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Dangerous goods - Restricted/prohibited

This is a guideline as to articles and substances that are not permitted on board Air Transat aircraft. You will also learn how to transport potentially dangerous items in a safe manner.

Dangerous goods are not permitted in checked baggage. For a complete list, please consult Transport Canada  Will open in a separate browser window.

New and used air conditioners are not permitted as checked or carry on baggage but may be accepted as Cargo. Please contact our Cargo department Will open in a separate browser window for details on acceptance.

  • Check in 3 hours prior to departure to allow sufficient time for safe handling of your equipment.
  • Wheelchairs or other battery-powered mobility aids may be carried as checked baggage when:
    • Battery is disconnected
    • Terminals are protected from short circuits
    • Battery is securely attached to the wheelchair or mobility aid
  • Wheelchairs and mobility aids powered by non spillable, dry, AGM (Absorbent Glass Mat) and Gel batteries are accepted in the cargo hold only. Please note that we do not transport wet cell, spillable or any battery that is damaged or leaking.
  • Passengers must be equipped with the necessary tools to remove and/or secure their battery.

Lithium-ion battery powered wheelchair/mobility aids must adhere to the following conditions (where battery-powered wheelchairs or other similar mobility aids are specifically designed to allow their batteries to be removed by the user, e.g. collapsible):

  • Batteries must be removed and placed in individual protective pouches for carriage into the passenger cabin. The wheelchair/mobility aid may then be carried as checked baggage without restriction.
  • Terminals must be protected from short circuits.
  • Batteries will not be accepted as CHECKED baggage.
  • The battery must be removed from the device by following the instructions of the manufacturer or the device owner.
  • The battery must not exceed 300 Wh; a maximum of one spare battery not exceeding 300 Wh or two spares each not exceeding 160 Wh may be carried.

Air Transat will not accept any Small lithium battery-powered vehicles in either checked baggage or carry-on baggage due to safety concerns associated to the lithium batteries that power them.

  • Vehicles not accepted include hoverboards, electric skateboards, airwheels, mini-Segways, balance wheels and electric bicycles.

Flammable liquids are not permitted under any circumstances.

The following camping items Will open in a separate browser window are permitted providing they are brand new, empty of any fuels and have never been used:

  • Canisters
  • Fuel cylinders
  • Stoves

Please note that bear bangers are prohibited for carriage in carry-on or checked baggage or by cargo.

If travelling with a firearm, be sure to review important information in our Firearms section below.

Lithium batteries are dangerous goods, much like gasoline, propane, and sulfuric acid. Lithium batteries are used in many electronic devices such as cameras, cell phones, laptops and tablets, electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and other personal vaporizers, drones, medical equipment and power tools.

When carried by passengers for personal use, lithium batteries must be carried in carry-on baggage only.

Portable Electronic Devices (PED) / Consumer Electronic Devices (CED) Portable Medical Electronic Devices (PMED
Battery Walt-hour (Wh) rating Position Carry-on baggage Checked baggage Number of Spares
Up to 100Wh In device Limit of 20 per passenger
101 to 160Wh Approval by Air Transat Required In device Limit of 2 individually protected per passenger
Exceeding 160Wh In device N/A
While most lithium batteries are safe, some have overheated and caught fire. These fires are difficult to put out and produce toxic and irritating fumes.

Dry cell batteries: C, D, AA, AAA, 9 VOLT, alkali-manganese (alkaline), zinc-carbon (dry cell), nickel metal hydride (NiMH), nickel cadmium (NiCd) and silver oxide batteries (Non-lithium). Such batteries are allowed in carry-on baggage only.

Batteries must be individually protected to prevent short circuits, e.g. exposed terminals can be taped over, each individual battery can be in a protective pouch or separate plastic bag, or batteries can be in their original retail packaging.

Devices containing these types of cells or spare cells are permitted in carry-on baggage only. If
the cells are removed from the device and carried on board, the device can remain in checked

Each passenger is limited to a maximum of 20 spare batteries. 

