Air Tahiti will endeavour to transport all of your baggage. However, some items are considered dangerous where they pose a risk to your health and safety and that of the aircraft.
Such items are either forbidden to be carried in your hand or hold baggage, or restricted, which means they may be transported under certain conditions.
In order to travel safely and within the law, read the pages below to find out the terms and conditions for transporting these items. If in doubt, please contact the Cargo Service.
You are also advised to pack your own bags, not to leave them unsupervised and not to agree to carry any items or bags for anyone else.
For the purposes of ensuring flight safety, our check-in attendants may ask you to open your bags. If you refuse, they will not be transported.
Lastly, if you make a false declaration about the contents of your bags or if dangerous goods are discovered, you will be subject to criminal prosecution. The goods will be immediately confiscated and examined by the relevant authority.
The following items are forbidden on all Air Tahiti flights, either in your hand or hold baggage or as cargo:
- Aerosols containing an irritant
- Infected or poisonous animals, including bees
- Military weapons and firearms other than for hunting or sport
- Articles posing a projection hazard
- Zinc dithionite
- Explosives and articles posing a mass explosion hazard, e.g. fireworks, flares, pyrotechnic devices, detonators, military munitions, etc.
- Toxic gases
- Oxygen generators, full, empty or unloaded
- Security-type attaché cases, boxes or pouches for carrying cash containing dangerous goods or pyrotechnic devices
- Substances liable to spontaneous combustion
- Substances transported at high temperatures
- Substances that emit flammable gases in contact with water
- Gas combustion engines
The following items are strictly forbidden to be carried in your hand or hold baggage, but may be checked in as cargo, under certain conditions.
For operational reasons, dangerous goods cannot be accepted as cargo on flights to/from Rarotonga.
- Matches and gas lighters
- Oxygen cylinders, full or empty
- Flammable gases, e.g. full camping-gas canisters, gas cartridges for hair curlers, butane, propane, acetylene, etc.
- Empty camping stoves
- Fuel tanks that have contained fuel such as petrol, oil or diesel, or other containers that have contained a liquid fuel
- Torches for dancers
- Engines powered by liquid or gaseous fuel, e.g. strimmers, lawnmowers, hedge trimmers, chain saws, boat engines, etc.
- Flammable solids, e.g. firelighters, self-heating drinks or meals, etc.
- Helium balloons
- Professional washing powder
- Objects containing a magnetised/ferromagnetic material (loudspeakers, etc.)
- Electrical weapons (e.g. Tasers) containing dangerous substances such as explosives, compressed gases, lithium batteries, etc.
- Oxidising substances and organic peroxides, e.g. oxygenated water, chemicals for swimming pools, bleaching powder, detergents, liquid or powder fertilisers, weedkillers, etc.
- Corrosive substances, e.g. batteries, battery fluids, scouring products, corrosive products, acids, chlorine, bleach, etc.
- Toxic and infectious substances, e.g. pesticides, insecticides, etc.
- Flammable liquids, e.g. methylated spirits, surgical spirit containing over 70% alcohol by volume (70° proof), some vegetable oils (e.g. monoi), essential oils, perfumed or aromatic oils and all substances containing alcohol (vanilla extract, perfume and/or concentrates) in quantities intended for professional use, paint, varnish, household products, etc.
- Attaché cases or bags fitted with an alarm or defence mechanism
- Heat/combustion engines, new or used
- Aerosol sprays and other devices containing an irritant or incapacitant, such as cayenne pepper
- Radioactive substances
Some items may be carried in your hand or hold baggage, under certain conditions.
Select an item from the drop-down list below to find out the conditions of acceptance on board:
If you are travelling with an object with a sharp edge (knife, scissors, axe, Stanley knife, razor, etc.) or sharp point (ice axe, etc.), it must be packed in your hold baggage.
These items are not permitted in the cabin
Blunt instruments (baseball bats, clubs, truncheons, etc.) are not permitted in the cabin. They must be packed in your hold baggage.
All toiletries, perfumes and non-radioactive medicines are allowed on board in quantities not exceeding 0.5 litres/0.5 kg (1 lb) per item, up to a total of 2 litres/2 kg (4 lb) per passenger.
Aerosols must be protected by a cap or other suitable means to prevent inadvertent release of the contents.
Electronic devices (watches, calculators, cameras, mobile phones, laptops, camcorders, etc.) containing lithium cells or batteries, for personal use, may be carried in your hand baggage, hold baggage (ATR flights only) or on your person.
On Twin Otter and Beechcraft flights, they may be carried in the cabin only.
