Travelling with restricted items

For safety and security reasons, travelling with certain items and substances is restricted – you'll find a list of common items and their packing instructions below.

What can I bring on a flight?

If you are departing from an airport within the European Union, you can check what items you can bring on board from the Finsecpro website.

Alcohol

✓ May be transported as carry-on baggage with some restrictions

✓ May be transported as checked baggage

! Maximum allowance per passenger is 5 litres in original, unopened bottles

✗ Alcoholic beverages containing more than 70% alcohol by volume are prohibited

Avalanche rescue backpack

✓ May be transported as carry-on and checked baggage

! Pyrotechnic trigger mechanism may not contain more than 200 mg of Div. 1.4S explosives 

! Must be packed in a way that the mechanism cannot accidentally be activated 


Prior approval from Finnair is needed

Batteries

✓ May be transported as carry-on baggage with several restrictions 

✗ May not be transported as checked baggage 

Lithium batteries are considered dangerous goods and their transportation is restricted. They may be carried on board in limited quantities for personal use only. 

Whenever possible, please carry your portable electronic devices (PED) that contain lithium batteries in your carry-on baggage. If you’re carrying a portable electronic device in your checked baggage, please make sure that the device is:

Completely switched off and protected from accidental activation.

Protected from the risk of accidental damage by applying suitable packaging or by being placed in a rigid bag protected by adequate cushioning, for example clothing.

Not carried in the same baggage together with any flammable materials (for example perfumes or aerosols).

Restrictions regarding lithium batteries:

✓ Lithium metal batteries containing up to 2 grams of lithium (e.g. cameras) and lithium ion batteries up to 100 watt-hours (e.g. mobile phones and laptops) may be transported as checked and carry-on baggage (carry-on is recommended) when installed in a portable device 

✓ Spare lithium metal batteries containing up to 2 grams of lithium and lithium ion batteries up to 100 watt-hours may be transported as carry-on baggage 

!  Lithium ion batteries over 100 but under 160 watt-hours (e.g. video cameras and portable medical devices) installed in a device and/or up to 2 spares: Prior approval from Finnair is needed 

✗ Lithium metal batteries containing over 2 grams of lithium and lithium ion batteries over 160 watt-hours (e.g. large power banks and car batteries) are forbidden as both checked and carry-on baggage 

✗ Recalled or damaged batteries that have not been manufactured according to good quality methods are forbidden as both checked and carry-on baggage 

!  If you’re travelling with a smart bag, the lithium battery must be removed before the bag can be transported as checked baggage. If the battery cannot be removed, the bag is forbidden as checked baggage.

!  When carrying spare batteries, the battery's electrical connections must be protected from contact with metal or other batteries, as this could cause the battery to short circuit. The best option is to keep batteries in their original packaging. If original packaging is unavailable, tape over the electrical connections. Placing each battery in its own individual plastic bag also will isolate the battery's connections. 

Read more

Camping stoves and fuel containers

✗ May not be transported as carry-on baggage 

✓ May be transported as checked baggage 

! The fuel tank of the camping stove and/or fuel container must be completely drained of all liquid fuel 

✗ Gas containers, full or empty, are forbidden as both checked and carry-on baggage 

Prior approval from Finnair is needed

Electronic cigarettes

✓ May be transported as carry-on baggage

✗ May not be transported as checked baggage

✗ Electronic cigarettes may not be used or recharged during the flight

Hairspray

✗ May not be transported as carry-on baggage

✓ May be transported as checked baggage

! Max. size of one bottle is 0,5 kg or 0,5 l

! Total acceptable amount of aerosol products per passenger is 2 kg or 2 l (includes perfumes, colognes, medicines containing alcohol, etc.)

! The bottle must be protected by a cap to prevent the contents from being accidentally released

Hoverboards and other self-balancing scooters + electric bikes

✗ Small vehicles powered by lithium ion batteries (e.g. AirWheel, SoloWheel, Hoverboards, Mini Segways) and electric bikes are forbidden as both checked and carry-on baggage, even if the battery is disconnected or removed

Liquids

✓ May be transported as carry-on baggage with several restrictions

✓ May be transported as checked baggage 

You can take as carry-on baggage: 

! Liquids in containers of max. 100 ml packed in a single, transparent, re-sealable 1-litre plastic bag

! Medicines, baby milk and baby food enough for the whole journey. You may be asked for proof of authenticity

! Duty-free goods in a sealed security bag. The item and receipt must remain sealed inside the security bag provided at the time of purchase 

Present your liquids separately from other carry-on baggage for screening at the airport security check.

Matches and cigarette lighters

✓ Permitted only when carried on the person, not as carry-on or checked baggage

! Only one small packet of matches or one cigarette lighter permitted

✗ Lighter fuel and lighter refills are forbidden as both checked and carry-on baggage

Medicine

✓ May be transported as carry-on and checked baggage

! If you need any medication during the flight or at the airport, pack it in your carry-on baggage

! Pack all medicines in a separate bag, preferably in the original packaging

! Take along the prescription and doctor's certificate, especially if your illness requires treatment with injectable medication

Self-inflating life jacket

✓ May be transported as carry-on and checked baggage

! Max. two small cylinders attached to the life jacket and max. two spare cylinders are permitted

Prior approval from Finnair is needed

Dangerous goods

Certain items are considered dangerous and are not permitted on board as carry-on baggage, and some items or substances are not permitted aboard the aircraft even as checked baggage.

The following items are prohibited in carry-on baggage

  • Guns, firearms and other devices that discharge projectiles.
  • Objects with a sharp edge or workmen's tools capable of being used to threaten the safety of the aircraft.
  • Devices designed specifically to stun or immobilise.
  • Tools capable of being used either to cause serious injury or to threaten the safety of the aircraft.
  • Blunt instruments capable of being used to cause serious injury when used to hit. 

The following items are prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage

Explosives and incendiary substances and devices capable of being used to cause serious injury or to pose a threat to the safety of the aircraft, including: 

  • ammunition,
  • blasting caps,
  • detonators and fuses,
  • mines, grenades and other explosive military stores,
  • fireworks and other pyrotechnics,
  • smoke-generating canisters and cartridges,
  • dynamite, gunpowder and plastic explosives.

This information applies to all flights operated by Finnair – if your trip includes flights operated by other airlines, please check their baggage regulations.