injury or to pose a threat to 
the safety of aircrafts, including:
 Ammunition, blasting caps, detonators and fuses, mines, grenades and other military explosives Fireworks and pyrotechnics smoke-generating canisters and smoke-generating cartridges Dynamite gunpowder,
and plastic explosives.

Safety Note For Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Users

In light of the recent safety concerns raised about the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices, with immediate effect, passengers must not carry these either on their person or as baggage.