Spare batteries must be protected individually to prevent short-circuit, and may be carried in your hand baggage or on your person only.
Heat-producing articles such as underwater torches or soldering irons are accepted as hand or hold baggage, on condition they were notified at the booking stage. Batteries must be removed.
Alcoholic beverages are allowed on board, provided they are in their retail packaging and in containers of less than 5 litres. They must not exceed 70% alcohol by volume (70 proof) and are restricted to 5 litres per person.
For flights to / from Rarotonga, other limitations apply. Click on the "Concerning Rarotonga" tab above to learn more.
Disposable or Zippo-type lighters and safety matches may be carried on your person only and are restricted to one item per passenger. They are forbidden to be carried in either your hand or hold baggage.
Any other type of lighter will not be accepted at check-in or boarding.
A compressed-air cylinder may be accepted as hold baggage, on condition it is empty.
Longbows, crossbows, spearguns, slings, catapults and their ammunition are not permitted in the cabin and must be checked into the hold; the same applies to toy, replica and imitation firearms.
Firearms, compressed-air guns or CO2-powered air guns (assembled or dismantled) for hunting or sport and their ammunition may be packed in your hold baggage, provided they are declared to the Department for Regulations and Control of Legality (DRCL) and they comply with the conditions set out in this item.
They are strictly forbidden to be carried in the cabin or on flights to/from Rarotonga.
Division 1.4S ammunition may not be carried on Twin Otter or Beechcraft flights, in either the hold or the cabin.
All other types of firearms or military weapons are prohibited on all Air Tahiti flights.
Notify us at the booking stage if you will be carrying any ammunition or hunting or sporting weapons in your baggage. Failure to do so could result in the refusal of carriage of your weapon or ammunition.
Before presenting yourself at check-in
Your weapon and ammunition must be packed as follows:
- Your weapon must be unloaded and packed in an airtight hard case.
- Your weapon's safety mechanism must be activated.
- Your ammunition must be packed in its original packaging or in a suitable hard case.
- Ensure that the ammunition is securely packed in its original packaging to prevent it from knocking together. Loose ammunition or ammunition in any packaging other than those mentioned will be refused to carriage.
- The permitted quantity of ammunition and packaging is 5 kg (11 lb) per passenger. More than one passenger's 5 kg (11 lb) allowance may not be packed in a single bag.
- Weapons and ammunition must be packed in two separate bags.
- Any weapon, whatever its size, must be packaged (luggage, bag, case ...).
The check-in attendant may ask you to open your bags and show them your weapon and ammunition.
You will also be asked to sign a sworn declaration stating that you have satisfied the above-mentioned packing conditions.
If your health condition requires it, you may travel with syringes in your hand baggage. To do so, you must :
- State that you will be carrying syringes in your hand baggage when you make your booking.
- Carry a medical certificate stating that your syringes need to be kept on your person or in your hand baggage, and also that the quantity carried corresponds to your treatment requirements for the flight.
- Pack the syringes in a case, leaving them in their original packaging.
- Show your syringes and medical certificate to our attendants and to safety staff at each stage of your journey (check-in, boarding and on board our aircraft).
- Keep your syringes under supervision throughout the flight and notify the crew in case of loss or theft.
If you are travelling with a battery-powered electric wheelchair, please notify us at the booking stage. For the purposes of ensuring flight safety, your wheelchair batteries will be disconnected by our attendants and the terminals insulated with adhesive tape to prevent short-circuit, before it is placed in the hold. In addition:
- If your wheelchair battery bears a manufacturer's label certifying that it is non-spillable, it may remain attached to the wheelchair during transport.
- If the battery is spillable, it must be removed from the wheelchair and carried as hold baggage, packed in a case specifically designed for this type of article
You may travel with your breathing apparatus (Air Tahiti-approved portable oxygen concentrator* or mechanical ventilator).
It will be carried free of charge, in addition to your hand and hold baggage allowances.
Whatever your type of device, at each step of your journey you must be able to produce a prescription specifying the required air-flow rate and a certificate from the same doctor authorising you to travel by air.
You must also travel accompanied if your physical or mental condition means you are unable to see, hear or understand the audio and visual warnings and notices of your device or to notice its warning lights.
Notify us at the booking stage, and at least 72 working hours prior to your departure, if you will be travelling with an oxygen concentrator, and tell us its type.
Before commencing your journey
Air Tahiti aircraft are not equipped with sockets to enable you to plug in your breathing apparatus. We therefore strongly recommend that you ensure its battery life is 150% of the duration of your flights, including connections.
