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Restricted Items / Hazardous Material

Restricted Items / Hazardous Materials

List and Exceptions

For further information, please see the COC Rule 4.

For the most up-to-date prohibited items as well as detailed descriptions of restricted items, please see the TSA.gov online list of prohibited items.

Interference with Equipment

Hawaiian Airlines does not permit any device or object that may interfere with the normal operations of its equipment on board the aircraft. Hawaiian Airlines Customer Service Agents and/or Flight Attendants reserve the right to:

  1. Require that you refrain from using, or
  2. Remove from your possession, the device or object during the flight.

Right to Refuse Items

Hawaiian Airlines reserves the right to refuse to transport certain items, including but not limited to the following:

Camping Stoves / Gasoline Powered Items

Hawaiian Airlines does not accept new, used or partially used camping stoves or any camping device, which may have contained a flammable liquid fuel or other dangerous materials, whether in checked or carryon baggage. In addition, Hawaiian Airlines does not accept new, used or partially used fuel or gasoline canisters, whether cleaned or not, in checked or carryon baggage.

Restricted Animals

Hawaiian Airlines will not accept rodents (i.e., guinea pigs, mice, rats, etc.) rabbits, chickens, roosters, reptiles (i.e., snakes, turtles, etc.) or fish as carryon or checked in baggage system-wide.

Exception:  Hawaiian Airlines may make an exception under this rule for service and/or emotional support or psychiatric service animals.  Allowances must be made in advance and approvals are on a case-by-case basis.    


Hawaiian Airlines does not accept tires, whether in checked or carryon baggage. For the purpose of this rule, tires are defined as any type of tire, which purpose is to be installed on a road, recreational, or terrain vehicle.

DOT Hazardous Materials

Hawaiian Airlines will not accept as checked or carry-on baggage any article which is listed in the DOT hazardous materials regulations (49CFR 171-177); the International Civil Aviation Organization Technical Instruction for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by air and/or the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (See Rule 190 (A)(3) for exception for dry ice).

Lithium Batteries

Spare lithium or lithium-ion batteries must be transported in carry-on baggage only and must be packed as follows:

  1. Loose batteries must be kept away from metal objects, such as coins, keys, jewelry.
  2. Spare batteries should be kept in original store packaging. If original packaging is not available, tape should be placed across terminals or placed in its own protective case, plastic bag, or package.

Hawaiian Airlines will refuse to accept the following property to either be Carried On or Checked In as Baggage: 

  1. Briefcases and attach├ę cases installed with alarm devices
  2. Explosives, munitions, fireworks, and flares
  3. Gases such as camping gas - i.e. flammable, non-flammable, and poisonous flammable liquids such as lighter or heating fuels, lighter refills and lighter fluid
  4. Flammable solids (i.e., as strike anywhere matches and articles which are easily ignited); torch lighters, grill/fireplace lighters, micro-torches, and lighters with unabsorbed liquid.
    Exception: One book of safety matches (book matches) OR one lighter (gas or absorbed liquid) may be carried in the aircraft cabin (either on your person or in your carry-on baggage).
    Note: No matches and lighters (unless the lighter complies with the special exception for specific, approved containers) are allowed in checked baggage.
  5. Substances liable to spontaneous combustion
  6. Substances which on contact with water emit flammable gases
  7. Oxidizing substances - i.e. such as mercury
  8. Acids, alkalis and wet cell batteries except as provided in Rule 195
  9. Magnetized materials
  10. Paints - any water or oil based paints 
  11. Any internal combustion engine, including but not limited to chainsaws
  12. Individual food heater pouches which contain potassium permanganate (approximately 15 grams) which are hermetically sealed, and vacuum packed as they are considered as an "OXIDIZER (CLASS 5.1), Packing Group II."
  13. Hand/Toe Warmers considered as an "EMT".
  14. Styrofoam Containers restricted as Checked Baggage Only (unless packed inside an outer container or box)
  15. Light bulbs - All types
  16. Self-defense spray including but not limited to pepper spray and mace.
    Exception: Self-defense spray may be carried by law enforcement officers (LEO) in checked baggage only. LEO must present proper identification and declare the spray, which may not exceed DOT legal quantities (118 ml, 4 fl.oz. by volume). Spray must be placed in protective case or other packaging to prevent accidental discharge.
  17. Segway®-Human Transporters (HT), except when used as assistive devices.
  18. All self-heating beverage containers.
  19. Fermented fish sauces of all types regardless of packaging.
  20. Swingless golf clubs.
  21. Personal Air Purifiers and powered air filtration systems are restricted from use while onboard aircraft
  22. Vaccinations of any kind for medical or research facility use
  23. Any item that may be a corrosive substance or, in the opinion of Hawaiian Airlines, may cause damage to the aircraft.
  24. Use of electronic smoking devices such as electronic cigarettes, cigars, and pipes, is prohibited onboard aircraft. These devices may not be packed in checked baggage and will only be permitted in your carry-on baggage.
  25. Electro shock weapons (e.g. Tasers) which contain dangerous goods such as explosives, compressed gases, lithium batteries, etc. are prohibited in carry-on baggage or checked baggage or on the person.
  26. Personal compressed oxygen cannisters, canned oxygen, recreational oxygen, and flavored oxygen are prohibited from carriage onboard by passengers or crewmembers.
  27. Powder-actuated cartridges.
  28. Portable humidifiers (powered by the In-Flight Entertainment system's USB port on the aircraft).

Additional Item Rules

Hawaiian Airlines will refuse to accept any item or property for carriage either as carry-on or as checked in baggage that is deemed unacceptable by TSA.

Note: Hawaiian Airlines will not allow any liquids, gels or aerosols to be carried on to any Hawaiian Airlines flight whether hand carried or in carryon baggage in accordance with TSA prohibited items list, with exceptions that may be found on the TSA website at TSA.GOV.

Hawaiian Airlines will refuse to accept any item or property for carriage either as carry-on or as checked in baggage which may be in violation of any federal or state governmental regulation.

Hawaiian Airlines has the right to refuse carriage of any animal deemed by Hawaiian Airlines to pose a potential health risk to other passengers on a flight.

Confiscated Items

Hawaiian Airlines will not be liable or responsible for any items confiscated or damaged by TSA or removed from baggage by Hawaiian Airlines based on the Rule. For items confiscated by TSA, passengers must contact TSA directly for information regarding claim procedures.

Electronic Item Limit

Hawaiian Airlines will allow Electronically powered heat-producing articles (e.g. Battery-operated equipment such as diving lamps and soldering equipment) as carry-on baggage only. The head-producing component, or the energy source, must be removed to prevent unintentional functioning during transport.

Miscellaneous Items

Tool boxes

  • As carry on baggage only empty tool boxes may be carry on baggage.
  • As checked-in baggage tool boxes may be checked in, provided they doesn't contain anything that is listed as hazardous material.
  • Check-in baggage rules and restrictions will apply.

Wrapped gifts

If X-ray inspection can not clear an item to ensure it does not contain a weapon or explosive device they must open it.

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