China Civil Aviation - Regulations & Security Check

Regulations of Civil Aviation Administration of China

  Lithium Battery
Passengers wait to take their baggages at the airport.
Passengers wait to take 
their baggages at the airport.
According to the Specifications for Air Transport of Dangerous Goods Carried by Passengers or Crew, the rated energy of lithium batteries that are taken onto an air plane either in hand baggage or consigned luggage should not exceed 160wh. Air passengers carrying electronic applications with lithium batteries and spare batteries should pay attention to the following: 

1. Electronic products that contain lithium batteries, such as watches, calculators, cameras, cell phones, portable computers and DVs, can be taken as hand luggage and consigned in the checked luggage. The rated energy of the batteries should not exceed 100wh; those between 100wh and 160wh must get the permission of the air company. The electric appliances should be carefully kept to prevent any unexpected startup.

2. For spare batteries, they can only be carried as hand luggage and should be well preserved to avoid short-circuit. The rated energy of each battery should not exceed 100wh. The batteries between 100wh and 160wh must get the permission of the air company; each passenger is allowed to take at most two spare batteries.

 Lighters or Matches 
Inflammable and explosive items, such as lighters or matches are not allowed to carry in hand luggage or consigned luggage. 

 Liquids Articles
For passengers boarding China domestic flights:
a. liquids articles are prohibited in hand luggage, but can be consigned in checked luggage.
b. Passengers may take small quantities of cosmetics, one piece for each type. The container shall be no more than 100 ml in volume. All cosmetics must be placed in a separate bag ready for inspection.
c. Passengers transferring from international flights to China domestic flights may carry unopened duty-free liquid items, in properly sealed transparent plastic bags, with relative receipts.
d. When purchasing tickets, passengers accompanying infants may apply for free liquid dairy products, provided by the airlines. Liquid medicines necessary for diabetic or other patients should go through safety inspection and will be kept by the crew.

For passengers taking international flights:
1. Passengers taking an international flight departing from China are allowed to take certain quantity of liquid items in their carry-on bags. Each one piece of liquid item must not exceed 100ml in volume. If the container of a liquid item is more than 100ml in volume, not matter full or not, it should be consigned in checked luggage. All the liquid articles should be put into a transparent plastic bag with a maximum volume of 1L that can be re-sealed. Each passenger is allowed to take one transparent plastic bags, and the exceeding parts should be consigned in checked luggage.
2. The liquid articles purchased in the duty-free stores in the airport should be placed in a sealed transparent plastic bag. Passengers should not open it and shall keep the receipt.
3. Proper amount of liquid dairy products and liquid medicine for diabetes and other illness are allowed to take in carry-on bags after security inspection.

 Regulations about Alcoholic Beverage:
According to the Specifications for Air Transport of Dangerous Goods Carried by Passengers or Crew, passengers are not allowed to taken alcoholic beverage in their carry-on luggage. Alcoholic beverage can only be consigned in checked luggage, but the quantity shall meet the following requirements:
1. The quantity of the beverage whose alcohol content is lower than 24% is not restricted;
2. Each passenger is allowed to take up to 5L alcoholic beverage and the alcohol content should be lower than 70%.
3. The beverage that has alcohol content higher than 70% is prohibited.

Security Check

Security check at an airport in China
Security check at an airport in China
 A. Who cannot pass the security check?
Before the departure, passengers along with their luggage must receive the security check. For special passengers such as unaccompanied children, invalids, pregnant women, the blind and deaf as well as criminals, only should they meet the airlines' regulations or be approved by the airlines can they pass the security check. Patients with infectious diseases, psychopaths or individuals whose physical condition may do harm to other passengers cannot pass the security check.

 B. What are hazardous materials by CAAC?
The carrying of hazardous materials can be very dangerous. The CAAC states that hazardous materials mainly include the following categories: aerated solids like polishes, paraffin wax or detergents; corrosive substances like acids, cleaning agents or wet button batteries; combustible materials like paint, thinners, flammable liquids, lighter, adhesion and portable stoves; explosive materials like fireworks, flare bombs, announciators, loaded firearms and gunpowder; radioactive substances like β-ray telescope, radioactive Pharmacy or to-be-transplanted pacemaker; compressed gases like tear gas, protected pressurized spray, air tank or gasoline tank (unless it is empty); infectious materials like vaccines or animal viruses; toxic substances like rat poison.