  • One gas-operated curling iron per passenger, in carry-on or checked baggage
  • Safety cover securely fitted over heating element
  • Separate gas refills for curling irons not permitted in carry-on or checked baggage

Per safety and security regulations, passengers travelling with a firearm must notify Air Transat at our airport check-in counters and complete a declaration form.

  • Accepted firearms: Only hunting rifles, shotguns, biathlon rifles, air pistols and certain handguns are accepted as checked baggage.
  • Accepted as checked baggage only; maximum weight per piece of baggage is 32 kg (70 lb).
  • If the equipment or one individual piece weighs more than 32 kg (70 lb), contact our Cargo department Will open in a separate browser window for rates and procedures.
  • Firearms must be packed in a rigid, lockable case and properly identified.
  • Maximum 5 kg (11 lb) secured, boxed cartridges for sporting purposes allowed per passenger.
  • Firearms and ammunition must be packed in separate pieces of checked baggage; they cannot be packed together.
  • Should your firearms exceed your free checked baggage allowance (quantity/size/weight), excess charges will apply.
  • You must have the required entry permits in your possession for the country of destination.

Alcoholic beverages of more than 24% alcohol by volume are classified as dangerous goods. Leakage of flammable liquids can result in a fire and/or explosion. Proper packaging is required; please contact our Cargo department for details.

The carriage of insecticides is not permitted under any circumstances in carry-on or checked baggage. However, insect repellent in cream/lotion or aerosol form is permitted in limited quantities. Consult the Transport Canada  Will open in a separate browser window website for complete details.

  • Skydiving rigs without Automatic Activation Devices are permitted as carry-on or as checked baggage.
  • Parachute-related equipment, such as gas cylinders, is prohibited from both carry-on and checked baggage.
  • Parachutes are subject to the Air Transat size, weight and piece restrictions; excess baggage charges may apply.

Cabin baggage – List of prohibited articles

Passengers are not permitted to carry the following articles into security-restricted areas and on board the aircraft (without prejudice to applicable safety rules):

  • 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:
    • Firearms of all types, such as pistols, revolvers, rifles, shotguns, toy guns, replica and imitation firearms capable of being mistaken for real weapons, component parts of firearms excluding telescopic sights, compressed air and CO2 guns, such as pistols, pellet guns, rifles and ball bearing guns, signal flare pistols and starter pistols, bows, cross bows and arrows, harpoon guns and spear guns, slingshots and catapults;
  • Stunning devices (devices designed specifically to stun or immobilize), including:
    • Devices for shocking, such as stun guns, tasers and stun batons, animal stunners and animal killers, disabling and incapacitating chemicals, gases and sprays, such as mace, pepper sprays, capsicum sprays, tear gas, acid sprays and animal repellent sprays;
  • Objects with a sharp point or sharp edge (objects with a sharp point or sharp edge capable of being used to cause serious injury), including:
    • Items designed for chopping, such as axes, hatchets and cleavers, ice axes and ice picks, razor blades, box cutters, knives with blades exceeding 6 cm, scissors with blades exceeding 6 cm as measured from the fulcrum, martial arts equipment with a sharp point or edge, swords and sabres;
  • Workmen’s tools (tools capable of being used either to cause serious injury or threaten aircraft safety), including:
    • Crowbars, drills and drill bits, including cordless portable power drills, tools with a blade or a shaft of more than 6 cm capable of use as a weapon, such as screwdrivers and chisels, saws, including cordless portable power saws, blowtorches, bolt guns and nail guns;
  • Blunt instruments (objects capable of being used to cause serious injury when used to hit), including:
    • Baseball and softball bats, clubs and batons such as billy clubs, blackjacks and night sticks, and martial arts equipment;
  • Explosives and incendiary substances and devices (capable, or appearing capable, of being used to cause serious injury or pose a threat to aircraft safety), 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 cartridges, dynamite, gunpowder, and plastic explosives.

Information is subject to change without notice. Please consult Transport Canada  Will open in a separate browser window.

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