Products allowed and prohibited in carry-on baggage

Security passage at the airport - Chalabala
Security passage at the airport - Chalabala

You wish to travel to Ireland by plane and want to travel with a cabin suitcase? It’s not easy to always know what you can put in it without being bothered by airport security! Here is a short list of what is allowed and what is not allowed in your cabin baggage!

Authorized products

Keep your fragile and electronic items with you!

Most airlines advise you to take valuables that may be fragile or essential for your trip in your cabin baggage. Also, do not hesitate to keep on board:

  • your laptops, your cameras, your phones…etc..
  • your medications,
  • your papers (passport, identity card),
  • your means of payment
  • your medication (with your prescription if you ask for justification).

Storing all these items in your cabin suitcase will save you a lot of trouble in the event of loss, theft or damage to your hold baggage.

Prohibited products

Avoid liquids and sharp objects!

Security on aircraft is becoming increasingly stringent in the current context. Therefore, you will have many security instructions to respect, in particular by avoiding carrying with you certain products and objects considered dangerous.

Also, airlines will categorically refuse any prohibited items in your carry-on baggage, and will ask you to place them in your checked baggage. Here is an overview of the prohibited items in the cabin:

  • liquids
  • aerosols,
  • gels or pasty substances (shampoo, water, drink, shower gel, mascara, soup, syrups, toothpaste, liquid soap, deodorants…etc)
  • sharp objects (scissors, knives, nail files…etc.)
  • lighters and combustibles,
  • battery with electrolyte,
  • fireworks,
  • firecrackers
  • bengal lights,
  • distress flares,
  • dummy guns,
  • firelighter,
  • tear gas,
  • camping stoves, gas bottles, scuba tanks,
  • paint, varnish, lacquer,
  • toxic substances, infectious substances, radioactive materials, chemicals, fertilizers, weed killers, pesticides, insecticides, paint removers, bleach, chlorine, laundry detergent, flammable liquids, thinner, solvent, acetone, mercury thermometers, barometers…
  • …etc.


It should be noted, however, that purchases of liquids made after the security check are made freely subject to customs limitations.

Since 2006, there have been restrictions on the liquids and gels contained in cabin baggage: they must be placed in a closed transparent bag (type “freezer bag”) of maximum 20 cm x 20 cm. Purchases made in airport shops must be placed in a plastic bag sealed by your vendor. Please note: not all shops offer this bag. Ask for information before making your purchases.