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baggage - prohibited items

guns and firearms - chemical substances - pointed edged weapons - blunt instruments

For the safety of all our passengers, Monarch restricts certain articles from passengers' hand baggage and hold baggage, as well as strictly prohibiting certain items for carriage onboard the aircraft.

The following items are strictly prohibited from either hand or hold baggage

  • flammable materials e.g. lighter/heater fuels, petrol, paint, thinners, non-safety matches and fire lighters
  • oxidising materials such as lighter or heater fuels
  • oxidising materials such as bleaches and peroxides
  • poisons such as arsenic, weed killers and insecticides
  • corrosives, alkalis and wet cell batteries i.e. filled car batteries
  • etiologic agents (bacteria, viruses etc.)
  • radio-active materials
  • firearms (please contact us if you have a requirement to carry a gun)
  • explosives, fireworks, flares, toy gun caps, party poppers
  • compressed gases (flammable, non-flammable and poisonous) e.g. butane, and including culinary blowtorches, butane powered travel irons, camping or compressed gas cylinders, tear gas, mace or CS gas devices, butane powered gas curlers (prohibited unless a safety cover is supplied and is firmly in place) - separate re-fills are not allowed
  • oxygen and chemical oxygen generators.
  • magnetised materials
  • offensive and irritating materials
  • apparatus containing mercury may only be carried as cargo
  • cooking oil

Guns, firearms and weapons

Any object capable of being a weapon, discharging a projectile or causing injury is prohibited and cannot be taken either in your hand or hold baggage. In some cases, some of the items on the list may be carried in your hold baggage.

If you need to carry a gun, please contact us at time of booking. Special arrangements must be made to facilitate this.


Chemical and toxic substances

Chemicals that pose a risk to the health of passengers and crew are prohibited and cannot be carried in either hand or hold baggage. Including but not limited to:

  • oxidisers and organic peroxides, including bleach and car body repair kits
  • acids and alkalis such as spillable 'wet' batteries
  • corrosives or bleaching substances inclusing mercury and chlorine
  • vehicle batteries and vehicle fuel systems
  • disabling or incapacitating sprays including mace, pepper spray and tear gas
  • radioactive material, including medicinal or commercial isotopes
  • poisons and toxic substances including rat poison
  • infectious substances or biological hazardous material such as infected blood, bacteria and viruses
  • material capable of spontanious ignition or combustion
  • fire extinguishers

The following items cannot be carried in your hand baggage

Including but not limited to:

  • corkscrews
  • darts
  • scissors with blades more than 6cm
  • hypodermic syringes - unless required for medical reasons
  • knives with blades no more than 6cm 
  • metal cutlery - except teaspoons

Pointed edged weapons and sharp objects

Including but not limited to:

  • axes and hatchets
  • arrows and darts
  • crampons
  • harpoons and spears
  • ice axes and ice picks
  • ice skates
  • lockable or flick knives with blades of any length
  • meat cleavers
  • machetes
  • open razors and blades - excluding safety or disposable razors with blades enclosed in the cartridge
  • sabres, swords and swordsticks
  • scalpels
  • ski and walking/hiking poles
  • throwing stars
  • tradesman's tools that have the potential to be used as a pointed or edged weapon, inclusing drills and drill bite, box cutters, utility knives, all saws, screwdrivers, crowbars, hammers, pliers, wrenches/spanners and blow torches

Blunt instruments

Including but not limited to:

  • baseball and softball bats
  • clubs or batons
  • cricket bats
  • golf clubs
  • tennis racquets
  • hockey sticks
  • lacrosse sticks
  • kayak and canoe paddles
  • skateboards
  • billiard, snooker and pool cues
  • fishing rods
  • martial arts equipment

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