Baggage Restrictions

For the safety of our passengers, crew, and aircraft, the following items are either prohibited or restricted on all aircraft. Please ensure that you do not pack items specified in this list in your carry-on or checked baggage. Medically necessary needles and syringes are exempt from these prohibitions if passengers have in their possession prescription medication with a professionally printed label that identifies the medical office, pharmacy, or manufacturer of the medication.

Prohibited items

Prohibited Items
Prohibited Items

Dangerous Goods are classified as items or substances that may pose health and safety hazards to customers. The transport of these goods is regulated by Civil Aviation Regulations, and they are generally not allowed in either cabin baggage or checked baggage, with some exceptions.

The list of prohibited items are as follows:

  • Explosives, munitions, fireworks, and flares
  • Security-type cases/boxes incorporating goods such as lithium batteries or pyrotechnics
  • Compressed gases (flammable, non-flammable, or poisonous) such as butane, propane, aqualung cylinders, lighter fuels, or refills
  • Oxidizing substances such as bleaching powder and peroxides
  • Flammable liquids such as paints and adhesives
  • Flammable solids such as safety matches and articles which are easily ignited
  • Disabling devices such as mace or pepper sprays, with irritant properties
  • Poisons such as arsenic, cyanides, or insecticides
  • Radioactive materials
  • Corrosive materials such as mercury (which may be contained in thermometers or blood pressure gauges,) acids, alkalis, and wet cell batteries
  • Meals-Ready-to-Eat (MREs)
  • Any other substances which, during a flight, present a danger not covered above, such as magnetized, offensive, or irritating materials

Note: Failure to declare hazardous materials may result in civil or criminal penalties for passengers. All airlines are required to report violations to the relevant government authorities.

Restricted items

Restricted items
Restricted items

Due to international regulations, and to ensure the safety of our customers, there are a number of restrictions on items that can be carried in your cabin baggage.
Items that may cause injury or represent any other security or safety threat can only be carried as checked baggage, and are not allowed in cabin baggage. These items should be appropriately packed for carriage as checked baggage, in accordance with IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations and relevant local regulations.

Passengers are not allowed to carry the following items in their carry-on baggage for passengers’ safety and security reasons. To minimize inconvenience, you are advised to check in or put these items in your checked baggage instead:

  • Knives (including hunting knives, swords, and pocket knives)
  • Scissors and any other sharp/bladed objects (e.g. ice-pick, nail clippers) considered illegal by local law
  • Weapons such as whips, nan-chakus, baton, or stun gun
  • Toys guns/gun shaped items or look-alikes, hand-cuffs
  • Sporting equipment such as baseball/cricket bats, golf clubs, hockey sticks, billiard cues
  • Devices with spillable batteries
  • Aerosols (hair sprays, perfumes, medicines containing alcohol) not exceeding 0.5KG/L per article and 2.0KG/L in total weight
  • Baby strollers
  • Any other items which are deemed security hazards by local law
  • Any other items that resemble or have similar functions to the above items

Items not permitted in hand baggage

Category Example items
Guns, firearms and other devices that discharge projectiles, including toys, antiques and replicas. Pistols, components of firearms, compressed air and CO2 guns, pellet guns, signal flares.
Stunning devices. Stun guns, pepper spray, mace, animal repellents.
Objects with sharp points or edges. Knives, axes, ice picks, razor blades, scissors, martial art equipment.
Workers Tools Crowbars, drills, screw-drivers, saws, nail guns, blowtorches.
Blunt Instruments Baseball bats, clubs, batons, hockey sticks.
Explosives and incendiary devices (including replicas) Fireworks, ammunition, fuel.
Liquids, Aerosols, Gels (LAGs) that do not meet the authorized criteria.

Please note that these items will be retrieved at the boarding gate by the local authorities and depending on local conditions, the items may not be returned to you.

Country specific restrictions

You can find more information on the restrictions for the country you are travelling as listed below.

Note: Failure to declare hazardous materials may result in civil or criminal penalties for passengers. All airlines are required to report violations to the relevant government authorities.

1. General Restrictions for all countries

Various countries have implemented restrictions on the carriage of liquids, aerosols and gels in compliance with new guidelines set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Examples of liquids, aerosols and gels include:

  • all liquids including beverages, soups and syrups
  • gels, including hair and shower gels
  • pastes, including toothpastes
  • creams, lotions and oils
  • contents of aerosol cans, including sprays, shaving foam, deodorants
  • mascara
  • liquid-solid mixtures
  • any other item of similar consistency

Note:  The above items are some common examples and are not exhaustive.

