Always get the airline's permission for transporting guns and ammunition. Use the list below to ensure that you have packed guns and ammunition correctly. The checklist also contains information of the correct transportation of camping stoves and matches aboard an aircraft. For security reasons, authorities forbid or restrict the air transportation of certain items. Make sure to always check the instructions before packing and arriving at the airport.
Below is a list of general packing instructions, but the airline may provide more stringent conditions.
Ammunition must be transported in the cargo hold. No more than five kilos of ammunition per passenger is allowed. Only ammunition in category 1.4S, UN code UN0012 or UN0014, is permitted on passenger flights.
• Use a special cartridge box. You can also pack the ammunition tightly into the original box; tape the box closed to prevent it from opening.
• Ammunition must not be packed in an ammunition belt, a magazine, gun bag or holster.
• Cartridges that contain explosive or igniting bullets are not permitted onboard at all.
Guns must also be transported in the cargo hold. Guns must be unloaded and packed in a robust case or a dedicated gun bag. If you are to transport only one bag in the cargo hold, cartridges that are properly packaged can be placed in the same bag as the gun.
• Carefully drain the fuel out of the stove and clean the stove so that the fuel core is dry and empty. Leave the core open for a while to make sure all residual fuel is gone.
• Pack the fuel core in a tight package and place it together with the stove into the luggage going into the hold.
• Flammable liquids and gases (gas fuel bottles) are not permitted onboard at all.
• You are allowed to take onboard one matchbox or one small-sized regular cigarette lighter.
• Keep these in your pocket or purse. Do not pack them into your hand luggage or luggage going into the cargo hold.
• Tinderboxes must be packed in the luggage going into the hold. Protect the tinderbox so that it is not able to create a spark (keep the parts separated).
• The following are not permitted onboard an aircraft: extremely flammable 'strike anywhere' matches, lighters containing unabsorbed liquid fuel (other than LPG), lighter fluid and spare tanks, lighters designed for lighting cigars, pocket torches and jet flame lighters.
Pack your knives, pocket knives, universal tools and other sharp items into the luggage going into the cargo hold.
It is recommended that the following items are packed into luggage going into the cargo hold:
• Fishing gear and lure hooks
• Sports equipment such as walking poles (for Nordic walking) and climbing equipment
• Frying pans, pots and other cooking equipment
Shaving equipment is allowed in the hand luggage and in the cargo hold. Only plastic shaving razors with a fixed blade are permitted in hand luggage.
Aerosols such as shaving cream and hairspray are only permitted in the hand luggage in containers of less than 100 ml. Larger containers must be transported in the cargo hold.
• Aerosol containers larger than 500 ml are not permitted onboard at all.
• The total permitted volume of aerosol packages is 2,000 ml.
• Make sure that the aerosol bottle is intact and has a top to protect the nozzle against unintended discharge.
Toothpaste, shampoo, washing liquids, roll-on deodorants, creams, gels and other liquids in containers of less than 100 ml are permitted in hand luggage. Larger containers must be transported in the cargo hold.
When carrying aerosols and other liquids in containers of less than 100 ml in your hand luggage, pack the items in transparent and resealable one-litre bags.
The information has been compiled based on the website of the Finnish Transport Safety Agency Trafi.