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Cabin Baggage

For your safety and comfort in flight and during boarding, the amount, the size and the weight of your cabin baggage are limited to the followings:


Allowance for Business class passenger:

Each passenger is allowed to carry TWO pieces of cabin baggage, which must not exceed 45 inches ( 22" x 14" x 9" or 56cm x 36cm x 23cm) in size and 7kg/15Ibs in weight for each cabin baggage


Allowance for Economy class passenger:

Each passenger is allowed to carry   ONE  piece of cabin baggage, which must not exceed 45 inches ( 22" x 14" x 9" or 56cm x 36cm x 23cm) in size and 7kg/15Ibs in weight.

Please note Duty-free items are included in your cabin baggage allowance. Any items exceeding the cabin baggage allowance must be checked in as normal baggage.

In addition to the checked and unchecked baggage allowance, passengers are entitled to bring  1 more small item  aboard the aircraft in addition to their cabin luggage. These items include:

  • ·      Small handbags

  • ·      Laptop bags

  • ·      Small backpacks

  • ·      Camera bags

  • ·      Briefcases


    At the boarding gate, all the excessive or bulky hand baggage, exceeding the limitations, will be intercepted and stowed in the aircraft hold. The excessive carry-on baggage will be subjected to a charge of HKD500 per piece (regardless of whether the check-in baggage allowance is used or not). 


    Please proceed to boarding gate at least 30 minutes before departure time in order to allow ample time to make arrangement for your excessive hand baggage. To maintain on time departure, Hong Kong Airlines reserves the right to refuse acceptance of late show passengers.


    Thank you very much for your cooperation.




Prohibited Items For Checked and Cabin Baggage

For safety reasons, dangerous goods such as those listed below must not be carried in passenger baggage (checked or unchecked):

Restricted Articles


Restricted articles are defined as those articles that must never be carried in the cabin of an aircraft or taken into the Security Restricted Area of an airport except by authorized persons who require them to undertake essential tasks. Such essential tasks may concern the operation of airport, aircraft, operational, engineering, airline/airport catering facilities and restaurants.

Authorized persons may include aircraft crewmembers that require the restricted article for the performance of normal in-flight duties or as part of mandatory emergency survival or medical equipment.

Some restricted articles, though prohibited from carriage in the cabin of the aircraft, may be transported by passengers in their hold baggage so long as the items will not endanger the aircraft, are properly packed, and are authorized for carriage by the airline operator concerned.

Some of these articles and substances classified as restricted articles will also fall under the classification of dangerous goods. With the exception of a small number of permitted items, dangerous goods must not be carried by passengers on their person or in their carry-on baggage or hold baggage.

The Aviation Security Authority may, in reaction to intelligence about a particular threat, also

decide that other items not normally classified as prohibited items or described below should also be excluded from carriage by passengers or any other person in the cabin of an aircraft or in hold baggage, or carried into the Security Restricted Area of an airport.


Restricted articles-Hold baggage

Although some restricted articles may be transported in passengers' hold baggage, the following items and substances may never be carried in hold baggage. This list includes both restricted articles and forbidden dangerous goods. There may be other items about which security staffs have concern; these may also be removed and, if necessary, confiscated if found.


Examples (not inclusive)


Mercury, vehicle batteries


Detonators, fuses, grenades, mines and explosives

Flammable liquids

Gasoline, methanol

Flammable solids and reactive substances

Magnesium, firelighters, fireworks, flares,


Propane, butane


Vehicle fuel system components which have contained fuel

Oxidizers and organic peroxides

Bleach, car body repair kits

Radioactive material

Medicinal or commercial isotopes

Toxic or infectious substances

Rat poison, infected blood

4.10.3 Examples of restricted articles by category

The items described in the following paragraphs are examples of items which fall into the six generic categories of restricted articles. This list is not intended to be all inclusive.


Category 1. Guns, firearms and other devices that discharge projectiles

Devices designed to cause serious injury by discharging a projectile, or capable of being mistaken for such devices, including:

  • l  firearms of all types, including pistols, revolvers, rifles, shotguns;

  • l  toy guns, replicas and imitation firearms capable of being mistaken for real weapons, such as gun lighters;

  • l  component parts of firearms (excluding telescopic sights);

  • l  compressed air and CO2 guns, including pistols, pellet guns, rifles and ball bearing guns;

  • l  signal flare pistols and starter pistols;

  • l  bows, cross bows and arrows;

  • l  harpoon guns and spear guns;  

  • l  slingshots and catapults.



Category 2. Stunning devices

Devices designed specially to stun or immobilize, including:

  • l  devices for shocking, such as stun guns and stun batons;

  • l  animal stunners and animal killers;  

  • l  disabling and incapacitating chemicals, gases and sprays, such as mace, pepper or capsicum spray, tear gas, acid sprays and animal repellent sprays.


