‘AIR INDIA’: Restricted Item List & General Queries

(Last Updated On: October 6, 2017)

When it comes to airlines, a number of rules and restrictions are attached to the carrying of different stuff. Different items are categorized into different types of restricted items, banned items or dangerous items. Possibly these rules are due to the protection of the passengers only.

But there are some exceptions too as the passengers can easily carry some of the stuff like beverages, perfumes, medicines, etc in the prescribed quantity by the airline.

When it comes to Indian Airlines, whether you are traveling through Air India domestic flights or Air India international flights, there are a number of restrictions on that. Before booking the tickets, passengers must be aware of what not to bring on an airplane.

Some items are considered as prohibited items in checked baggage and some are not allowed to carry in the carry-on luggage.

The following list of items would normally be considered as dangerous goods and are accepted from the provisions of the regulations. These are accepted in limited quantity or are totally restricted.


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Items Which Cannot Be Carried In Hand Baggage:

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Items Which Cannot Be Carried In Hand Baggage As Well As In Checked -in Baggage:

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Question 1: Is there any restriction for taking a knife on a plane in checked baggage?

If you are traveling with knives in any of the Air India flight, they must be carefully packed in your checked baggage. As per the rules of TSA, the blades of the knives in your luggage must be wrapped properly. It should be sheathed so that the baggage handlers and security personnel don’t hurt themselves from these.

Question 2: Are food items allowed in the hand luggage?

Passengers are allowed to carry fruit, vegetables, and all solid foods in your hand baggage. But food in a liquid state such as sauces, pastes, soups, and stews are not permitted to carry and is restricted by the security at the airport. In case you are carrying any liquid stuff, then you need to take it in a container and the size of that must not exceed 100 ml i.e. up to 3.4 ounces, regardless of the amount contained inside.

Question 3: Am I allowed to carry a lighter on a plane?

In case you need to carry a lighter in a plane, then the DOT-approved containers are the only way out. These are also the only way you can carry lighters in checked baggage. Most of these containers can easily hold one lighter but there can also hold two at a time.

Question 4: What are the weight limits in Air India flight?

Air India allow its economy class passengers to check in up to 25 kg on its domestic flights which are 10 kg more than 15 kg of free check-in baggage allowed by all other Indian carriers on domestic flights.

Question 5: What is the hand baggage limit on Air India flights?

The dimensions of hand baggage on Air India flights are: Height x Length x Width = (55 cm x 35 cm x 25 cm) or (22 inches x 14 inches x 10 inches). Total Dimension: 115 cm

Maximum permitted weight for Hand Baggage: 8 Kg per passenger

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