After September 11, 2001, all the Countries have introduced or enhanced the security measures at the airports in order to minimize the risk of terrorist attacks.
These measures mainly impose the inhibition to put into the baggage any object that is able to hurt someone or to explode. Generally the forbidden substances can be put in the checked luggage that is transported in the airplane’s cargo.
The European Commission has created a list of forbitten items that cannot be carried with the passenger on board: it includes object that can hurt the passengers and the staff like any type of firearm, toys arms, components of firearms (except for telescopic sights), compressed air guns (also if it is a toys gun), slingshots and catapults, knives (also if they are pocket), gases that can shock someone, stunning devices for people and animals, objects that have a sharp point or a sharp edge and that can be able to hurt, workmen’s tools that could be used to damage the aircraft, rods and similars, explosives, incendiary substances and devices, alcoholic drinks stronger than 70%.
There are also objects that cannot be trasported also in the hold baggage like corrosive substances, radioactive products, potentially infectious substances (blood, bacterias…), arms and similar like mines, detonators and ammunitions.
Generally when the person has placed a forbitten item into the baggage he can get rid of it throwing it into the apposite box, giving it to a person that doesn’t participate to the flight and doing the check-in again or, if possible, placing it into the hold luggage.
Before making the baggage it is advisable to consult the websites of the airport and of the airway because each country and each airway could have specific rules to be added to those indicated in this article.
Even if the forbidden items can be threw at the airport, making a baggage that includes only allowed objects is important in order to avoid problems and risks.