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What can I take?

Lighters, e-cigarettes and spare lithium batteries are prohibited in the hold: Can I bring them on board? In what quantity can I carry aerosols or gas cartridges in my checked baggage? See the non-exhaustive list of prohibited and regulated items on our aircraft below.

Lithium batteries store energy in most electrical and electronic devices we use every day: cell phones and laptops, drones, electric transportation, etc. Spare and external lithium batteries are prohibited in the hold but allowed in the cabin under certain conditions to avoid damage during air travel. Learn more WARNING Your lithium-powered electrical and electronic devices will not be allowed on our aircraft if they are damaged, defective or if the manufacturer has recalled them.

Lithium-powered electrical and electronic devices that are damaged, defective or recalled by the manufacturer are prohibited on board our aircraft, in both the cabin and the hold.

1 - Aerosol products, toiletries and medication

Nonflammable aerosol products

Nonflammable and nontoxic gases that pose no risk when used for athletic or domestic purposes. The aerosol valves must be protected by a lid.

  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: no

Toiletries and non-radioactive medication (including aerosol products)

Hair spray, deodorant, perfume, cologne, nail polish remover, nail polish… and medication that contains alcohol.

  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: no

Please note: the net total of all toiletries, non-radioactive medication and the aerosol products cited above is limited to 2 kg or 2 l per person. The net quantity of each item must not exceed 0.5 kg or 0.5 l. Important: these quantities do not take into account restrictions applied to transporting liquids in the cabin. You can purchase these items in duty-free shops after the security checkpoints. Please see Section 12 - Liquids - Alcoholic beverages, combustibles, flammable liquids - powdered substances for more information.

Flammable or toxic aerosol products

Domestic, cleaning or home improvement products… such as ink, paint, varnish and enamel of any kind (even water-based), acetone, alcohol, paint thinner, ethanol, gas, lighter fluid.

  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: no

2 - Matches, lighters and electronic cigarettes and their replacement batteries

Safety matches and classic lighters

Safety matches, classic lighters (with liquefied gas, including grill lighters or gas lighters with protective hoods).

  • In the cabin: only on your person
  • In the hold: no
  • Prior approval needed: no

Maximum 1 small box of matches or 1 lighter per person

Other matches and lighters

Strike-anywhere matches, Blue flame lighters or cigar torch lighters, lighters containing flammable, unabsorbed liquid (except liquid gas), lighter fluid, refill cartridges, lighters operating with a lithium battery (metal or ion) not protected against accidental activation.

  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: no

Electronic cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes of all types (e-cigarettes, e-cigars, e-pipes, e-hookah, personal vapers, electronic systems for administering nicotine…).

Please note: it is recommended to protect electronic cigarettes (of all types) with special cases. Using and charging electronic cigarettes are prohibited during your flight.

  • In the cabin: only on your person and completely switched off
  • In the hold: no
  • Prior approval needed: no

Replacement batteries for electronic cigarettes

Each replacement battery must be protected against short circuiting. It should be placed either in its original packaging, a plastic bag, or a protective, individual envelope. If not, the electrodes must be isolated with non-conducting tape.

  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: no
  • Prior approval needed: no

3 - Electric and electronic devices, batteries and replacement batteries

Devices placed in checked baggage must be switched off. It should be impossible to switch the device on again by accident.

Lithium devices and batteries

Lithium batteries can catch fire if they short-circuit, are damaged, poorly designed or poorly assembled. Lithium batteries and devices that are damaged, defective or recalled by the manufacturer are prohibited in all aircraft. To avoid any damage, please wrap your devices and batteries carefully with an appropriate protection before placing them in your checked baggage. If you are carrying your devices in the cabin, please take care when using them on board.

Portable electronic devices < 100 Wh

Devices containing batteries, lithium-metal batteries (not exceeding 2 g of lithium) or lithium-ion batteries (not exceeding 100 Wh) transported for personal use: watches, video recorders, cameras, mobile phones, laptops, tablets, drones…

  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval: not needed for up to 15 devices per person. Prior approval needed if this limit is exceeded*.

* Authorizations should be requested from Air France or your travel agency.

Baggage containing batteries < 100 WH

Any baggage item that comes with batteries for recharging personal portable devices or powering integrated electronic functions (weight sensors, GPS trackers, etc.). Only baggage items with removable batteries are permitted on board. For motorized baggage scooters, please refer to section 9 - Electric transport vehicles other than those meant for people with reduced mobility.

