Restricted and prohibited items

Transportation of hazardous materials

Federal law forbids the carriage of hazardous materials aboard aircraft, in your luggage, or on your person. A violation can result in 5 years imprisonment and penalties of $250,000 or more (49U.S.C. 524).

Dangerous items we don’t allow on board

There are some items that are simply not safe to transport aboard an airplane. If there’s a question as to whether it’s safe to bring on board, then you should probably leave it at home. But for more information, you can visit the following resources:

Federal laws don’t allow you to pack hazardous materials in your checked or carry-on bags. Some common examples include:

  • Bags that are self-balancing or self-riding
  • Camping equipment containing fuel
  • Defense sprays like mace, pepper sprays (including bear spray), and tear gas
  • Explosives like fireworks, gunpowder, flares, and flare guns
  • Ready-to-eat meals (MREs) with a flameless heater
  • Shock absorbers
  • Smart bags with non-removable batteries
  • Tasers

Dangerous items that have some restrictions

Personal items such as deodorant, hairspray, nail polish, perfume, and certain medicines can be brought on the plane but with restrictions. If you’re packing them in your carry-on bag, each container can’t be more than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters). You should also place them in a clear, quart-sized bag. If you’re packing these items in your checked bag, each container can’t be more than 16 ounces. And there’s a limit of 70 ounces total for each Customer.

Read on for more examples of items that have restrictions

Avalanche airbag packs

Avalanche airbag packs with a lithium battery under 100WH are allowed as checked or carry-on bags. If you’re checking an avalanche airbag pack, you must remove the battery beforehand. Once removed, the battery can be brought on board in your personal or carry-on bag. Your pack will need to be inspected and approved by one of our representatives before we accept it. Avalanche airbag packs that contain 1.4s and CO2 aren’t allowed aboard the airplane.


You can pack the following batteries in checked and carry-on bags. Please ensure you pack the batteries properly so the positive terminal won’t come in contact with the negative terminal, causing a short circuit.

  • AA-9V
  • AAA
  • C
  • Carbon zinc
  • D alkaline
  • Nickel metal hydride
  • Silver oxide

Recalled, damaged, or defective batteries

Any batteries or devices known to be recalled, damaged, or defective aren’t allowed aboard the airplane.

Lithium batteries

  • You can pack personal devices that have lithium batteries of less than 100-watt hours in your checked and carry-on bags. However, devices like e-cigarettes and personal vaporizers are not allowed in checked bags.
  • Loose lithium batteries are not allowed to be packed in checked bags. When packing loose lithium batteries in carry-on bags, you must individually protect each one to prevent a positive terminal from coming in contact with a negative terminal, causing a short circuit. We recommend you place each battery in original retail packaging, separate plastic bags, or protective pouches. You can also insulate the batteries by taping over exposed terminals. Spare batteries cannot come in contact with metal objects like coins, keys, or jewelry. Please do not put pressure on the batteries and take steps to prevent batteries from being crushed or punctured.
  • In most cases, you can pack up to two larger lithium batteries (more than 100-watt hours, but not more than 160-watt hours) in carry-on bags if the terminals are properly covered or insulated. If you’re traveling with a battery-operated mobility device, please see Special Services and Assistance
  • If you check your carry-on bag at the gate, you must remove any lithium batteries and power banks.
  • For the most up-to-date information about lithium batteries, visit the DOT’s Air Travel Tips page and the FAA’s website.

Customer-provided ventilators, respirators and CPAP machines

We require a 48-hour minimum advance notification to our Customer Support Center at (346) 616-9500 if you will be using a ventilator, respirator, or CPAP machine on board your flight. The Customer Support Center will make sure the device you are planning to use is on the list of currently approved devices and will also suggest the number of batteries you will need for your flight. When you book your flight, you can help by giving us information from the manufacturer, ensuring that the device meets FAA regulations.

There may be some seating restrictions when bringing these devices aboard the plan based on certain FAA safety rules.

Avelo Airlines does not include planes with in-seat power. Therefore, you must have an ample supply of fully charged batteries, plus three hours of extra battery time for the flight. In case of electronic equipment failure or unforeseen delays, we recommend that you travel with manually operated backup supplies.

Ventilators, respirators, and CPAP machines are considered assistive devices. They must be stowed and used in the passenger cabin consistent with TSA, FAA, and other regulations governing carry-on bags.

Dry ice

Dry ice (frozen carbon dioxide)

Dry ice may be carried under the following conditions:

  1. A maximum of 5.5 pounds (2.5 kilograms) of dry ice per Customer is accepted in a checked bag or carry-on bag.
  2. The cooler or package must allow the release of carbon dioxide gas and state “Dry Ice” or “Carbon Dioxide Solid” and specify the net weight of the dry ice material.
  3. Styrofoam containers are not accepted. We encourage the use of gel packs or similar products as an alternative to dry ice.


Avelo will not accept assembled firearms or ammunition for transportation, except as provided below and subject to the size and weight specifications contained below.

