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Baggage Restrictions

Items not permitted in checked baggage

For safety reasons, articles such as those listed below shall not be carried in passengers' cabin/hold baggage without the consent of Icelandair and prior arrangement. Note: The items must in general be shipped as cargo.

Please note: If you attempt to travel to or from the USA and Canada with any of the prohibited devices, you risk being denied boarding.

Explosives and Incendiary Substances and Devices Capable of being used to cause serious injury or to pose a threat to the safety of aircraft.
Corrosives Mercury, acids, alkalis, mercury and wet cell batteries.
Compressed Gases

Butane, oxygen, propane and aqualung cylinders.
(Deeply refrigerated, flammable, non-flammable and poisonous)

Infectious Substances Bacteria and viruses.
Poisons Insecticides, herbicides, arsenic and cyanides.
Radioactive Material
Explosives of Any Kind Fireworks, flares, ammunition and firearms.
Oxidizing Materials < Organic Peroxides Bleaches and fiberglass repair kits.
Flammable Liquids and Solids Lighter or heater fuels, cleaning spirits, paint, and all MATCHES.
Medicinal and Toilet Articles May be carried in small quantities.
Safety Matches May be carried on the person.
Briefcases and Attaché Cases With installed alarm devices containing lithium batteries and/or pyrotechnic devices.

Certain items of dangerous goods are allowed as baggage and may require prior approval from Icelandair.

What not to include in your checked baggage

In baggage which you are going to check in, you are advised not to include any fragile or perishable items, money, keys, jewelry, electronic equipment, precious metals or silverware, negotiable instruments or securities, business documents, valuable articles, medication or medical papers, passports or other identification documents or samples.

Passengers traveling to/from the United States are advised to take note of the TSA (US Transportation Security Administration) restrictions on locking checked-in baggage. Also, lighters and matches are now entirely prohibited on flights to and from the USA, both in checked baggage and as carry-on items. 

What not to include in your carry-on baggage

The following items are not permitted in carry-on baggage:

  • Stun devices designed specifically to stun or immobilize.
  • Objects with a sharp point or sharp edges capable of being used to cause serious injury are not permitted on board.

In some cases, items used to knit, stitch or crochet can fall under this restriction. However, many knitting needles and crochet hooks are blunt enough to fall outside this particular provision. Keep in mind that airport officials are within their right to confiscate knitting needles and other handcraft items if they deem that the items in question can potentially fall within the sharp objects provision.

  • Workmen’s tools capable of being used either to cause serious injury or to threaten the safety of aircraft.
  • Blunt instruments capable of being used to cause serious injury when used to hit.
  • Explosives and incendiary substances and devices capable, or appearing capable, of being used to cause serious injury or to pose a threat to the safety of aircraft.

Information on security restrictions for baggage when traveling from Iceland, within or from Europe may be found on the European Commission (EC) website. Information on security restrictions for baggage when traveling from the US may be found on the US Transportation Security website.

We must show consideration for the space and security of all of our passengers, so please note that our personnel are not required to accommodate any large carry-on baggage such as framed pictures.

Oversized baggage will be stowed in the baggage compartment of the airplane with a bag tag on according to its destination.

As for the baggage you take into the cabin of an Icelandair aircraft, you are responsible for it and should place it under the seat in front of you or in the overhead compartment.

Liquid limitations

Liquids, aerosols, or gels (LAGs)

LAGs are any gels, pastes, lotions, liquid/solid mixtures, or the contents of any pressurized containers. Examples of LAGs include, but are not limited to, alcoholic beverages, toothpastes, hair gel, beverages, soups, syrups, perfume, shaving foam, aerosols, and other items of similar consistency.

The volume capacity of individual containers may not exceed 100 milliliters (3 ounces).

The combined volume of LAGs cannot exceed 1 liter (1 quart). The LAGs must be presented in one transparent resealable plastic bag of a capacity not exceeding 1 liter.

The following exceptions may be made to the 100ml/1L rule:

  • Parents traveling with infants can bring as much fluid as needed to feed infants when traveling.
  • Anyone who requires regular medication can bring his or her necessary dose on board. This also applies to fluid pharmaceuticals and injectable preparations.
  • All medication should be accompanied by a prescription or doctor‘s certificate in English if airport officials require proof of need for the pharmaceuticals you intend to bring in your hand luggage.
  • Liquid medication that is not required in-flight should be carried as hold luggage.

Liquids in carry-on baggage

Liquids may be carried inside your cabin luggage provided that they meet the following conditions:

  • No container may hold more than 100 milliliters (3 ounces) of liquid.
  • All the liquid containers must fit easily in a clear, resealable plastic bag, in which the liquids total no more than 1 liter (1 quart).
  • Each person may have only one such plastic bag.

Container refers to any bottle, flask, tube, canister or other object that can hold a liquid.

Since most drink cans and bottles can hold more than 100ml (1dl), they are not permitted beyond security screening.

You may carry on board other necessities for your personal use during the flight, provided that airport security screeners do not consider them a security risk.

Generally, acceptable necessities will include:

  • Prescribed medicines in quantities sufficient for the duration of the flight
  • Baby food
  • Food needed for special diets

Lithium battery restrictions

When carrying spare lithium batteries for laptops and/or any spare fuel cells and cartridges for the powering of electronic devices for cameras, cellphones, laptops and camcorders, items must be carried in carry-on baggage. If your carry-on baggage is removed from the cabin and stowed in the hold you must declare such items before removal.

It is forbidden to carry on board an aircraft damaged, defective or recalled lithium batteries or devices. If a damaged, defective or recalled battery or device is noticed to have been carried inadvertently on board an aircraft, the passenger concerned must keep the battery or device turned off, protect it from accidental activation (also disabling any features that may turn it on), keep it on their person, and not charge it at any time. Immediately inform the cabin crew when a device is damaged, hot, produces smoke, is lost, or falls into the seat structure.

Sporting weapons

You can only transport sporting weapons as cargo or checked baggage, and only if they are:

  • Hunting weapons, used to hunt game, birds and other animals.
  • Firearms for target shooting, clay-pigeon shooting and competition shooting, providing the weapons are not those on standard issue to military forces.
  • Air pistol, dart gun, starting pistol, etc.

Please note: Antique weapons may be accepted even though they do not comply with any of the above.

The transport of ammunition for sporting weapons is only allowed if they are for the personal use of the accompanying person, they are securely boxed and in quantities not exceeding 5kg (11lb). Ammunition must be separately packed from the sporting weapon.