  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: yes, as long as you remove baggage item batteries and keep them in the cabin.
  • Prior approval needed: no

Replacement batteries and external battery packs < 100 WH

Lithium-metal batteries (not exceeding 2 g of lithium) or lithium-ion batteries (not exceeding 100 Wh), for portable electronic devices (watches, video recorders, cameras, mobile phones, laptops, tablets, Power Bank external chargers, drones…).

  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: no
  • Prior approval: not needed for up to 20 batteries per person. Prior approval needed if this limit is exceeded*.

* Authorizations should be requested from Air France or your travel agency.

Portable electronic devices between 100 Wh and 160 Wh

Portable electronic devices containing lithium-ion batteries (between 100 Wh and 160 Wh, such as power tools, video cameras, laptops, drones…).

  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: yes*

* Authorizations should be requested from Air France or your travel agency.

Baggage containing batteries between 100 WH AND 160 WH

Any baggage item equipped with a battery for recharging portable electronic devices or powering integrated electronic functions (weight sensors, GPS, etc.). Only baggage items with removable batteries are permitted on board. For motorized baggage scooters, please refer to section 9 - Electric transport vehicles other than those meant for people with reduced mobility.

  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: yes, as long as the battery is removed from the baggage item and kept in the cabin.
  • Prior approval needed: yes*

* Authorization must be requested from Air France or your travel agency.

Replacement batteries and external battery packs between 100 Wh and 160 Wh

Replacement lithium-ion batteries for electronic devices (between 100 Wh and 160 Wh such as video cameras, laptops, power banks, drones).

  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: no
  • Prior approval needed: yes*

Maximum 2 replacement batteries per person * Authorizations should be requested from Air France or your travel agency.

Portable electronic devices > 160 Wh and their replacement batteries and external battery packs

Lithium-metal batteries with over 2 g / 0.07 oz of lithium and lithium-ion batteries exceeding 160 Wh, in an electronic device such as a power tool, drone, car battery... (see also section 9 - Electric vehicles not intended for people with reduced mobility).

  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: no

Fuel cells

The installation of a replacement cartridge is permitted but the filling of fuel cells is prohibited. The maximum amount of fuel in a fuel cell or a fuel cell cartridge cannot exceed:

  • 200 ml for liquids,
  • 200 g for solids,
  • for liquid gas, 120 ml for fuel cells or cartridges for non-metallic fuel cells, or 200 ml for fuel cells or cartridges for metallic fuel cells,
  • for hydrogen in metallic hydrides, the cartridges for fuel cells should have a water capacity that is less than or equal to 120 ml.

Devices with fuel cells

Portable electronic devices that use fuel cells, such as cameras, mobile phones, laptops and video recorders, with the manufacturer's marking "approved for carriage in aircraft cabin only".

  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: no
  • Prior approval needed: no

Replacement cartridges

Replacement cartridges for fuel cells for portable electronic devices.

  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: no

Maximum 2 replacement cartridges per person

Other devices and batteries

Devices with non spillable batteries

Portable electronic devices that use non spillable batteries, otherwise known as "dry batteries" or "liquid gel batteries", which adhere to special provision A67 (charger or battery booster, scales…). Batteries should have a maximum voltage of 12 V and a maximum battery power of 100 Wh.

Please note: the energy value of batteries should be visible on the device or on the batteries.

  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: no

Maximum 2 replacement batteries per person

Other replacement batteries

Alkaline batteries or nickel-metal hydride batteries.

  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: no
  • Prior approval needed: no

Electric devices that produce extreme heat

High-intensity flashlights (diving lamps), soldering irons… In order to avoid any risk of fire, the battery and the heat-producing component should be separated. The battery must be protected against short-circuiting. It should be placed in its original packaging, a plastic bag or an individual protective envelope. If not, the electrodes must be isolated with adhesive tape.

  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: yes*

* Authorizations should be requested from Air France or your travel agency.

4 - Electric and electronic medical devices, batteries and replacement batteries

Devices placed in checked baggage must be switched off. It should be impossible to switch the device on again by accident. Each replacement battery must be protected against short-circuiting. It must be placed in its original packaging, a plastic bag or an individual protective envelope. If not, the electrodes must be isolated with adhesive tape.

