Packing 101: What not to bring on your next flight

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Memorandum Circular 2015-02 or the Revised Prohibited Items List adheres to standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Department of Transportation and Communications' (DOTC) Office for Transportation Security (OTS) released on Tuesday (July 14) an updated list of items that passengers aren't allowed to bring when traveling via airplane.

Memorandum Circular 2015-02 or the Revised Prohibited Items List, which was issued late last month, applies to all flights originating within the country and adheres to standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization.

According to the OTS, the revised list was created because of "evolving levels of threat affecting transportation security in the international and domestic level."

Certainly not allowed

The following are the items that shouldn't be in any of your baggage, whether it be hand-carry or check-in:

  • air guns
  • ammunition shells or bullets
  • bolt guns
  • components of guns and firearms
  • compressed air guns
  • firearms
  • flare guns
  • harpoon guns
  • nail guns
  • pellet guns
  • pistols
  • replicas or imitation firearms
  • revolvers
  • rifles
  • shotguns
  • spear guns
  • sport-related firearms
  • tear gas
  • all types of explosives and incendiary substances and devices

Should be checked in

Other items, meanwhile, will be allowed on board planes as long as they are safely packed in checked-in or hold luggage.

Under Guns, Firearms, and Other Devices that Discharge Projectiles, items that should be checked-in are:

  • projectile-capable devices such as slingshots and crossbows


Under Stunning Devices, items that should be checked-in are:

  • acid spray
  • insect or animal repellent
  • mace or pepper spray
  • stun gun

All objects with sharp points and edges, on the other hand, are not allowed in cabin and are required to be "sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers."

The same rule would apply to workers' tools and blunt instruments (except crutches or walking aids).

Liquid, aerosoles and gels

And when it comes to liquid, aerosoles and gels, passengers will only be allowed to bring them in individual containers. The capacity of these containers should not exceed 100ml. These containers should also be placed in transparent, resealable packaging.

According to the OTS, "only one transparent 20cm x 20cm resealable plastic bag shall be allowed" in the cabin for each passenger.

Exceptions to this rule are:

  • medications
  • baby milk or baby food
  • special delivery requirements

The OTS added that if necessary items exceed 100ml or are not contained in the prescribed resealable plastic bag, the said items should be surrendered to a security officer for "further inspection."