These are the Philippine airport security restrictions that are most relevant to ordinary travelers and flyers like us.
There are certain items which are not allowed in hand-carry bag, so make sure you only put the allowed items and stuff in your cabin bag, if you don’t want these to be confiscated by airport personnel.
No extra-ordinary wires and cables allowed on carry-on bag. Laptop charger inside the bag is exempted, as well as chargers for phone, tablet and cameras.
You can checked-in alcoholic beverages such as wines, liquors, whisky. But you can only checked-in at most 5 Liters of alcoholic beverages. Be mindful of this especially when you are at Duty Free excitedly buying liquors for pasalubong. Don’t forget to request the check-in counter staff to put “fragile” sticker on your bag holding the liquors.
VERY IMPORTANT: At the final xray machine area, all liquids, aerosols, and gels (LAGs) in containers exceeding 100 ml will be confiscated.
Question: What if I have a perfume in a 125 ml bottle, and I have used up lots of it that the actual perfume is now below 100 ml, am I allowed to have it on my hand-carry bag? No, you may not. This is because the airport only allows 100 ml CONTAINERS or bottles to pass through to the final departure waiting area. This is also true for body lotion, shampoos, liquid soap etc.
So if you put a lotion which is in 200 ml container, this will be confiscated by the xray machine operator.
SAMPLE of things not allowed inside your hand carry Luggage
If you have been shopping in Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok,etc and plans to hand-carry your perfumes, make sure that the bottle is 100 ml and below so you won’t face issue. If you have checked-in baggage allowance, then you can bring back to the PH perfume bottles exceeding 100 ml by checking it in.
Moreover, your liquids in 100 ml and below bottles must be sealed well so it won’t leak in case there is a change in cabin pressure. It would be best if you put it in airtight plastic bags before you put it on your pouch.
Canned goods are also not allowed in hand-carry bag. If you plan to bring canned goods, make sure you avail of prepaid baggage so you can checked them in.
Monopod selfie sticks and tripods are allowed in hand-carry bag as well as checked-in bag, this rule is updated as of July 26, 2019.
Power banks are only allowed in hand-carry, not in check-in.
FUELS all types are not allowed for checked-in or hand carry. This includes lighter refills, butane can, matches, etc. Also not allowed are flammable paints and thinners and explosives such as firecrackers, fireworks and flares.
If you have e-cigarettes you can carry it on your bag, but you can’t checked-it in.
Sorry, but you can’t bring your pet on the airplane as hand-carry. The pet can’t also be part of your check-in baggage. BUT you can bring your pet as CARGO (not as check-in), the procedure is different. Please contact the airline you will be flying to for pet cargo handling details.
MORE BAGGAGE ITEM RESTRICTIONS
MORE INFO ON PROHIBITED ITEMS ON HAND CARRY AND CHECK-IN BAG issued by DOTr as of July 26, 2019.
The following items are not allowed to be carried in the cabin. You must place these items in your checked-in baggage:
Any bladed items or sharp objects such as nail cutters, swiss knives, balisong, scissors, nippers etc.
Long , standard umbrellas are for check-in, not hand carry.
Bicycle chains and jacks or other similar items.
All kinds of adhesive tape like masking, packing, scotch, duct, electrical, rubber and similar items.
All sports equipment are not allowed in the carry-on bag and must be checked in. This includes surf boards, golf gears, bicycles, etc.
For safety reasons, dangerous goods (items, articles or substances which are capable of posing a risk to health, safety, property or the environment) must not be carried in passengers’ hand carried or checked baggage.
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Note: When it comes to the carry-on bag, please be aware that Air Asia is very strict in imposing a 2-bags or 2 items limit per passenger with a combine weight of 7 kilos.
See the list of items allowed and not allowed in Philippine Airlines flights.
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If you have specific question with regards to the item(s) you plan to bring during your flight, it is best to contact the airline of your choice what their rules are. Reach out to the hotline of Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Air Asia, Jet Star, and others.