Lithium devices and batteries

Lithium batteries can catch fire if they short-circuit, are damaged, poorly designed or poorly assembled. Lithium batteries and devices that are damaged, defective or recalled by the manufacturer are prohibited in all aircraft. To avoid any damage, please wrap your devices and batteries carefully with an appropriate protection before placing them in your checked baggage. If you are carrying your devices in the cabin, please take care when using them on board.

Portable electronic devices < 100 Wh

Portable electronic medical devices containing batteries or lithium-metal batteries (not exceeding 2 g of lithium) or lithium-ion batteries (not exceeding 100 Wh): portable oxygen concentrators, transported for medical use.

  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: no

Replacement batteries < 100 Wh

Lithium-metal replacement batteries (not exceeding 2 g of lithium) or lithium-ion batteries (not exceeding 100 Wh) for portable electronic medical devices: portable oxygen concentrators.

  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: no
  • Prior approval needed: no

Portable electronic devices between 100 Wh and 160 Wh

Portable electronic medical devices containing batteries or lithium-metal batteries (not exceeding 8 g of lithium) or lithium-ion batteries (over 100 Wh, but not exceeding 160 Wh) transported for medical use: automated external defibrillators (AED), nebulizers, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) ventilators, such as anti-sleep apnea or anti-snoring devices.

  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: yes*

* Authorizations should be requested from Air France or your travel agency.

Replacement batteries between 100 Wh and 160 Wh

Lithium-metal replacement batteries (not exceeding 8 g of lithium) or lithium-ion batteries (over 100 Wh, but not exceeding 160 Wh) for portable electronic medical devices (AED, CPAP, nebulizers…).

  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: no
  • Prior approval needed: yes*

Maximum 2 replacement batteries per person * Authorizations should be requested from Air France or your travel agency.

Portable electronic devices > 160 WH and their replacement batteries

Lithium-metal batteries containing over 8 g (0.3 oz) of lithium and lithium-ion batteries whose power exceeds 160 Wh, held in a device or its spare battery (see also section 10 - Wheelchairs and other electric vehicles for people with reduced mobility ).

  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: no

Other devices and batteries

Devices with non spillable batteries

Portable electronic devices that function with non spillable batteries, otherwise known as "dry-cell batteries" or "liquid gel batteries", which adhere to special provision A67. Batteries must have a maximum voltage of 12 V and a maximum battery power of 100 Wh.

Please note: the energy value of batteries should be visible on the device or on the batteries.

  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: no

Maximum 2 replacement batteries per person

5 - Devices and medical items other than those that use standard or rechargeable batteries

All necessary measures must be taken for the protection of devices containing gas. The unintended starting of devices equipped with gas tanks must be prevented by all possible means.

Oxygen or breathing gas

Oxygen or breathing gas tanks or devices containing such tanks, for medical use.

Please note: the use of personal oxygen or breathing gas tanks on board is prohibited.

  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: no
  • Prior approval needed: yes*

Maximum authorized gross weight by tank: 5 kg * Authorizations should be requested from Air France or your travel agency.

Liquid oxygen

Devices containing liquid oxygen tanks, for medical use.

  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: no

Radioactive medical devices or products

Pacemakers or equivalent devices with radioactive isotopes (including those using lithium batteries), implanted in the body or attached to its exterior.

  • In the cabin: only on your person
  • In the hold: no
  • Prior approval needed: no

Gas cartridges for prosthetic devices

Small, nonflammable, nontoxic gas cartridges for mechanical prosthetic devices carried by the passenger as well as replacement cartridges, of an equivalent size, in the necessary quantity for the duration of the trip.

  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: no

Mercury thermometers

Medical or clinical thermometers that contain mercury and are for personal use, when placed in their protective cases.

  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: no

Maximum 1 thermometer per person.

6 - Weapons and ammunition

Electric weapons

Electric weapons containing dangerous components such as explosives, compressed gas, lithium batteries: stun guns or batons (like Tasers)…

  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: no

Firearms and ammunition

Weapons (such as pistols, revolvers, rifles, shotguns, etc.) intended for sport or hunting are permitted as long as you are able to present the required licenses and permits, and only after having booked their transport. Ammunition (cartridges for smaller caliber weapons) should be securely packed (divisions 1.4s, UN0012 or UN0014 only), should not exceed the gross weight of 5 kg per person, and are for the use of this person, except for explosive or incendiary-filled projectiles.

  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: yes*

Multiple passengers cannot put their ammunition in a single package.

