List: Items banned from airplanes
List: Items banned from airplanes
The Office of Transportation Security has revised its list of items that can be brought on the plane, citing ‘evolving levels of threat’ in international and domestic travel

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation and Office of Transportation Security (DOTC-OTS) recently revised the list of items that passengers can’t bring on the plane.

In a memorandum circular 2015-02 dated June 30 and signed by administrator retired commodore Roland S. Recomono, DOTC-OTS listed 7 categories in its revised guidelines of items banned in flights originating from the Philippines.

Among the items listed include:

1) Guns, firearms, and other devices that discharge projectiles

Examples include air guns; bolt guns; gun and firearm components; flare guns; nail guns; pellet guns; pistols; revolvers; rifles; shotguns; spear guns; and, any sport-related firearms.

DOTC-OTS also said that all forms of firearms and guns must be endorsed to the appropriate law enforcement officer per Presidential Decree No. 1866.

Projectile-capable devices such as slingshots; bow and arrows; and crossbows are allowed to be checked in, “but are prohibited in carry-on luggage,” DOTC-OTS said.

2) Stunning devices

The likes of acid sprays, insect and animal repellant sprays, pepper sprays, and stun guns can be checked in, except tear gas which is banned in both carry-on and check-in baggage.

3) Objects with sharp points and edges

Examples include axes, bayonets, bolos, box cutters, butterfly knives (balisong), canned products (with easy open lids), cleavers, cock fighting knives and blades (tari), cork screws, disguised objects with sharp edges, diving knives, hatchets, ice axes, ice picks, knives, letter openers, medical scalpels, nippers/pushers/nail files/nail cutters (with knife), open razors/razor blades, pocket comb weapons, pocket folded knives, sabers, scissors, swords.

DOTC-OTS said all objects with sharp point and edges are not allowed in the cabin while any sharp objects in checked baggage should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers.

4) Workers’ tools

Drills/drill bits (including portable power grills), extension cords, GI wires (alambre), hammers, nails, pliers, retractable tape measures (metal), saws (including cordless portable power saws), screwdrivers, tapes (duct tape, packaging tape, masking tape, etc), and wrenches are allowed in check-in luggage, but not in carry-on baggage, DOTC-OTS said.

5) Blunt instruments

All metal chains, baton sticks, billiard sticks, boat paddles, bowling/billiard balls, cane umbrella, clubs/sticks/bats/rods, cricket paddle, dumbbells, hand weight, fishing hook (large), fishing rods, grindstone knives, ice skates, skateboard, kayak/canoe paddles, knuckles (brass/metal), lacrosse sticks, paintball equipment, scuba diving equipment, ski poles/hiking poles, tennis/badminton/squash rackets, tripod (large) – these are all banned in carry-on baggage but allowed to be checked in.

Crutches and walking sticks or aids are allowed in the cabin of an aircraft if carried/used by an elderly or a person with reduced mobility, or a person with a visible need of such mobility aid. “Such items shall be electronically screened and/or physically inspected for anomalies,” DOTC-OTS said.

6) Explosives and incendiary substances and devices

The following are banned in both carry-on and check-in baggage: blasting caps, detonators and fuses, grenades, dynamites, flares (in any form), plastic explosives, pyrotechnics including fireworks, ammunition, smoke-generating canisters or cartridges, mines and other explosive military store, replica or imitation explosive devices, fuels (including cooking fuel and any flammable liquid fuel), matches, lighters (disposable) absorbed liquid, lighter fluids/refills, disguised lighters, gasoline, kerosene/petrol.

7) Liquids, aerosols, and gels (LAGs)

DOTC-OTS said that LAGs in individual containers with a capacity not greater than 100 milliliters (or equivalent) and contained in one transparent resealable plastic bag of a capacity not exceeding one liter (or equivalent) shall be allowed in the cabin.

Only one transparent 20 x 20 resealable plastic bag shall be allowed for each passenger, and the content should fit comfortably and the bag completely closed.

“Exceptions should be made in medications, baby milk/food, and special dietary requirement,” DOTC-OTS added.

Under Republic Act No. 6235, all types of LAGs, regardless of volume, when labeled as flammable (those highly combustible and self-igniting by chemical reaction), corrosive, or toxic is not allowed in the cabin or in the hold, the agency said.

Further guidelines on the US Transportation Security Administration website are available for items to ensure the health and welfare of certain air travelers, DOTC-OTS said. –

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