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Restricted and forbidden baggage

Learn about the baggage restrictions and the items that are not allowed on the airplane.

Restricted items in checked baggage

The following items are not allowed in carry-on baggage. However, you may carry them in your checked baggage if they meet the recommendations below:

You can check personal care aerosols with a maximum size and weight of 16.9 fl oz and 1.1 pounds. The total size and weight of aerosols must not exceed 67.6 fl oz and 4.4 pounds. Cover the openings to avoid spillage.

The maximum permitted quantity is 5 l per passenger. The liquid must not exceed 70% alcohol by volume.

You can check barometers and thermometers if you are a representative of the National Weather Service with proper identification and if they are in resistant packaging that is sealed against leaks.

■ Power tools, manual or electric.

■ Gas-powered machines for cutting or welding (drills, portable electric saws, torches, welding guns, hammers, screwdrivers, and pliers)

■ High-intensity lamps with bulbs and batteries. Bulbs and batteries must be packed separately and labeled.

■ Curling irons and hair straighteners.

■ Harpoons and other underwater weapons, bows, bayonets, arrows, and similar items.

Lithium batteries are allowed in carry-on baggage as long as they are transported in their original packaging, with the terminals isolated or individually in plastic bags, and do not exceed 100 watt-hours.

Spare batteries must not come into contact with metallic objects, such as coins, keys, or jewelry. Please take the necessary measures to avoid crushing, puncturing, or putting pressure on them.
 
Devices in checked baggage must be completely turned off (not in sleep or hibernation mode) and covered with protective material to prevent activation or damage. They can be protected using a rigid suitcase or padding material, such as clothing, to prevent movement.
 
Before checking any carry-on baggage at the boarding gate, you must take out all spare lithium batteries.
 
Damaged batteries are not accepted. You may only carry additional lithium for personal use, not for sale or distribution.

In all flights to the US, powdered substances such as make-up, food, ground coffee, mole, spices, milk powder, chocolate, and other diet supplements larger than 350 ml / 12 oz must be transported in checked baggage.

Remember, all liquids that are over 100 ml are not allowed in carry-on baggage.

Pointy, sharp, or penetrating objects:

■ Axes

■ Cutters

■ Foils

■ Ice breakers

■ Knitting needles

■ Knives, combat knives, tactical knives, daggers, kitchen knives

■ Letter openers

■ Machetes

■ Metal scissors (with sharp ends and blades longer than 2.3 inches)

■ Mountaineering ice picks

■ Sabers

■ Scalpels

■ Single or double-edged straight razors, and other similar objects

■ Swords

Smart Bags contain high-tech capabilities, such as GPS, USB, Wi-Fi, an integrated scale, an electronic keychain, etc.

This kind of baggage works with lithium batteries, which is why, due to regulations established by the IATA, you must carry some security measures and precautions to transport them as carry-on or checked baggage.

Restrictions

■ Smart bags with irremovable lithium-ion batteries are not permitted.

■ The bag must use a lithium-ion removable battery, no higher than 160 Wh.

■ The battery must be removed and transported as carry-on baggage. It must be protected, covering the end caps with a non-conductive material to avoid any overheating risk or fire during the flight.

To travel with an electric wheelchair, it is necessary to arrive at the airport counters 3 hours before the departure of your flight for domestic destinations and 4 hours in advance for international destinations. 

Only chairs using dry, non-spillable batteries are allowed. Always carry a manual or instructions for disconnecting the battery.

Our airport staff will secure it to prevent a short circuit.

Please note that wet or damaged batteries are not allowed. 

One per customer may be transported in carry-on baggage. They are not allowed in checked baggage due to the risk of fire they may cause. It is not allowed to use them on board, they must be turned off. 

Applies also to similar products such as electronic pipes, pen cigars, and vapes.

Other items

The transportation of these items is subject to airport security requirements:

  • Batons
  • Crafts
  • Decorative, ceramic, porcelain, or religious figures
  • Electric items used for self-defense
  • Electric prods for industrial, commercial, or livestock use
  • Flexible clubs or other objects similar in weight, material, size, shape, or use. 
  • Fruit squeezers
  • Gun replicas or toys that look like real guns
  • Handmade instruments
  • Irons
  • Pepper spray if the container is not larger than 4 fl oz
  • Rappelling and charrería(rodeo) ropes
  • Throwing stars or similar weapons
  • Tortilla makers
  • Trophies

Items that are forbidden in carry-on and checked baggage

The following items are not allowed in either carry-on or checked baggage under any circumstances.

Batteries of any kind (liquid or solid), including for vehicles, wheelchairs, or other mobility aids.

Household chlorine for pools and tubs (hydrogen tetra chlorine), bleach, chlorine disinfectants, or any chlorine for industrial use.

■ Adhesives

■ Flammable solids (magnesium, hexamine)

■ Gasoline

■ Kerosene

■ Lighter fluid

■ Methanol

■ Polishing and cleaning products for ovens and pipes

■ Rubbing alcohol

■ Solvents and related liquids (organic peroxides, nitro-methane, or other additives)

■ Spray paints

Chemical, biological, and radiological materials, toxic or infectious substances, and substances classified as dangerous materials:

■ Blood

■ Drug-testing laboratory samples

■ Infected biopsies

■ Medicinal or commercial isotopes

■ Poison

■ Other bodily fluids

It is not allowed to transport hoverboards and any other type of self-balancing boards that use lithium batteries or lithium-ion batteries due to their risk of potential overheating and becoming a fire hazard.

■ Pistol-shaped lighters or household lighters exceeding 3.5 inches

■ Matches

■ Electroshock weapons, a.k.a tasers

Recover your forbidden items

If the airport security staff retrieved a restricted or prohibited item from your baggage, you or a family member may recover it within a 5-day maximum period at the airport of origin, starting from the day of its retrieval.

You must present an official photo ID.

A third party must present a general Power of Attorney and a copy of the owner's official photo ID to recover the item.

Are you traveling with dangerous firearms?

Learn about the requirements and considerations for carrying firearms on Volaris domestic flights (within Mexico). 

Flights within Mexico

The transportation of firearms is allowed only within Mexico. It does not apply to either connection or international flights.

Checked Baggage

They must be transported as checked baggage and, preferably, kept unloaded inside their cage.

Transportation limit for ammunition

There is a transportation limit for ammunition of 11 lbs. (5 kg.) per customer, for a maximum of 10 customers per flight.

Acquired at the airport counters

The charge for this product applies to all customers wishing to transport firearms or ammunition and can only be acquired at the airport counters.

Charge for the service

The charge for this service is per weapon and/or ammunition.

Important

If you plan to travel with firearms, you must arrive at the airport three hours before your flight, notify one of our ambassadors at the Volaris airport counters and tell them that you are traveling with firearms as part of your checked baggage.

You must present a firearm-carrying permit to the local authorities of each airport (National Guard or Ministry of Defense) that must authorize the transportation of these items.

How much is the firearms service?

For information on the cost of the firearms service, go to our additional services fees section.