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Restricted - Prohibited items

Review these helpful baggage tips and regulations to expedite your airport security screening process!

What are the restricted items?

The maximum quantity of liquids, gels and aerosols permitted in carry-on baggage is 100ml/100g (3.4 oz) per container when placed in one clear, closed and re-sealable plastic bag no larger than one litre (one quart); maximum 1 plastic bag per passenger. Open, coloured or opaque plastic bags of any size containing liquids, gels or aerosols in containers of any size are not permitted through security screening. 

Exemptions: baby formula, baby food and milk for passengers travelling with infants (needed for in-flight use only) prescription and essential non-prescription medicines.

Once past the security screening checkpoint, passengers may carry on board any liquids, gels and aerosols that have been purchased from retail and duty-free stores in the sterile area.

Transport of alcoholic beverages

Alcoholic beverages of more than 70% alcohol by volume are classified as dangerous goods. Leakage of flammable liquids can result in a fire and/or explosion. Proper packaging is required.

You can carry alcohol containers (including wine or beer and commercial products) in your checked baggage if:
  • The percentage of alcohol by volume is equal to or less than 70% (140 proof)
  • The quantity does not exceed five liters per person for alcoholic beverages whose percentage of alcohol by volume is 24 to 70%
If the alcohol percentage is more than 70% (force of proof 140), the product will not be accepted, either as checked baggage or as cabin baggage. Please contact our Cargo department for details.

Powder-like substances (such as milk powder, meal substituts, body powder, dry shampoo) cannot be transported in your carry-on baggage if the quantity is equal or over 350 ml (12 oz.). The powder-like substances of any quantity can however be transported in your checked baggage.

Smart suitcases with built-in electronics are used as charging or location tracking devices and are powered by lithium-ion batteries that are subject to some carriage limitations.

Smart bags with the battery installed must be transported as carry-on luggage.

For any smart bag transported as checked baggage, the passenger must remove the battery and carry it in the cabin.
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. 

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. To learn more about lithium batteries, watch this Transport Canada video.

Portable Electronic Devices (PED) / Consumer Electronic Devices (CED) Portable Medical Electronic Devices (PMED)
Battery Watt-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.

  • 1 lighter per passenger, packed in the allowable 1 plastic bag per passenger (due to liquid content). No lighters in checked baggage.
  • 1 book of matches per passenger, carried only on your person.
  • Electronic cigarettes: stowed unused in carry-on baggage at all times. Carriage in checked baggage is prohibited. Please note that passengers are not allowed to bring electronic cigarettes to Cuba and Mexico.
  • Gun lighters, lighters shaped like grenades, lighter with unabsorbed liquid fuel, torch lighters are not permitted in carry-on and checked baggage.
  • Specific country restrictions may also apply.

Entering and exiting Canada with cannabis and derivatives

When you are travelling within Canada, it is your responsibility to learn the laws of the province or territory you are going to. If you use cannabis, follow the laws in that jurisdiction.

Possibility of diversions: In the case of a domestic flight, please be advised that unexpected operational requirements require a domestic flight to divert to a U.S. airport, where arriving in possession of cannabis is illegal.

If you are refused entry into a country because you were in possession of cannabis, you will be entirely responsible for the consequences, including the cost of your trip back home.

For further details, please visit the Canadian government website:
Cannabis and international travel
Cannabis in Canada

One avalanche rescue backpack per person can be carried as checked baggage provided that it is equipped with:
  • A pyrotechnic trigger mechanism containing not more than 200 mg of explosives (Division 1.4S)
  • A cylinder of compressed gas in Division 2.2 (no spare cylinders allowed)
  • It is packed in such a way that it can’t be accidentally activated
  • The airbag(s) within the backpack must be fitted with pressure relief valves.
Important: Avalanche rescue backpacks are not accepted on flights to or from the United States of America.
Scuba-diving tanks are accepted as checked baggage when completely empty and the pressure gauge protected.

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.

