Baggage Prohibition & Restriction

Guests bring many different items when they travel and may inadvertently carry with them dangerous substances or items that are prohibited or restricted. Some common household items such as drain cleaners, paint, solvents, petrol, gas containers, fireworks, lighters, glues, detergents, bleach and aerosols are potentially dangerous goods.

IATA Dangerous Goods Regulation provides a list of dangerous goods. For the comfort, safety and security of all onboard RB flights, dangerous goods are either prohibited or restricted in your carry-on or checked-in baggage.

Prohibited items and baggage restrictions guides listed below or in this guide for your reference when you pack.

Important: Failure to declare dangerous and/or hazardous materials may result in civil or criminal proceedings, and severe penalties apply.

Prohibited Items

The following items must not be carried in your baggage (hand baggage and checked-in baggage):


POISONSSuch as arsenic, cyanide, weed killer and tear gas.

WET CELL BATTERIESSuch as batteries filled with acid (e.g car), batteries filled with alkali (e.g. aircraft) or sealed non-spillable batteries (e.g. wheelchair)

CORROSIVESSuch as mercury, acids, alkalis, thermometers containing mercury and wet cell batteries

FIREWORKS & EXPLOSIVESSubstances and devices* capable, or appearing capable of being used to cause serious injury or to pose a threat to the safety of aircraft

DEEPLY REFRIGERATED / COMPRESSED GASSuch as butane, oxygen, propane and aqualung cylinders

CLASS 2 FLAMMABLE / NON-FLAMMABLE GASSuch as aerosols including aerosol paints, filled-aqualung cylinders, carbon dioxide cylinders for soda syphons, gas or fuel cylinders.

RADIOACTIVE MATERIALSSuch as instruments containing radioactive source radioisotopes for research

INFECTIOUS SUBSTANCESSuch as viruses and bacteria

MAGNETIC MATERIALSIndustrial strength magnets or magnetized material.

DAMAGED / DEFECTIVE BATTERIES & IN PORTABLE DEVICESLithium batteries that are defective or that have been damaged, have the potential of producing a dangerous evolution of heat, fire or short circuit and are forbidden for transport

BAGGAGE WITH NON-REMOVABLE LITHIUM ION BATTERIESSuch as baggage where the lithium battery is designed to charge other devices and cannot be removed, must be considered as power bank.

STUNNING / DISABLING DEVICESElectro shock weapons (e.g. Tasers) containing dangerous goods such as explosives, compressed gases, lithium batteries, etc.

OXIDISING MATERIAL AND ORGANIC PEROXIDESSuch as bleaches, resin kits and fiberglass repair kits.

HOVERBOARD / BALANCE WHEELSSmall lithium battery powered vehicles such as air wheels, solo wheels, balance wheels and hoverboards.

CLASS 3 FLAMMABLE LIQUID & CLASS 4 FLAMMABLE SOLIDSuch as lighter or heater fluids, paints, thinner, solvents, petrol and all matches are unacceptable in baggage.


*Explosive and incendiary substances and devices such as ammunition, blasting caps, detonators and fuses, replica or imitation explosive devices, mines, grenades and other explosive military stores, fireworks and pyrotechnics, smoke-generating canisters and smoke-generating cartridges, dynamite, gunpowder and plastic explosives.

Any other substance or item which during a flight present a danger not covered above such as offensive or magnetic materials may also be prohibited.

Certain items are exempted such as guests having in their possession prescription medicine which may include medically necessary needles and syringes. A supporting letter from your doctor will be required.

Except for the following:


SHARP EDGES/POINTSAllowed as checked-in baggage only

MATCHES / LIGHTERAllowed as carry-on baggage only on person’s body however ‘Strike anywhere’ matches, ‘Blue flame’ or ‘cigar’ lighters are forbidden

E-CIGARETTES / VAPEAllowed as carry-on baggage only, however subjected to each country’s ruling

Carriage of Lithium Batteries

The abundant stored energy that makes lithium batteries practical also makes them dangerous when not carried properly. There are limits to the lithium batteries you can carry on board an aircraft.

Lithium batteries are two general types: Lithium Ion (Rechargeable) and Lithium Metal (Non-rechargeable). The terminals on spare batteries must be protected to prevent short circuiting. Methods include taping the terminals, putting batteries individually into plastic bags or using the original battery packaging.

Note: All Equipments in the checked baggage must be securely turned off


Battery Type Batteries Carry-on baggage Checked Baggage Number of Spares
Small Rechargeable & Small Non-rechargeable (up to 100Wh/up to 2g lithium) as used in:

  • Cameras
  • Mobile phones/iPods
  • Laptops/iPads
  • MP3 Players
  • Watches
In equipment Yes Yes, but recommended in your carry-on baggage 2 pieces of laptop battery and 12 pieces of up to the equivalent size of AA batteries

  • In original packaging Or
  • Terminals taped Or
  • Individually in plastic bags or equivalent
Spares Yes No
Medium Rechargeable (i.e. greater than 100Wh and less than 160 Wh) as used in:

  • Commercial cameras
  • Video
  • Audiovisual equipment
  • Some medical equipment
In equipment Yes Yes, but recommended in your carry-on baggage Limit 2 only. To be;

  • In original packaging Or
  • Terminals taped Or
  • Individually in plastic bags or equivalent
Spares Yes No
In Medium & Large Non-rechargeable (i.e containing more than 2 grams of lithium)

  • ‘C’ size battery and above
Must be carried only as cargo/freight in accordance with the current dangerous good regulations
Large Rechargeable (i.e 160Wh and above)
All types carried commercially

Watt hour (Wh) = Amps (Ah) x Voltage (v)
Example (14000 mAh 12 Volt) 14000/1000 (Ah) X 12 (V) = 168 Wh

Portable Chargers / Power Banks

  • These are portable devices designed to be able to charge consumer devices such as mobile phones and tablets. The device comes in different shapes and sizes and may contain high Watt-hour ratings.
  • For the purposes of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations, power banks are to be classified as batteries and must be assigned to lithium ion batteries, or lithium metal batteries, as applicable.
  • For carriage by passengers, power banks are considered spare batteries and must be individually protected from short-circuit and carried in carry-on baggage only.


