For health and safety reasons dangerous and flammable goods are not allowed on an aircraft

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For health and safety reasons dangerous and flammable goods are not allowed on an aircraft

In terms of the Law, ‘Dangerous Goods’ may not be taken aboard an aircraft.

Dangerous Goods are classified as articles or substances that pose a potential risk to health, safety, property or the environment and that could also potentially endanger the safety of an aircraft or persons on board the aircraft.

For these purposes we observe the rules as governed by the Civil Aviation Authority Regulations.  Dangerous Goods are also known as ‘restricted articles’ hazardous materials and dangerous cargo.

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Items that have been identified in the IATA (International Air Transport Association) Dangerous Goods Regulations shall not be carried as, within or as part of a customer’s baggage accepted as checked-in or cabin baggage.

The IATA laws and those of all countries prohibit the transportation of certain items on a person or in checked-in or carry-on baggage.  For ease of reference, certain of these items are included below as a brief guideline.  However, for more information, please consult your local travel agent.

  • Briefcases with built-in alarm devices such as lithium batteries or pyrotechnic
  • Explosives, fireworks or flares
  • Pressurised containers that contain irritant gases
  • Self-defence sprays (e.g. pepper spray)
  • Camping gas
  • Containers with flammable liquids such as lighter fuel, paint, varnish or cleaning agents
  • Items that ignite easily such as matches
  • Substances that emit flammable gases upon contact with water
  • Oxidising substances such as peroxide or bleaching powder
  • Toxic or infectious substances such as quicksilver, virus cultures or bacteria
  • Corrosive substances such as acids, alkalis or wet cell batteries
  • Knives, scissors and razor blades

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Security procedures

For all routes outside of South Africa, the South African Government has introduced certain in-flight restrictions and security procedures that should be followed at all times.

This article provides a brief introduction to the dos and don’ts when it comes to safe travel.  When travelling, always refer to your local travel agent for extensive guidelines on what is acceptable.

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