European Union policy notices

Carriers banned from operating in the European Union

The European Commission established a list of air carriers that do not meet their relevant safety standards and are banned from operating in the EU. You may review the list of carriers on the European Commission's website.

European Union rules on the importation of products of animal origin

Please be advised that bringing meat and dairy products into the European Union is generally prohibited by local law. Restrictions also apply to many other food items and plants. If you have any questions about this restriction, please contact a customs official upon arrival. Failure to declare food, dairy, and plant items may result in delays, fines, or prosecution by the customs authority in the EU.

Notice for flights departing the European Union, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland

EU Regulation 261/2004 requires airlines to provide the following notice: If you are denied boarding or if your flight is cancelled or delayed for at least two hours, ask at the check-in counter or boarding gate for the text stating your rights, particularly with regard to compensation and assistance.

For more information, please refer to our Notice of Your Rights.

Prohibited articles under EU Regulation 2015/1998

There are certain items travelers aren’t allowed to carry in to the security area of an airport, on board the aircraft or in the hold baggage.

  • Without prejudice to applicable safety rules, passengers are not permitted to carry the following articles into security restricted areas and on board an aircraft:

    • 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, replicas 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 immobilise, 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 of more than 6 cm,knives with blades of more than 6 centimeters,
      • scissors with blades of more than 6 cm as measured from the fulcrum,scissors with blades of more than 6 centimeters as measured from the fulcrum,
      • martial arts equipment with a sharp point or sharp edge,
      • swords and sabres;
    • Workmen's tools - tools capable of being used either to cause serious injury or to threaten the safety of aircraft, 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 or chisels, tools with a blade or a shaft of more than 6 centimeters capable of use as a weapon, such as screwdrivers or 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,
      • martial arts equipment;
    • Explosives and incendiary substances and devices - explosives and incendiary substances and devices capable, or appearing capable, of being used to cause serious injury or to pose a threat to the safety of aircraft, 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 smoke-generating cartridges,
      • dynamite, gunpowder and plastic explosives.
  • Passengers are not permitted to carry the following articles in their hold baggage:

    Explosives and incendiary substances and devices: Explosives and incendiary substances and devices capable of being used to cause serious injury or to pose a threat to the safety of aircraft, including:

    • ammunition,
    • blasting caps,
    • detonators and fuses,
    • mines, grenades and other explosive military stores,
    • fireworks and other pyrotechnics,
    • smoke-generating canisters and smoke-generating cartridges,
    • dynamite, gunpowder and plastic explosives.

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