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Restricted Baggage on Icelandair Flights

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.

The following items must in general be shipped as cargo. Certain items of dangerous goods are allowed as baggage and may require prior approval from Icelandair. View a full list of items that require approval.

Check-in Baggage Restrictions

Explosives and Incendiary Substances and Devices Explosives and incendiary substances and devices capable of being used to cause serious injury or to pose a threat to the safety of aircraft, including:
- Ammunition;
- Blasting caps;
- Detonators and fuses;
- Mines, grenades and other explosive military stores;
- Fireworks and other pyrotechnics;
- Smoke-generating canisters and smoke-generating cartridges;
- Dynamite, gunpowder and plastic explosives.
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.
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.
Personal Transportation Devices Including hoverboards, balance wheels, scooters or any device powered by lithium batteries.

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.

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,  passports or other identification documents or samples.

Passengers travelling to/from the United States are advised to take note of the TSA (US Transportation Security Administration) restrictions on locking checked-in baggage.


Battery-powered e-cigarettes, vaporizers, vape pens, atomizers, and electronic nicotine delivery systems may only be carried in the aircraft cabin (in carry-on baggage or on your person).

It is prohibited to use these devices during the flight. Recharging of these devices and/or batteries on board the aircraft is not permitted and the passenger must take measures to prevent accidental activation. Spare batteries must be individually protected to prevent short circuits.

Carry-on Baggage Restrictions

Guns, firearms and other devices that discharge projectiles Devices capable, or appearing capable, of being used to cause serious injury by discharging a projectile.
Stun Devices Devices specifically designed or intended to stun or immobilize.
Industrial Utilities or Power Tools Workmen’s tools capable of being used either to cause serious injury or to threaten the safety of aircraft.
Sharp or Pointy Objects 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. Many knitting needles and crochet hooks are blunt enough to fall outside this particular provision.
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.
Blunt Instruments Blunt objects capable of being used to cause serious injury when used to hit.
Explosives and incendiary substances 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.

What Not to Include in Your Carry-on Baggage

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

All over-sized baggage will be stowed in the baggage compartment of the airplane with a bag tag on according to its destination. 

You, as a passenger, are solely responsible for any baggage you bring into the cabin of an Icelandair aircraft, with you. It should be placed in the overhead compartment or under the seat in front of you.

Liquids in Carry-on Baggage

Liquids may be carried inside your cabin luggage provided that they meet the following conditions (applies only for international flights):

Maximum Volume of Container* No container may hold more than 100 milliliters (3 ounces) of liquid.
Outer Container* / Plastic Bags 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).
Quantity per Person 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.

Limitations on 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 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:

Item Description
Parents travelling with infants Parents travelling with their infants are allowed to bring as much fluid as necessary to feed their infants when travelling.
Regular Medication 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 In general, 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 Any medication that is not required during the flight should be checked-in.

Rules for Powders in Carry-On Bags to USA

From June 30, 2018, the USA’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will implement new requirements regarding powders in carry-on bags for international flights to the United States.

Powder-like substances 12 oz (350 ml) or larger are prohibited in the cabin of the aircraft, with the following exceptions:

  • medically prescribed powder-like substances
  • baby formula
  • human remains
  • duty-free purchases if placed in a STEB (security tamper-evident bag).

Powder-like substances are defined as dry particles produced by the grinding, crushing, or disintegration of a solid substance, such as flour, sugar, ground coffee, spices, and cosmetics.

Please note that powder-like substances of any quantity may be placed in checked baggage and transported in the baggage hold area of the aircraft.


On-board Necessities

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 Medicine in quantities sufficient for the duration of the flight
Food / Nutrition Necessary baby food and 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.

Hunting Gear

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

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

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

Transport of hunting gear and sporting weapons is only allowed if they are for the personal use of the accompanying person. See more information on transportation of hunting gear.