Category 3. Objects with sharp points or sharp edges

Objects with a sharp points or sharp edge capable of being used to cause serious injury,

  • l  items designed for chopping, such as axes, hatchets and cleavers;

  • l  ice axes and ice picks;

  • l  ice skates;

  • l  razor blades, open razors (except safety or disposable razors with blades enclosed in cartridge), utility knives and box cutters;

  • l  lockable or flick knives with blades of any length;

  • l  knives, with blades of any length, made of metal or any other material strong enough to be used as a potential weapon (except knives with round ended blunt tip);

  • l  scissors with blades of more than 6cm as measured from the fulcrum;

  • l  martial arts equipment with sharp points or sharp edges;

  • l  swords and sabres;

  • l  darts;

  • l  ski poles;


Category 4. Worker's tools

Tools capable of being used either to cause serious injury or to threaten the safety of aircraft, including:

  • l  crowbars,

  • l  drills and drill bits, including cordless portable power drills;

  • l  tools with blades or shafts more than 6 cm capable of use as weapons, such as screwdrivers, chisels;

  • l  saws, including cordless portable power saws;

  • l  blowtorches;

  • l  bolt guns and nail guns;

  • l  hammers;

  • l  pliers;  

  • l  wrenches/ spanners.


Category 5. Blunt instruments

Objects capable of being used to cause serious injury when used to hit, including:

  • l  baseball and softball bats;

  • l  billiard and pool cues;

  • l  cricket bats, hockey sticks and lacrosse sticks;

  • l  golf clubs;

  • l  clubs and batons, such as billy clubs, blackjacks and night sticks;

  • l  martial arts equipment, including knuckledusters, clubs, coshes, rice flails, numchucks, kubatons, kubasaunts.


Category 6. Explosives and incendiary substances and devices

Explosive or incendiary substances or devices capable of being used to cause serious injury or

threatening the safety of the aircraft, including:

  • l  ammunition;

  • l  blasting caps;

  • l  detonators and fuses;

  • l  replica or imitation explosives devices;

  • l  mines, grenades and other explosive military stores;

  • l  pyrotechnics including fireworks, party poppers, toy caps;

  • l  smoke-generating canisters or cartridges;

  • l  dynamite, gunpowder and plastic explosives.


Liquids, Aerosols and Gels (LAGs)


While Liquids, Aerosols and Gels (LAGs) are not prohibited to be carried into the sterile area and on board a passenger aircraft, they shall be restricted by the following security measures:

  1. 1.     LAGs must be in containers with a maximum capacity of not more than 100ml each. LAGs in containers larger than 100ml will not be accepted, even if the container is partially-filled;

  2. 2.     Containers must be placed in a transparent re-sealable plastic bag with a maximum capacity not exceeding 1- liter. These containers must fit comfortably within the transparent re-sealable plastic bag, which should be completely closed;

  3. 3.     Only one transparent re-sealable plastic bag will be permitted per passenger;

  4. 4.     The transparent re-sealable plastic bag must be presented separately for examination at the security screening point.


Examples of LAGs include:

  • l  Drinks, including water and juices

  • l  Soups and sauces

  • l  Perfumes and deodorants (liquid or liquid-solid mixture)

  • l  Creams, balms, lotions and oil

  • l  Cosmetics such as mascara and lip gloss

  • l  Pastes, including toothpaste

  • l  Pressurized foams and sprays, including shaving foam, hairspray and spray deodorants

  • l  Gels, including hair and shower gels

  • l  Contact lens solution

  • l  Any other items of similar consistency


Exemption from the above restrictions on LAGs will apply to:

  1. 1.     Medications in quantities reasonably sufficient for the flight's duration. Doctors' prescription is not mandatory but passengers are encouraged to provide for expedient screening.

  2. 2.     Baby food (e.g. milk, juice, sterilized water) in quantities reasonably sufficient for the flight's duration and when a baby or child is travelling along with the passenger.

  3. 3.     Special dietary items without which the passenger's health will be threatened. Such items should also be in quantities reasonably sufficient for the flight's duration.

  4. 4.     Flight crew in uniform and on duty on the day(s) of journey.

  5. 5.     Tools of trade for airport staff (e.g. detergent used by cleaners) entering the sterile area and on board aircraft.

  6. 6.     LAGs items in quantities more than 100ml, such as liquor and perfumes, purchased at Hong Kong International Airport or at other airports, shall be placed in sealed tamper-evident bags, with the receipt clearly displayed in the sealed bags.


Safety regulations regarding passengers carrying liquid, aerosols and gels on Australian flights





The restrictions on travel with liquids are the same as regular travel.

However, please be aware that there is a secondary security screening of your liquid items at the gate of Hong Kong International airport for all passengers departing for Australia. This is to ensure that no excessive liquid, gas or aerosol items (over 100ml per bottle and 1,000ml in total) are carried on board. All excessive items / quantity of liquid must be disposed immediately before boarding.