Find out more about transporting firearms and ammunition

Other ranged weapons

Ranged weapons are not included in the category of firearms.

  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: no

Weapons and sharp objects

Weapons and objects that can cause injuries.

  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: no

Blunt objects

Weapons and objects that can cause injuries.

  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: no

7 - Devices for scientific or other purposes

Air quality

Infiltration devices, used to calibrate air quality control apparatuses.

  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: no

Security cases

Security cases, boxes, purses, or bags intended for the transport of liquid silver and security equipment… containing dangerous items such as lithium batteries or pyrotechnic material.

  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: no

Mercury barometers or thermometers

Mercury barometers or thermometers transported by a representative of a government meteorology office or a similar official organization.

  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: no
  • Prior approval needed: yes*

* Authorizations should be requested from Air France or your travel agency.

8 - Explosives, fireworks and firecrackers

Pyrotechnic items

These items are prohibited.

  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: no

9 - Electric transport vehicles other than those meant for people with reduced mobility

Electric bicycles

Electric bicycles meant for leisure purposes that function with lithium batteries (no matter the battery power in Wh) or with installed batteries.

  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: no

Individual transport vehicles, for leisure purposes

Lithium battery-operated segways, hoverboards, self-balancing hoverboards, oxboards, electric skateboards, waveboards, motorized baggage (regardless of the battery power in Wh and even if the battery has been disconnected or removed).

  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: no

10 - Wheelchairs and other electric transport vehicles for people with reduced mobility

Please see the section on reduced mobility and other disabilities

11 - Liquid gas and nitrogen in devices, tanks, or cartridges

All necessary measures must be taken for the protection of devices containing gas, in order to avoid damages or the leaking of their contents. The unintended starting of devices equipped with gas tanks or cartridges placed in hand baggage or checked baggage must be prevented by any possible means.

Compressed air

Compressed air cylinders, for example those used for scuba diving, unemptied (compressed at more than 200 kPa or 2.0 bars).

  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: no

Flammable gas

Cartridges or tanks of flammable gas, new or used, pierced or not pierced, or with a closure system, used for the operation of gas camping stoves, blowtorches (kitchen or home improvement), tools, camping fuel.

  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: no

Defense equipment with gas

Defense equipment containing pepper spray, a physically irritating, disabling or incapacitating chemicals (such as mace, capsicum sprays, tear gas, acid sprays and animal repellent sprays).

  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: no

Avalanche airbags

Avalanche airbags, containing a cartridge of nonflammable and nontoxic compressed gas.

  • In the cabin: yes (see the specific regulations for the United States below)
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: yes*

Maximum 1 airbag permitted per person * Authorizations should be requested from Air France or your travel agency.

Special case of the United States

The transport of an avalanche rescue kit that contains an explosive (1.4S) in the activation mechanism is not permitted from, to, through, and in the United States.

Self-inflating safety equipment

Individual self-inflating safety equipment that uses cartridges (small) of nonflammable and nontoxic gas like carbon dioxide (CO2), or another type of gas: safety vests or rafts, protective jackets for motorcycle and horseback riding. The equipment must be packed in such a way that it cannot be accidentally activated.

  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: yes*

Maximum 1 piece of equipment with no more than 2 cartridges included and no more than 2 replacement cartridges per person * Authorizations should be requested from Air France or your travel agency.

Small gas cartridges

Different types of equipment operating with cartridges (small) of nonflammable and nontoxic gas like carbon dioxide (CO2), or another type of gas: whipped cream dispensers and soda siphons, air guns…

  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: yes*

Maximum 4 small cartridges per person * Authorizations should be requested from Air France or your travel agency.

Liquid nitrogen

Insulated packaging or cyrogenic containers containing refrigerated liquid nitrogen (like Dry Shipper) fully absorbed in porous material, only holding harmless products, having been maintained at a low temperature.

Please note: the maximum gross weight of the packaging must not exceed 10 kg.

  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: yes*

* Authorizations should be requested from Air France or your travel agency.

Hydrocarbon gas

Curling irons containing hydrocarbon gas, provided that the safety lid is solidly attached to the heating component.

Please note: that the on board use and transport of iron gas refills is prohibited.

  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: no

Maximum 1 device per person

Dry ice

Dry ice is permitted in quantities that do not exceed 2.5 kg per person when it is being used to refrigerate perishable goods that are not subject to the Regulations for Dangerous Goods for checked or hand baggage. The packaging should allow the carbon dioxide to escape, bear the label "Dry Ice" and indicate the net weight of the dry ice.

