Restricted and Prohibited Items

Items That Are Restricted or Prohibited on Aircraft

Get information on items that are not allowed onboard the aircraft and those with restrictions attached.

Items Not Permitted Onboard Any Aircraft

It is prohibited by law for passengers to check in or carry dangerous goods on board. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Explosives (fireworks, firecrackers, unexploded bombs, etc.)
  • Ignitable/flammable substances (including a large amount of matches or lighter fuel)
  • Camping or household stoves
  • Compressed gas (gas cartridges for gas cartridge stoves, oxygen spray for sports, dust removal spray, etc.)
  • Toxic substances (including insecticides) and corrosive or oxidizing substances (including bleach)
  • Radioactive substances
  • Strongly magnetic materials
  • Smart baggage

Note: Some countries/regions may restrict other items in addition to those listed here.

Please contact ANA by phone as early as possible if you are unsure if an item can be checked in or carried on board.

Restrictions on Food and Drinks

Food and drinks can be checked in baggage as long as they are properly packaged and sealed.

  • Self-heating lunch boxes are considered dangerous goods and therefore not permitted to be checked in or carried on board.
Alcoholic Beverages

Some alcoholic beverages may be considered dangerous goods depending on the level of alcohol content.

In addition, the requirements for check-in of alcoholic beverages vary depending on alcohol content and volume:

  • Up to five liters per person of alcoholic beverages with an alcoholic content exceeding 24% but no more than 70% are permitted to be checked in and carried on board.
  • There are no restrictions on alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content of 24% or less.
  • The alcoholic beverages must be stored in the container in which they were sold.

Depending on country or region, checking in alcoholic beverages may be restricted, and duty-free eligibility may vary. Please check relevant information for the country or region in advance.

Duty-Free LAG Items

LAGs purchased at duty-free shops at the departure airport can be carried on board. LAGs must be kept in a sealed tamper-evident transparent plastic bag, and the bag must not be opened. Receipts must be placed inside the bag as evidence of purchase.

For connecting flights, the rules of the country of connection apply to the handling of LAGs, including duty-free items. Once you go through immigration at a connection airport and enter the relevant country, that airport will be considered the departure airport and the rules of that airport will apply.

The final decision on whether such items can be carried on will be made by the security personnel at the departure airport.

Restrictions on Battery-Powered Devices

Most battery-powered devices can be carried on or checked, except where outlined below. These include but are not limited to mobile phones, laptop computers, digital cameras, electronic book readers, and mobile game devices.

Lithium Batteries

The risk of fire from some lithium battery-powered electronic devices means sufficient caution must be exercised when transporting those items, particularly those subject to recall.

Spare Lithium Ion Batteries

  • Up to two batteries per person with a watt-hour rating (Wh) of no more than 160 Wh can be carried on board. They cannot be checked in.
  • One battery per person with a watt-hour rating (Wh) exceeding 160 Wh but of no more than 300 Wh can be carried on board. They cannot be checked in.
  • Batteries with a watt-hour rating (Wh) exceeding 300 Wh are not permitted on board.
Electric Wheelchair Batteries

To safely transport an electric wheelchair, please remove all batteries before checking the wheelchair in.

Spare batteries should be packaged carefully, then carried on board.

Other Batteries

Dry Batteries (e.g., nickel-metal hydride, nickel-cadmium) are limited to one per person. They must be checked in, as they are not permitted on board.

  • Wet Non-Spillable Batteries: are limited to one per person. They must be checked in, as they are not permitted on board.
  • Wet Spillable Batteries cannot be checked in or carried on board.
E-Cigarettes & Lighters

Lithium-battery-powered electronic cigarettes and their spare batteries can be carried on the aircraft. They cannot be transported in checked bags.

  • Turn off the power of the device and do not charge it while on board.
  • Wrap spare batteries individually to prevent short-circuiting, and take all necessary steps to prevent accidental activation of the heat-producing component.

Use of electronic cigarettes and other smoking devices that do not use fire (including those that do not emit smoke) are prohibited on ANA flights. Charging of electronic cigarettes and batteries is also prohibited.

Other Items Subject to Restrictions

Sprays

For personal use: 2 kg or 2 liters per person of non-radioactive cosmetic and drug sprays are permitted to be checked in or carried on board in containers of up to 0.5 kg or 0.5 liters. This includes hair sprays, antiperspirant, disinfection sprays, cooling sprays, etc.

For sporting equipment: Each passenger is permitted to check 2 kg or 2 liters in containers of up to 0.5 kg or 0.5 liters. They cannot be carried on board. The contents must not be of flammable or contain toxic gas.

  • Sprays must have their valve secured by a cap or other adequate method to prevent the content from accidentally leaking out.
  • When checking in non-radioactive cosmetics or drugs and sprays for sporting equipment or daily use together, their combined amount must not exceed 2 kg or 2 liters.
Dry Ice

Up to 2.5 kg per person of dry ice used for cooling perishable goods can be checked in or carried on board. Dry ice for other purposes is not permitted.

Ammunition for Sports and Hunting

Up to 5 kg, including the package can be checked in per person. It is not permitted to carry them on board.

Avalanche Rescue Backpack

One avalanche rescue backpack containing no more than 200 mg of gunpowder, and that uses neither a flammable nor toxic gas, can be checked in or carried on board.

  • The backpack must be packed in such a manner that it cannot be accidentally activated, and the airbags within the backpack must have pressure release valves.
  • You may be asked to provide explanatory documents to prove that conditions are met.
Inflatable Life Vest and Spare Cylinders

One life vest with small cylinders filled with carbon dioxide gas attached and up to two spare cylinders can be checked in or carried on board. quantity restrictions are 0.5 L or 0.5 kg per container, and 2 L or 2 kg per person.

Experimental Drugs

Experimental drugs in development can be checked in or carried on board if the following conditions are met.

  • The passenger has a document stating that it is an experimental drug.
  • There is no “three-leaf mark” on the outer container indicating that the drug is radioactive.
  • All experimental drugs must go through X-ray inspection. Liquids must undergo an additional liquid inspection when carried on. If the container cannot be opened, the item may not be permitted on board.
Plants

A Phytosanitary certificate issued by the government of departure country is required when bringing plants, including seeds, into Japan. All plants also must be submitted to a plant inspection, according to Japanese law. If no certificate is presented, plants will be disposed of.

Some plants, mostly fresh fruits, are banned from entering Japan. Legal penalties may apply if these requirements are not met.

For more on plants restrictions and bans, please visit the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries - Plant Protection Station website.

Carrying Powders Into the US

TSA regulations limit powders and powder-like substances carried onto aircraft entering the USA. Items containing less than 12 oz. can be carried on. Larger powders must be checked in.