Passengers arriving in Australia without further connecting flights can purchase duty free liquid items in-flight on the last sector of their journey.                             


Awareness of Dangerous Goods


Dangerous Goods (DG) are articles and substances which are capable of posing a risk to health, safety, property or the environment. Their carriage is strictly controlled by international dangerous goods regulations which specify the conditions under which dangerous goods can be transported without risking the safety of people and property.


These regulations prohibit the carriage of dangerous goods in passenger baggage. However, certain items may be carried in hand or checked baggage provided they are limited in quantity and for personal use only.


Many types of dangerous goods may be carried as cargo provided the applicable conditions for their carriage have been met according to the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations in terms of classification, limitations, packing, and declaration.


The transport of dangerous goods by air within Hong Kong is governed by the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department. These rules apply to all passengers, crew members and airline staff. It is against the law to carry or accept dangerous good for air travel without fully complying with the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations.


Definition of Dangerous Goods


According to the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations,

"Dangerous goods are articles or substances which are capable of posing a risk to health, safety, property or the environment and which are shown in the list of dangerous goods in these Regulations or which are classified according to these Regulations"


Hazard Classes

Dangerous goods are divided into nine classes (in addition to several subcategories) on the basis of the specific chemical characteristics producing the risk. Some hazard classes are further subdivided into hazard division due to the wide scope of the class. Items labeled and accepted as dangerous goods cannot travel as checked or carry-on baggage except otherwise allowed in accordance with CSM (Common Safety Method) or DGR (Dangerous Goods Regulations). The nine hazard classes and their divisions are listed below,





Division 1.1 - Articles and substances having a mass explosion hazard

Division 1.2- Articles and substances having a projection hazard but not a mass explosion hazard

Division 1.3 - Articles and substances having a fire hazard, a minor blast hazard and/or a minor projection hazard but a mass explosion hazard

Division 1.4 - Articles and substances presenting no significant hazard

Division 1.5 - Very insensitive substances having a mass explosion hazard

Division 1.6 - Extremely insensitive articles which do not have a mass explosion hazard

Munitions, fireworks, flares,TNT, dynamite or torpedoes





Division 2.1 - Flammable gas

Division 2.2 - Non-flammable, non-toxic gas

Division 2.3 - Toxic gas

Division 2.1 - Butane, propane, acetylene and lighters

Division 2.2 - Fire extinguishers, liquefied nitrogen or helium

Division 2.3 - Most toxic gases are forbidden for carriage by air





This class has no sub-division

Lighter fuels, thinners, paints, alcohol, acetone and petrol







Division 4.1 - Flammable solids, self-reactive substances and solid desensitized explosives

Division 4.2 - Substances liable to spontaneous combustion

Division 4.3 - Substances which, in contact with water, emit flammable gases

Division 4.1 -Celluloid, matches or sulphur

Division 4.2 - Phosphorus

Division 4.3 - Calcium carbide and sodium





Division 5.1 - Oxidizer

Division 5.2 - Organic peroxides

Division 5.1 - Calcium chlorate, ammonium nitrate fertilizer and bleaches

Division 5.2 - Hydrogen peroxide





Division 6.1 - Toxic substances

Division 6.2 - Infectious substances

Division 6.1 - Arsenic, nicotine, cyanide, pesticides and strychnine

Division 6.2 - Bacteria, virus, biological products, and medical waste





This class has no sub-division

Instrument containing radioactive source radioisotopes for research





This class has no sub-division

Mercury contained in thermometers, acids, alkalis and wet-cell batteries





This class has no sub-division

Articles and substances, which during air transport, present a danger not covered by other classes


Carbon dioxide, solid (dry ice);

Life saving appliances;

Engine, internal combustion



Dangerous Goods Notice

Items may Contain or Indicate the Presence of Dangerous Goods


Typical examples of items that may contain or indicate the presence of dangerous goods are:


Type of Baggage

Possible Contents

Breathing apparatus

Compressed air or oxygen

Camping equipment

Flammable gases, liquids or solids


Compressed or liquefied gases

Dental Apparatus

Flammable resins or solvents, compressed or liquefied gas, mercury and radioactive materials

Diving Equipment

Compressed air or a special gas mixture. Emptied cylinders are acceptable. Diving lamps may contain rechargeable lead acid batteries and generate extremely high heat when operated in air. In order to be carried safely, the bulb or battery must be discounted

Household Cleanser

Stain removers and detergents may contain ammonia

Photographic Equipment

May contain Hazardous Chemicals

Frozen Food

May be packed in dry ice

Electrical Equipment

Magnetized materials or mercury in switch gear and electron tubes or wet batteries in uninterrupted power supplies

