By Rosette Adel, July 31 2019; Philippine Star

Image Credit to Philippine News Agency

MANILA, Philippines — The Office for Transportation Security last week released an updated list of prohibited items or items which are not allowed to be brought or carried to the airport and aircraft after the International Civil Aviation Organization set an expanded items list under the international standards.

The transportation security clarified that the revised list of the ICAO are still subject to special requirements or instructions from the airlines.

The list of items that cannot be brought or carried include chemicals and other toxic substances.

The transportation security released the revised list of prohibited items which amended Memorandum Circular No. 02 series 2015 to MC No. 005 series of 2019 “to make it more relevant to existing threats to civil aviation, and to settle the concerns of departing passengers.”

“Security is non-negotiable,” OTS Administrator Undersecretary Arturo Evangelista said.

Evangelista also urged the public to refrain from bringing the prohibited items in the airport “to avoid delays and inconvenience.”

“If you are unsure whether an item is prohibited or not, you may contact us through email, SMS Hotline, or any of our official social media accounts. Or better yet, if it is not that important, we suggest that you just leave it at home,” Evangelista said.

Guns, firearms and other devices that discharge projectiles

(Allowed in check-in hold baggage)

  • Air Gun
  • Ammunition shells/Bullets and other components
  • Component of Guns and Firearm
  • Compressed Air Gun
  • Firearm (any caliber)
  • Flare Gun
  • Pellet Gun
  • Realistic Replicas and imitation firearms
  • Crew Served Weapons
  • Disguised / Improvised Firearms
  • Projectile-capable devices (Slingshot, Bow and Arrow, Crossbows, Spear Gun)
  • Bolt Gun
  • Toy Gun – Also allowed in carry-on baggage unless prohibited in the country of destination
  • Paintball equipment

Stunning device

(Allowed in checked-in hold baggage)

  • Mace/pepper spray tear gas – Also not allowed in checked-in baggage
  • Sun Gun (all kinds)

Chemicals and other toxic substances

(Not allowed in carry on cabin baggage/Check-in/hold baggage)

  • Corrosive substances (e.g. acid, battery acid, sulfuric acid, vinegar, muriatic acid)
  • Radioactive materials (medical or commercial use)
  • Toxic and infectious material (e.g. insect/animal repellant spray)
  • Hazardous materials
  • Flammable Materials (e.g. paint, thinner, lighter refill, butane)
  • Oxidizing substance and organic peroxide (e.g. fertilizer, bleach, sulfur)
  • Miscellaneous Dangerous good (e.g. dry ice, lithium battery)

Objects with sharp points or edges

(Not allowed in carry on cabin baggage)

  • Ax/Hatchet
  • Arrow and Dart
  • Bayonet
  • Bolos
  • Box Cutter
  • Butterfly knife (Balisong)
  • Canned Product (with easy-open lids)
  • Cleaver
  • Cock Fighting Blade (Tare)
  • Cork Screw
  • Disguised with sharp edge (ex. cane, umbrella sword, comb knife, card knife)
  • Knife – Unless prohibited in the country of destination
  • Letter/Bottle Opener
  • Medical Scalpel
  • Nipper/Pusher/Nail file/Nail cutter with knife
  • Open razor/Razor blade
  • Saber/Sword
  • Scissor
  • Fishing hook
  • Throwing / Ninja Star
  • Umbrella

Workers’ tools

(Not allowed in carry on/ cabin baggage)

  • Crowbars
  • Drills/Drill bits (including portable power drills)
  • G.I. wires (alambre)
  • Hammers
  • Nails
  • Pliers
  • Saw (including cordless portable power saws)
  • Screwdrivers
  • Wrenches
  • Handcuffs/thumb cuffs
  • Harpoon gun
  • Nail gun
  • Retractable tape measure (metal)
  • Blunt Instruments
  • (Not allowed in carry on cabin baggage; Allowed checked in /hold baggage)
  • All metal chains
  • Baton sticks/Billy Clubs/Black Jacks/Kubatons
  • Billiard Sticks
  • Bowling/Billiard balls
  • Club/Sticks/Bat/Rods
  • Crutches/Walking sticks or aids
  • Dumbbells/Hand weight
  • Fishing Rods
  • Ice skates
  • Hoverboards and similar items (e.g. balance, wheel, air wheel, solo wheel, mini segway)
  • Paddles (e.g. Boat, cricket, kayak/canoe)
  • Lacrosse sticks
  • Air Tank (as diving equipment) – Tank should be empty
  • Ski poles/hiking poles
  • Tennis/Badminton/Squash rackets
  • Tripod/Monopod
  • Martial Arts Weapons (e.g. Nunchakus, brass/metal knuckles)

Explosives and incendiary substances and devices

(Not allowed in both carry-on/cabin baggage, check-in/hold baggage)

  • Batteries/Power Banks (e.g. lithium battery)
  • Blasting cap
  • Detonator and Fuse
  • Grenade
  • Dynamite
  • Flares (in any form)
  • Plastic Explosives
  • Pyrotechnics including fireworks)
  • 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 and Non-Disposable)
  • Disguised lighters
  • Lighter fluids refills
  • Gasoline/kerosene/Petrol
  • E-Cigarettes – Allowed in carry-on/cabin baggage
  • E-lighters
  • Torch

— Rosette Adel