If passengers have to take those articles with them, they may confer with the airline's freight department.

 C. Specific provisions for hand luggage
The following are articles that cannot be taken with passengers as hand luggage.
A. firearms and equipments for military or police use
a. military or police guns: pistols, rifles, submachine guns, machine guns and baton guns
b. civilian guns: air guns, shotguns, sporting guns, anesthetic injection guns and starting guns
c. Other military or police weapons: batons, daggers and bayonets
d. State prohibited guns or weapons: steel ball guns, tear gas guns and electric guns
e. Imitation of firearms mentioned above: gun samples or guns used as properties
B. Explosives
a. ammunition: bombs, grenades, flare bombs, fire bombs, smoke shells, tear bombs, gas bombs and bullets including blank cartridges, testing missiles and practice ammunition
b. blasting equipment: blasting explosive, blasting fuse, detonating cords, non-electric detonating system and blasting agents
c. Pyrotechnic products: fireworks and firecrackers
d. Imitation of explosives mentioned above
C. State controlled cutting tools: daggers, three-square tools, backsword or double-edged sword that is longer than a dagger
D. Explosive and Flammable materials: cylinders containing liquefied or compressed gases such as hydrogen, oxygen and butane; white phosphorus, yellow phosphorus, nitrocellulose (including film), oilpaper and their products which may cause spontaneous combustion; potassium, sodium, lithium, calcium carbide, Mg-Al powder that will react with water; Gasoline, kerosene, diesel, benzene, ethanol (alcohol), paint, thinner, retinol and other flammable liquids; flashlight powder, solid alcohol, celluloid and other flammable solids; sodium peroxide, potassium peroxide, lead peroxide, acetyhydroperoxide and other organic oxides
E. Toxic materials: Cyanide, highly toxic pesticides and other toxic materials
F. Corrosive substances: sulphuric acid, hydrochloric acid, nitric acid, electrolytic batteries, sodium hydroxide and potassium hydroxide
G. Radioactive substances like radioisotopes
H. Other materials that may harm the flight's safety, such as materials with strong irritating smell and strong magnetic articles that may interfere the normal working of aircraft's instruments.

- Last updated on Jan. 29, 2023 -
Questions & Answers on China Civil Aviation - Regulations & Security Check
Asked by Nitesh from CHINA | Jan. 22, 2023 19:37Reply
Wireless Computer Mouse in Checked Baggage?
Hi, Can I take 3 new wireless mouse in my checked baggage? I’m travelling from Yinchuan to Bangkok.
Answers (1)
Answered by Lisa | Jan. 29, 2023 17:18

It should not be a problem. Just turn them off or take out their batteries.
Asked by Jacob from CHINA | Jul. 06, 2021 05:48Reply
Tea set
Would it be okay for me to bring a gong fun tea set in my carry on bag for a domestic flight in China?
Answers (1)
Answered by Flora | Jul. 12, 2021 02:29

Yes, it is okay.
Asked by Adugna from ETHIOPIA | May. 28, 2021 16:04Reply
Hello dear. Can I take a small solar panel with my check luggage?
Answers (1)
Answered by Cooper | May. 30, 2021 20:38

As I know, it will be ok for you to put it into the check luggage.
Asked by Brandon from USA | Jan. 10, 2021 19:03Reply
Knives in luggage to enter PVG airport
I am a chef and need to bring my kitchen knives in checked luggage from Shanghai to US. PVG airport security requires you to scan your luggage before entering the airport. Will I be able to get past security entrance to the airport with my kitchen knives?
Answers (2)
Answered by Helen | Jan. 12, 2021 17:29

Generally speaking, it will be ok for you to entrance the airport. But you need to put them in your checked luggage.
Answered by Kristi | Aug. 04, 2021 22:51

Were you able to take your kitchen knives with you in your checked luggage?
Asked by Karyl from PHILIPPINES | Nov. 13, 2020 19:07Reply
Electric toothbrush (4pcs, rechargeable), electric mixer (for dough baking) and 1 ironing.
What should I do, hand carry or checked in baggage)

I'm from Beijing to manila.

Thank you!
Answers (2)
Answered by James | Nov. 15, 2020 17:31

Oh, you need to put them into the checked luggage.
Answered by karyl | Nov. 16, 2020 18:39

thank you James
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