Electrically Powered

Apparatus (wheelchairs)

May contain wet cell or lithium batteries

Expeditionary Equipment

Explosives (flares), flammable liquids (gasoline), flammable gas (camping gas)

Film Crew or Media


Explosive pyrotechnic devices, generators incorporating internal combustion engines, wet cell batteries

Fuels, Fuel Control Unit

Flammable liquids, flammable solids or flammable gases

Household Goods

Flammable liquids such as solvent based paint, bleach, drain cleaners, etc


Barometers, mercury switches, etc. containing mercury

Photographic Supplies

Flammable liquids, flammable solids, oxidizers, organic peroxides, toxic or corrosive substances


Notice of Carriage of SPARE Lithium Batteries and Portable Battery Charger

NO Spare Lithium Batteries and Portable Battery Chargers in Check-in Baggage; ONLY allowable in Carry-

on Baggage




Spare Lithium Batteries in carry-on baggage

Lithium Batteries Installed in Equipments in carry-on baggage

≤ 100 Watt-hour

20 pieces per passenger

10 pieces in total per passenger *

>100 to ≤ 160 Watt-hour

2 pieces per passenger

>160 Watt-hour  

Not Allowed

Not Allowed



the maximum number of equipment/electronic devices containing lithium batteries (each within 160Wh or 2g) for carriage in check-in baggage is 10 pieces per passenger, and up to 10 pieces in bag. For example:

- 10 pieces per passenger in total (e.g. one passenger checks in two bags)

- 10 pieces maximum in one bag (e.g. two passengers check in one bag only)


** Please contact our Airport Services Staff if you have any enquiry

Do not carry restricted items in Hong Kong

According to the Laws of Hong Kong, it is illegal for the residents of Hong Kong, visitors or transit passengers going through Hong Kong International Airport, to carry the following items within the territory of Hong Kong, irrespective of whether these items are stored in the hand-carried luggage or hold luggage :


Ban on Power Motorized Scooters   (or named as airwheel, solowheel, hoverboard, mini-segway, other balance wheel) .




Due to the possibility of fire risk, Hong Kong Airlines has imposed a total ban on transporting such devices (Power Motorized Scooters or named as airwheel, solowheel, hoverboard, mini-segway, other balance wheel and related accessories) as checked-in baggage and hand carry baggage on all Hong Kong Airlines flights. The above handling will apply to interline transit passengers who bring small vehicles running on lithium ion batteries with connection on HX.

According to baggage rules, Hong Kong Airlines passengers are not allowed to bring small vehicles running on lithium ion batteries onto the aircraft. If these items are brought to the airport, item will be rejected at check-in and it will be the passenger's responsibility to arrange disposal of such banned items prior to boarding. As the items have a flammable risk, Hong Kong Airlines will not store these items.

Please note:

Effective 7th December, 2015, small vehicles powered by lithium ion batteries are forbidden in passenger checked and cabin baggage.


Security Notice to Passengers Boarding Aircraft



Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department
Passengers are prohibited from carrying the following items aboard aircraft:
Knife and knife-like object of any length and description; or bladed items, including but not limited to household cutlery, cutters, scissors or razor blades.


For full details of all restricted items, please visit the website of Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department .

General Administration of Civil Aviation of China
From 7 April 2008 onwards, passengers travelling from any destinations in mainland China are prohibited from carrying cigarette lighters and matches aboard civil aircraft.


For details of the announcement (in Simplified Chinese only), please visit the website of General Administration of Civil Aviation of China .


Cabin Baggage Restrictions on Liquids, Aerosols &Gels



Various countries have implemented restrictions on the carriage of liquids, aerosols and gels in compliance with the new guidelines laid down by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) .

The restrictions are as follows:

  1. 1.      All liquids, gels, aerosols in cabin baggage have to be carried in containers with a capacity not greater than 100ml. Liquids, gels, aerosols carried in containers larger than 100ml are not to be accepted, even if the container is only partially-filled;
  2. 2.      Containers have to be placed in a transparent re-sealable plastic bag of a maximum capacity not exceeding one litre. The containers must fit comfortably within the transparent plastic bag, which should be completely sealed;
  3. 3.      The plastic bag has to be presented separately from other cabin baggage for visual examination at the screening point. Only one transparent plastic bag per passenger is permitted; and
  4. 4.      Exemptions would be made for medications, baby milk/ food and special dietary requirements subject to verification.





The following countries/cities have imposed the above restrictions on departing flights.

Country/City Details and Website
China General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (in Simplified Chinese only)
Hong Kong Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department
Japan Japan's Civil Aviation Bureau
Korea (refer to above restrictions)
The Philippines All liquid, aerosols and gels are banned from cabin baggage.
These items are to be placed in the checked baggage and shall be confiscated if found at the final screening point.
Vietnam (refer to above restrictions)