MANILA (UPDATE) – Tear gas, disguised lighters, and gun replicas. These are just some of the items that airplane passengers flying out of the Philippines are prohibited to bring in their carry-on and checked-in baggage.
The Department of Transportation and Communications-Office of Transportation Security recently released a revised list of prohibited items that applies to flights originating within the country.
Under memorandum circular MC2015-02 posted by the Office for Transportation Security, seven categories of items are prohibited.
Under Guns, Firearms and Other Devices That Discharge Projectiles, prohibited in the aircraft include air guns; bolt guns; gun and firearm components; flare guns; nail guns; pellet guns; pistols; revolvers; rifles; shotguns; spear guns; and, any sport-related firearms.
The circular noted that “all forms of firearms and guns must be endorsed to the appropriate Law Enforcement Officer (Presidential Decree No. 1866).”
Projectile-capable devices such as slingshots; bow and arrows; and crossbows, however, are allowed to be checked in but are prohibited in carry-on luggage.
Under Stunning Devices, tear gas is banned in both carry-on and check-in luggage, but acid spray, insect/animal repellant spray, pepper spray, and stun guns can be checked in.
Also banned in flights are explosives such as grenades, dynamites, pyrotechnics, fireworks, and ammunition. Other fire-starting devices like matches, disguised lighters, lighter fluids, and fuels are also not allowed in carry-on and check-in luggage.
Several sharp objects like knives, letter openers, nail files, nail cutters, razor blades, scissors, and disguised objects with sharp objects as well as blunt objects like umbrellas and large tripods are prohibited in the cabin but can be checked in.
Liquid, aerosols and gels (LAG) in individual containers with a capacity not greater than 100 milliliters and contained in one transparent resealable plastic bag of a capacity not exceeding one liter are allowed in the cabin.
However, only one transparent 20cm x 20cm resealable plastic bag will be allowed for each passenger.
“Exceptions should be made for medications, baby milk/food and special delivery requirement. All types of LAGs regardless of volume when labeled as flammable (highly combustible & self-igniting by chemical reaction), corrosive or toxic is not allowed in the cabin or in the hold,” the circular said.