The restrictions are as follows:

  • Liquids, gels and aerosols will only be allowed in cabin baggage if they are kept in containers with volumes of not more than 100 ml each.
  • These containers must be carried in a clear, re-sealable plastic bag. The total volume of the bag must not exceed 1 litre.
  • Each person is allowed to carry only one such plastic bag.
  • The bag must be removed from cabin baggage and presented to security personnel for visual examination.

Medications and special dietary requirements, including baby formula:

  • Are permitted in cabin baggage
  • Must be removed from cabin baggage and declared to security personnel at the checkpoint. These items may be subjected to security checks.
  • Customers with prescription medicine are advised to bring along supporting documentation (e.g. ID cards, letters from doctors) as verification.

Some countries have imposed these restrictions on both arrival and departure flights. This may affect your ability to carry duty-free purchases onboard the aircraft. Customers are advised to check with duty free personnel before making their purchases.

Any excessive LAG items detected at the security screening points at the boarding gates will not be accepted for check-in in the cargo holds.

2. Flight from Uganda

Regulations on cabin baggage will affect customers with international connections out of South Africa. You are advised to pack your cabin baggage accordingly so as to avoid unnecessary inconvenience.

Specific regulations:

  • Liquids, aerosols and gels will only be allowed in cabin baggage if they are kept in containers with volumes of not more than 100 ml each.
  • These containers must be carried in a clear, re-sealable plastic bag. The total volume of the bag must not exceed 1 litre.
  • Each person is allowed to carry only one such plastic bag.
  • The bag must be removed from cabin baggage and presented to security personnel for x-ray screening

Any item that does not fit into a transparent re-sealable plastic bag with a capacity exceeding 1 litre will not be permitted beyond the security screening point.

Medications and special dietary requirements, including baby formula:

  • Are permitted in cabin baggage
  • May be subjected to additional security checks
  • Customers with prescription medicine are advised to bring along supporting documentation (e.g. ID cards, letters from doctors)

Duty-free purchases:

  • Only duty-free liquid, aerosol and gel items purchased on the day of your flight will be allowed onboard.
  • These items must be bought after the boarding card checkpoint at a South Africa airport, or onboard any airline.
  • These items must be packed in a sealed, clear, plastic bag, which contains a receipt as proof of purchase.
  • The bag must not be opened until you reach your final destination.
3. Flight from Kenya

Regulations on cabin baggage will affect customers with international connections out of South Africa. You are advised to pack your cabin baggage accordingly so as to avoid unnecessary inconvenience.

Specific regulations:

  • Liquids, aerosols and gels will only be allowed in cabin baggage if they are kept in containers with volumes of not more than 100 ml each.
  • These containers must be carried in a clear, re-sealable plastic bag. The total volume of the bag must not exceed 1 litre.
  • Each person is allowed to carry only one such plastic bag.
  • The bag must be removed from cabin baggage and presented to security personnel for x-ray screening

Any item that does not fit into a transparent re-sealable plastic bag with a capacity exceeding 1 litre will not be permitted beyond the security screening point.

Medications and special dietary requirements, including baby formula:

  • Are permitted in cabin baggage
  • May be subjected to additional security checks
  • Customers with prescription medicine are advised to bring along supporting documentation (e.g. ID cards, letters from doctors)

Duty-free purchases:

  • Only duty-free liquid, aerosol and gel items purchased on the day of your flight will be allowed onboard.
  • These items must be bought after the boarding card checkpoint at a South Africa airport, or onboard any airline.
  • These items must be packed in a sealed, clear, plastic bag, which contains a receipt as proof of purchase.
  • The bag must not be opened until you reach your final destination.
4. Flights to and from South Sudan

Regulations on cabin baggage will affect customers with international connections out of South Africa. You are advised to pack your cabin baggage accordingly so as to avoid unnecessary inconvenience.

Specific regulations:

  • Liquids, aerosols and gels will only be allowed in cabin baggage if they are kept in containers with volumes of not more than 100 ml each.
  • These containers must be carried in a clear, re-sealable plastic bag. The total volume of the bag must not exceed 1 litre.
  • Each person is allowed to carry only one such plastic bag.
  • The bag must be removed from cabin baggage and presented to security personnel for x-ray screening

Any item that does not fit into a transparent re-sealable plastic bag with a capacity exceeding 1 litre will not be permitted beyond the security screening point.

Medications and special dietary requirements, including baby formula:

  • Are permitted in cabin baggage
  • May be subjected to additional security checks
  • Customers with prescription medicine are advised to bring along supporting documentation (e.g. ID cards, letters from doctors)

Duty-free purchases:

  • Only duty-free liquid, aerosol and gel items purchased on the day of your flight will be allowed onboard.
  • These items must be bought after the boarding card checkpoint at a South Africa airport, or onboard any airline.
  • These items must be packed in a sealed, clear, plastic bag, which contains a receipt as proof of purchase.
  • The bag must not be opened until you reach your final destination.