One self-inflating life vest per person can be carried in both carry-on and checked baggage provided that it’s fitted with a maximum of two small cylinders containing carbon dioxide (CO2) or other suitable gas in Division 2.2 plus two spare cylinders for a total of four small cylinders.
Sports parachuting equipment (including those with automatic activation devices) is permitted as carry-on or 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.

Customers are allowed to carry TVs as checked baggage. However, as this is a fragile electronic device, Air Transat requires the TV to have appropriate packaging in order to avoid damage.

You can check in TVs up to 158 cm (62.20 inches) in linear dimensions (length + width + height). TVs exceeding these measurements will not be accepted.

The total weight of the TV must not exceed 32 kg (70 lb). The TV may be subject to overweight baggage fees depending on your baggage allowance Will open in a separate browser window.

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Air Transat does not accept human cells as cabin baggage.

The transportation of human cells (stem cells, human embryos, cryopreserved reproductive cells, etc.), and biological samples can only be accepted as Cargo.

Per safety and security regulations, passengers travelling with a firearm and ammunition or cartridges 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, BB guns, paintball guns, and certain handguns are accepted as checked baggage.
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  • Accepted as checked baggage only; maximum weight per piece of baggage is 32 kg (70 lb).
  • Should your firearms exceed your free checked baggage allowance (quantity/size/weight), excess charges will apply.
  • 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.
  • Ammunition must be packed in a strong container made of plastic, wood, or metal. To avoid shock movement, it is recommended that properly packed ammunition be placed inside a suitcase and cushioned with clothing.
  • Maximum 5 kg (11 lb) secured, boxed cartridges for sporting purposes allowed per passenger. Gunpowder and gunpowder pellets are strictly prohibited.
  • Firearms and ammunition must be packed in separate pieces of checked baggage; they cannot be packed together and the firearm must be unloaded.
  • Only passengers age 18 and over may carry a firearm in checked baggage. You must have the required entry permits in your possession for the country of destination.

Articles packed in dry ice are accepted in carry-on or checked baggage provided they are properly packed to prevent leakage and placed in a container that is in good condition, free of any damage and properly vented to allow for the release of carbon dioxide gas. 

The quantity of Dry ice carried by a passenger must not exceed 2.5 kg (5lbs) in weight.

  • 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

What are the prohibited items?

Air conditioners/Refrigerator (new or used) are not permitted as checked or carry on baggage but may be accepted as Cargo. Please contact our Cargo department for details on acceptance.

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's website for more details.

The following items are not accepted for transport onboard our aircraft:
  • Carbon dioxide (CO2) or nitrogen pressurized cylinders (including tire inflator cartridges)
  • Fire extinguishers (even empty)
  • Propane cylinders (even empty)
  • Portable oxygen cylinders (other than those supplied by Air Transat. Please visit the Medical Oxygen section of this site for more information) 
Exception: CO2 cylinders and other pneumatic devices used in the operation of mechanical limbs are accepted in both carry-on and checked baggage.

Please note that Air Transat will not accept certain types of electrically powered vehicles that are not classified as mobility aids, in neither checked nor carry-on baggage due to safety concerns associated to the lithium batteries that power them.

Vehicles not accepted include: hoverboards, electric skateboards, airwheels, Onewheels, mini-Segways, balance wheels, electrically powered scooters such as Razor and road scooters, tricycles and battery-assisted bicycles such as Trek Electric Bikes.

These items will not be accepted, even if the batteries are removed from the vehicle.

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.

Travel Tips

Departing by plane? Remember to charge your electronic devices.
Security measures regarding electronic devices (tablets, laptops, cameras, etc.) are becoming more stringent. These may be subject to inspection, and non-functioning or uncharged devices may not be permitted on board. It is therefore highly recommended that passengers travel with charged electronic devices in order to accelerate the security screening process and avoid any inconvenience. Additionally, in order to facilitate the screening of these items, passengers should ensure that covers and protective cases can be easily removed.

Checked baggage screening
Passengers are urged to leave all of their checked baggage unlocked, to avoid the need to forcibly open bags that require further physical inspection. Alternatively, cable/zip or TSA-approved locks may be used.
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