Restricted items in checked baggage

Specific rules apply to what you can and cannot bring in your checked baggage. Make sure to check the limitations when packing your bags.

Electronics and lithium batteries

You’re allowed to bring 15 electronic devices with a lithium battery up to 100 Wh with you in your checked baggage. These devices need to be completely switched off. If you want to bring a device with a lithium battery up to 160 Wh, you need to request permission. Devices with batteries larger than 160 Wh are never allowed. Spare lithium batteries and power banks are only allowed in your hand baggage.

Make sure to pack the devices correctly to protect them from damage. Packed devices may never be damaged, defective, or recalled.

Electronic cigarettes

You’re never allowed to pack an electronic cigarette in your checked luggage.

Smart baggage

You can bring a smart bag equipped with a lithium battery other than a button cell if you remove this battery. Can’t remove it? Then it’s not allowed to bring the bag with you, neither on board nor in the hold.


You’re allowed to bring firearms and ammunition for shooting and hunting purposes in your checked baggage. You need to have the required permits and licenses and make a reservation for transportation.

Read more about bringing a firearm

Bringing a firearm to or from South Africa

If you are travelling to or from Johannesburg or Cape Town, a safety fee of EUR 50 per weapon applies. To make sure it’s all arranged, please contact the KLM Customer Contact Centre at least 48 hours before the departure of your flight.

Irregular sized or packed baggage

Note that we’ll unfortunately have to refuse your baggage if the packing or shape can cause damage or block the baggage handling system. This includes ball-shaped baggage and baggage packaged with clingfilm that’s meant for food packaging. Professional sealing is allowed if it doesn’t result in unmanageable baggage.

Prohibited items

You are not allowed to bring the following items in your checked baggage:

Frequently asked questions

Need help?

Although we’ve included most restricted or banned items, different local rules may apply. Please check the local airport and airline restrictions as well.

Is your item not mentioned on this page or do you have any questions about your checked luggage? Please contact your travel agency or the KLM Customer Contact Centre.