Sneaking prohibited items on board a flight, whether local or international, is just never a good idea. Whether it's weed, a corkscrew or a pair of scissors, they will find it!
The South African Civil Authority is constantly updating its list of items that aren't allowed in the cabin of a plane departing from South Africa - both domestic and international. This is, of course, to constantly improve the safety of passengers.
SACAA notes that "Items indicated on this list, except firearms, may however be carried in the checked baggage of passengers. This does not include the obvious items considered as harmful items i.e. knives, firearms, explosives, grenades, etc."
Further restrictions on items allowed in sterile areas of airports, may be imposed or may differ from country to country, dependant on the Policy of the Local Authorities. For example, SAA doesn't allow firecrackers or hover boards in your checked or cabin luggage.
NOTE: Make sure what your specific airline's prohibited food items are when travelling, particularly when it comes to meat products.
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Interestingly, manicure sets, including small scissors and metal nail files are permitted by SACAA. This we find strange, as a metal nail file can surely do a lot of harm if used as a stabbing device.
Here are some of the items not allowed in the cabin:
- Baseball Bats/Cricket bats
- Bows and Arrows
- Box cutters (how is this so different from a metal nail file?!)
- Brass Knuckles
- Crow bars
- Disabling chemicals or gases
- Fire extinguishers
- Flare pistols
- Golf clubs
- Hockey sticks
- Hunting knives
- Ice axe/Ice pick
- Large heavy tools (wrenches, pliers, etc)
- Martial arts devices - much like this one (below), confiscated in the US by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
- Metal scissors with pointed tips
- Pepper spray
- Pool cues
- Portable power drills
- Razor blades (not in a cartridge)
- Religious knives
- Ski poles
- Spear guns
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