In line with safety regulations on the carriage of lithium batteries set by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations, the following policy applies on the carriage and use of portable chargers or power banks on all RB flights:


In cabin baggage (hand-carry)
Royal Brunei Airlines allow for the carriage of portable chargers or power banks in cabin baggage, under the following guidelines:

  • Device cannot be discharged or used in flight at any time
  • Device should not be charged at any time during the flight
  • Device is switched off and placed in a sealed bag prior to the flight
  • Device with lithium ion batteries Watt-hour rating that does not exceed 100Wh is permitted up to a maximum of 4 batteries per person.
  • Device with lithium ion batteries Watt-hour rating exceeding 100Wh but not exceeding 160Wh is permitted with prior-approval from airline, up to a maximum of two batteries per person.
  • Power banks without clear rating identification are not allowed to be carried on board.


For checked baggage
Portable Chargers or Power Banks is strictly prohibited in checked baggage for all RB flights.

RB would like to remind our guests that should you need to charge your mobile phones or tablets, you may utilise the USB ports available at your seats.

  • B787 Dreamliner: USB ports located below your Inflight Entertainment screens for Economy and underneath your armrest for Business Class.
  • A320NEO: USB ports located below Inflight Entertainment screens
  • A320CEO: USB ports located below Inflight Entertainment screens for Business Class and underneath your seats for Economy.

Carry-On Baggage Restricted Items

Civil Aviation Authorities safety & security require items that are restricted or dangerous to be removed from your carry-on baggage prior to departure, which may not be returned to you.

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  • Knives (Pen Knives, swords, hunting knives, daggers)
  • Scissors and sharp objects (e.g. ice-pick, darts, razor blades, hooks)
  • Ice Axes, box cutters, knives with blades of more than 6 cm, scissors with blades of more than 6cm as measured from the fulcrum, martial arts equipment with a sharp point or sharp edge, swords and sabres
  • Items designed for chopping, such as axes, hatchets and cleavers
  • Blunt instruments capable of causing serious injuries when used to hit such as baseball and softball bats, clubs and batons (e.g. billy clubs, blackjacks, night sticks) and martial arts equipments.

Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro

Apple has announced that the battery for some older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro units may overheat and pose a fire safety risk.

Royal Brunei Airlines restricts the use of 15-inch MacBook Pro units sold between September 2015 and February 2017 on board unless information is provided to verify the laptop is not affected by the MacBook Pro Battery Recall Program. These devices may be permitted for use in-flight if guests provide verification that their unit is not affected or that the batteries have been replaced. To verify if a device is affected by this recall, please visit: 

Guests that do not have proof of verification will be required to keep the device turned off, protect it from accidental activations and not charge it at any time during in-flight.

Smart Luggage

Smart Luggage is defined by bags powered by lithium batteries that may include motors, power banks, GPS, GSM, Bluetooth, RFID or Wi-Fi technology.

Smart luggage is allowed as cabin baggage (hand-carry) if:

  • The lithium battery is removable
  • The removable battery can remain installed, with the condition that the smart luggage power must be completely switched off
  • Adhere to RB’s cabin baggage allowance on the size and weight limit of 7kg

Smart luggage is allowed as checked-in baggage if:

  • The lithium battery can be removed from the baggage and the lithium battery must be carried in the cabin.
  • Adhere to RB’s checked-in baggage allowance on size and weight limit

Smart luggage with non-removable lithium battery is not permitted for carriage on all RB flights as cabin or checked-in baggage.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Effective 18 October 2016, Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) has prohibited the carriage of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on all RB flights in accordance with the Brunei Department of Civil Aviation Security Notice dated 17th October 2016 which bans the carriage of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on board all flights.

As a safety and precautionary measure, the prohibition applies to Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices that are carried onto the aircraft in person, carry-on baggage, checked-in luggage and cargo.

Guests are advised that anyone found in possession of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will be denied boarding.

Liquids, Aerosols and Gels (LAGS) Restrictions

Restrictions may differ from country to country. Many countries have implemented restrictions on the carriage of liquids, aerosols and gels in accordance with the guidelines set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

The restrictions are:

  • Liquids, aerosols and gels will only be allowed in cabin baggage if they’re kept in containers of not more than 100ml each, even if the containers are only partially filled.
  • Containers must be carried in a clear, resealable plastic bag. The total volume of the bag must not exceed 1 litre.
  • Each guest is only allowed one such plastic bag.
  • The bag must be removed from cabin baggage and presented during security checks for visual and/or X-ray screening.

Medication, as well as food items for special dietary requirements including baby formula:

  • are permitted in cabin baggage
  • must be removed from cabin baggage and declared during security checks
  • may be subject to additional security checks.
  • If you are carrying prescription medicine, you are advised to carry supporting documentation (such as an ID card and a letter from your physician) for verification.

Should you carry more than the allowed limit during security screenings at the boarding gate, items will not be accepted for checked-in in the cargo holds and will be disposed.

It is encouraged that guests check the restrictions of the country you are visiting prior to your flight at IATA Travel Center