Revised Prohibited Items List for All Flights Originating Within the Philippines

Earlier this year, the Office for Transportation Security (OTS) has released a Memorandum Circular No. 005, series of 2019 dated May 14, 2019, regarding the Revised Prohibited Items List for all flights originating within the Philippines.

Revised Prohibited Items List for All Flights Originating Within the Philippines

The memorandum gives clarity as to what passengers are allowed or not allowed to be brought on-board the plane. [Travel Tip: 7 Ways to Find the Cheapest Airplane Ticket]

If you are used to carrying umbrellas and you traveled recently, you should be one of those passengers who were advised to leave their umbrellas at the security counter. Umbrellas can no longer be hand-carried and must now be checked in regardless if it’s foldable or not.

The list of prohibited items is divided into 8 categories:

1. Guns, firearms and other devices that discharge projectiles

Items such as air guns, ammunition shells or bullets, a component of guns and firearms, flare guns, pellet guns, bolt guns and the like cannot be hand-carried in the cabin. These items may be checked-in, subject to the airline’s requirements for handling and packaging.

Toy guns may be brought to the cabin unless it’s prohibited in the country of destination or transit points.

2. Stunning Devices

Items such as mace, pepper spray, and tear gas cannot be brought on-board the plane. Stun guns, on the other hand, can be checked-in unless it’s prohibited in the country of destination or transit points.

3. Chemicals and other toxic substances

Corrosive substances such as acid, battery acid, vinegar, muriatic acid, and the likes cannot be carried on-board the aircraft. Radioactive materials, toxic and infectious materials, hazardous materials, flammable materials, and oxidizing substance are also prohibited.

4. Objects with sharp points or edges

All objects with sharp points or edges are not allowed in the cabin. All sharp objects in the checked baggage must be securely wrapped to prevent injuries to baggage handlers. Items in this category include arrow and dart, bayonet, bolos, box cutter, canned products with easy-open lids, corkscrew, ice pick, bottle opener, medical scalpel, nipper, pusher, nail cutter with a knife, scissor, fishing hook, umbrella, and similar objects.

5. Worker’s tools

Worker’s tools such as hammers, nails, pliers crowbars, drills, saws, handcuffs, nail gun, and the likes must be put in the checked baggage.

6. Blunt Instruments

All metal chains, billiard sticks, and bowling and billiard balls must be checked in. Crutches and walking sticks or aids can be brought in the cabin.

Tripods and monopods can be brought in the cabin with special instruction from the airline crew.

7. Explosives and incendiary substances and devices

Batteries and power banks must be hand-carried as it is not allowed in the checked baggage. Blasting caps, grenade, flares, plastic explosives, pyrotechnics, fuels, matches, lighters, e-lighters, torch, and similar items cannot be brought on-board.

E-cigarettes can be brought in the cabin, but you CANNOT use it, of course.

8. Liquid, Aerosols, and Gels (LAGs)

A passenger can only hand-carry LAGs that are 100mL or less. It is based on the container and not the content. If you carry a 200mL cologne and the content left is only less than a quarter, it will still be intercepted.

LAGs include water and drinks, soups, syrups, sauces, perfumes, gels, sprays, lotions, creams, jams, and similar items. For a full list of items, please refer to the copy of the memorandum below.

Memorandum Circular No. 005, series of 2019 regarding the Revised Prohibited Items List

Revised Prohibited Items List for All Flights Originating Within the Philippines
Revised Prohibited Items List for All Flights Originating Within the Philippines

PS: I got the copy of the memorandum from the OTS. I messaged them on their official page and they responded. 🙂

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