  1. Firearms (e.g., sport rifles, shotguns, and handguns) may be transported as checked bags on all routes except flights to San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU), so long as they are unloaded and encased in a hard sided, locked container acceptable to Avelo for withstanding normal baggage handling without sustaining damage to the firearm, with the Customer retaining possession of the key or combination to the container lock. Locking, hard-sided baggage will not be considered an acceptable container. Firearms may not be packed loose inside a checked bag. Laws regarding the carrying of firearms vary by destination, and it is the responsibility of the customer carrying a firearm to know and adhere to all local requirements.
  2. Small arms ammunition intended for sport or hunting will be accepted only if carried within sturdy checked bags and, in the manufacturer’s, original container or an equivalent fiber, wood, or metal container specifically designed to carry ammunition and providing for sufficient cartridge separation. Magazines and clips containing ammunition must be securely packaged to protect the cartridge primers. Avelo will accept ammunition weighing no more than 11 total pounds (5 kilograms) per Customer.
  3. Gun Boxes. Gun boxes designed to hold no more than two sporting rifles, two shotguns or two handguns are subject to excess, oversize and overweight charges, if applicable.

Fitbit Ionic Smartwatch

It has been determined that in very limited instances, the battery in the Ionic smartwatch can overheat, posing a burn hazard. Ionic has 3 buttons and a colored LCD. To see an image of the Iconic smartwatch and learn more about the recall, please visit

Gasoline-powered tools and equipment

We only allow gasoline-powered tools and equipment, such as chainsaws and weed cutters, if they’re brand new and you remove the fuel source or purge the fuel. If the latter, you must provide a letter from the company that purged the fuel.

High-value, fragile and perishable items

We recommend keeping high-value, fragile, or perishable items in your carry-on bag or personal item instead of checked bags. These items count toward the amount of carry-on and checked bags you’re allowed to bring on board.

If you choose to pack high-value, fragile, or perishable items in your checked bags (or as checked bags), we’re not liable for the loss of, damage to, or delay in delivery of such items.

Household items

Some household items are flammable or corrosive, and we don’t allow the following items aboard the airplane:

  • Aerosol items, like spray paint, household cleaners, and pesticides
  • Bleach
  • Drain cleaners
  • Epoxy
  • Fuel
  • Gel fuel
  • Glue
  • Insecticides
  • Matches (the strike-anywhere kind)
  • Paint (only certain kinds)
  • Torch lighters
  • Spray starch

We allow medicinal or toiletry aerosol cans if:

  • They’re not larger than 16 ounces per container in checked bags
  • They’re not larger than 3 ounces per container in carry-on bags

Life jackets

We accept one carbon dioxide-powered inflatable life jacket as a checked or carry-on bag, but you must pack carbon dioxide cartridges in checked bags.

We’ll also accept up to two small nonflammable gas cylinders fitted into the life jacket and up to two small spare cartridges.

If the life jacket has flares or flare guns attached to it, you must remove them before checking the item or bringing it on board the airplane.

Lighters, matches, and e-cigarettes

We don’t accept e-cigarettes and personal vaporizers in checked or gate-checked bags. When traveling, please pack these items in your carry-on bag or personal item.

The TSA allows common lighters in carry-on bags, but not torch lighters.

Mobility devices

See our Special services and assistance page for more information about traveling with a mobility device.

Powered air purifying respirators

Because these devices have been linked to incidents of inflight fires and pose a risk to passengers and the plane, powered air purifying respirators (PAPR devices) are not permitted for use on board the aircraft. You may pack PAPR devices in your checked or carry-on bags, however, you must remove and store batteries prior to transport, ensuring you prevent the batteries from short circuiting.

Recreational self-propelled vehicles, hoverboards and riding suitcases

To keep everyone safe, we don’t accept any recreational self-propelled vehicles or devices designed to carry one or more persons or goods.

Such devices or vehicles include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Smart balance wheels and boards, such as hoverboards, air boards, and skateboards
  • Self-balancing wheeled devices such as Ninebot
  • Battery-assisted bicycles such as e-bikes
  • Wheeled vehicles or motorcycles
  • Electrically powered scooters
  • Riding or motorized suitcases

Scuba tanks

We don’t allow tanks under 40 PSI in carry-on or checked bags. We allow anything higher only if the regulator valve is completely disconnected and the tank is no longer sealed. If the tank is sealed, we won’t allow it regardless of the reading on the pressure gauge indicator.

TSA will only allow scuba tanks through security if they can see inside them.

See our page about Special baggage and sports equipment for more information about scuba equipment.

Smart bags

In the interest of everyone’s safety, we don’t allow smart bags with non-removable lithium batteries aboard the airplane.

Smart bags are high-tech suitcases that typically include integrated lithium batteries, providing power for features like:

  • USB charging
  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity
  • RFID
  • GPS tracking
  • Electronic locks

If your bag has a removable lithium battery, please take it out before checking your bag or bringing it aboard the airplane.

Sports equipment

At Avelo, we’re happy to accept most sports equipment. Specific guidelines and packaging requirements may apply to certain items. See our Special baggage and sports equipment page.

We accept most sports equipment as checked bags as long as you can pack them in suitable containers that are within the size and weight limits of your checked bag allowance.

Standard fees apply to oversized and overweight bags. Learn more about fees for oversized, overweight, and other types of bags here.

When you get to the airport, please bring your sports equipment to the check-in counter and pay for any service charges there. You won’t be able to pay for the service charges online when checking in to your flight.

Stun guns

The TSA will allow stun guns only in checked bags if the power source is removed.