  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: yes*

* Authorizations should be requested from Air France or your travel agency.

12 - Liquids, creams, alcoholic beverages, combustibles, flammable liquids, powdered substances

Alcoholic beverages

Alcoholic beverages not exceeding an alcoholic volume of 70 %, wrapped in their retail packaging, correctly closed and not exceeding 5 liters, are permitted.

Please note: homemade alcoholic beverages are not permitted.

  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: no

Maximum 5 l per person

Household, cleaning and home improvement products

Ink, paint, varnish and enamel of any sort (even water-based) and no matter the packaging (aerosol, container, spray, cartridge, jar, tube…), acetone, alcohol, paint thinner, ethanol, gas, lighter fluid, diesel, pesticides, pool products, solvents, turpentine…

  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: no

Empty containers of flammable combustible liquid

Camping stoves and jerrycans of fuel (or any other container) that contain a combustible and flammable liquid.

  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: yes*

* Authorizations should be requested from Air France or your travel agency.

Samples of flammable liquids

Non-infectious samples wrapped with small quantities of flammable liquids.

  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: no

Liquids, pastes, gels, creams

Liquids, gels, creams and pastes in small quantities are allowed in the cabin in containers of 100 ml / 3.4 oz max each. They must be placed in one clear plastic bag with a maximum volume of 1 l / 33.8 oz. One single bag per person is permitted. Exceptions The following products, if they are necessary during your flight, are allowed without restriction:

  • infant food,
  • medication, accompanied by a prescription or a statement from your doctor,
  • food for a specific dietary regimen.
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POWDERED SUBSTANCES

Powdered substances include: flour, sugar, ground coffee, spices, powdered milk, cosmetics, sand, medication in powder form, baby food, etc.

  • In the cabin: yes (see the specific regulations for the United States below)
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: no

SPECIFIC REGULATIONS FOR THE UNITED STATES

For flights to the United States, transporting more than 350 ml / 12 oz of powdered substance in the cabin is prohibited. Powder in greater quantities must be transported in checked baggage. Exceptions: medically prescribed powders, baby food, and powders purchased duty-free, placed in a sealed security tamper-evident bag (STEB).

13 - Engines, large tools, vehicles and spare parts

Non-electric engines

Thermal engines, even new, internal combustion or fuel cells.

  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: no

Spare parts for vehicles

Spare parts, even new, for 2, 3 or 4 wheel vehicles, likely to contain dangerous chemical products: shock absorbers of all kinds, batteries of all kinds for vehicles, airbags…

  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: no

Please note: for the items cited above, Air France applies a more restrictive policy than what is anticipated by international regulations.

Electric engines

Electric engines that are mains powered.

  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: no

14 - Protected animals and plants

The illegal selling and transport of endangered animals or plants, or of products derived from these endangered species, constitutes a growing threat to biodiversity. Air France cooperates with the authorities and international NGOs, putting in place emergency measures and informing its passengers about the risks and consequences of transporting endangered species. Please do not put yourself in an illegal situation and join us by confirming the legality of the products that you're transporting, in the hold or in the cabin. Transporting endangered species found in Annexe 1 on the CITES website is prohibited.

Please confirm the legality of the products you're transporting through the CITES website

Please visit the IATA website to learn more about the fight against the trafficking of protected species (in English)

15 - Parachutes

Approved parachutes

Only parachute models equipped with a release system that has been approved by the French "Direction Générale de l'Aviation Civile" (DGAC) are authorized on Air France flights. Other models are not authorized on our aircraft.

  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: no

16 - Living organs

Living human organs

Living human organs to be used for transplants, human cells cultures, embryos. They must be transported in an insulated bag containing and ice pack.

  • In the cabin: yes
  • In the hold: yes
  • Prior approval needed: yes*

* Authorization must be requested from Air France or your travel agency.

Please note: you must provide the following documents at the airport.

  • A task order of the passenger transporting the living organs
  • A message* provided by the hospital department which has requested transport of the organ(s), excluding embryos
  • A certificate of insemination, for embryos only

* This message may be sent by fax, telex or e-mail, and must also be sent to the relevant airport authorities (police, customs, military police, etc.).

Human blood

Blood samples transported for laboratory analysis.

  • In the cabin: no
  • In the hold: no