You may carry spare batteries in your hand baggage. Their number is restricted to two if they are lithium batteries. Make sure they are packed so as to prevent short-circuit.
Check-in and boarding
Please present yourself at check-in well in advance, to allow plenty of time for the additional checks carried out by Air Tahiti staff and safety staff.
If you intend to use the apparatus during the flight, please notify our check-in attendants and the cabin crew when boarding.
Please stow your device under the seat in front of you or stand it in an upright position between your legs.
You will not be allowed to use any other apparatus on board. You may nevertheless carry an additional one as hand or hold baggage, on condition that:
- It is empty and depressurised.
- The battery has been removed and packed separately, with its terminals insulated.
- Eclipse 3TM / SeQual Technologies
- EverGo / Respironics
- FreeStyle / AirSep
- iGo / DeVilbiss Healthcare
- InoGen One / InoGen
- InoGen One G2 / InoGen
- LifeChoice / International Biophysics
- LifeStyle / AirSep (only if there is a sticker «RTCA/DO-1600 21 Category M Compliant»)
- OxLife Independence / O2 Concepts
- RS-00400 / Delphi
- SimplyGo / Philips
- Solo2 / InVaCare
- XPO2 / InvaCare
Pacemakers and other radioisotope devices implanted in the body, including those powered by lithium batteries, are permitted for air transport.
Non-flammable, non-toxic gas cylinders for the operation of mechanical prosthesis may be carried on your person or in your hand or hold baggage. Spare cylinders can also be accepted in sufficient quantity for the duration of the trip.
Hair curlers containing hydrocarbon gas may be carried in your hand or hold baggage:
- Up to a maximum of one per passenger.
- On condition the safety cap is firmly fixed on the heating element.
- They are not permitted to be used on board.
Spare gas cartridges for hair curlers are not permitted on board.
A small mercury thermometer for personal use may be carried in your hold baggage only, on condition it is packed in a protective case.
A mercury barometer or thermometer carried by a representative of a national meteorological office or similar official agency may be accepted in hand baggage only, provided it was notified at the booking stage and approved by Air Tahiti.
Solid carbon dioxide (dry ice) may be accepted in your hand or hold baggage only if:
- It is used to refrigerate perishable goods.
- The quantity must not exceed 2.5 kg (5.5 lb) per passenger. Above this weight, it must be transported as cargo, up to a certain limit.
- The packaging allows the release of carbon dioxide.
- Air Tahiti was notified at the booking stage and at check-in
Two small carbon-dioxide cylinders fitted to a self-inflating life jacket, together with two spare cylinders, may be accepted as hand or hold baggage or on your person, on condition Air Tahiti was notified at the booking stage.
One rescue device per person may be accepted in hand or hold baggage if:
- It is fitted with a pyrotechnic trigger mechanism containing no more than 200 mg (0.4 lb) of Division 1.4S explosives and a cartridge containing no more than 250 mg (0.5 lb) of Division 2.2 compressed gas.
- It is packed so as to prevent accidental activation.
- The device's inflatable airbags are fitted with safety valves.
- It was notified at the booking stage.
Aerosols for sporting or home use (deodorants, shaving creams, etc.) pose no risk to air travel. They are carried in the hold.
They are accepted on board in quantities not exceeding 0.5 litres/0.5 kg (1 lb) per article, up to a total of 2 litres/2 kg (4 lb) per passenger.
Aerosols must be protected by a cap or other suitable means to prevent inadvertent release of the contents.
Isotherm packaging containing refrigerated liquid nitrogen fully absorbed in a porous material may be accepted as hand or hold baggage, provided that:
- They are for the transport of non-dangerous products.
- Their design does not allow the build-up of pressure within the container or the release of any refrigerated liquid nitrogen, irrespective of the orientation of the insulated packaging.
- Air Tahiti was notified at the booking stage.
Work tools capable of causing injury or threatening flight safety must be carried in the hold. The following is a non-exhaustive list.
- Digging bars
- Drills, including cordless portable electric drills
- Tools with a blade or shaft of more than 6 cm (2 in), capable of being used as a weapon, such as screwdrivers and chisels
- Saws, including cordless portable electric saws
- Sealing guns and nail guns
The batteries of cordless power tools must be removed and packed separately.
If you have any queries about carrying any tools not listed above in your hand baggage, please contact the Cargo Service.
Energy-saving light bulbs for home use may be carried in your hand or hold baggage, if they are packed in their retail packaging.
Remote-controlled toys or models may be carried in your hand or hold baggage, provided the battery of the remote control is removed and packed separately.
As is standard practice in many other airports around the world, specific measures apply to carrying liquids, creams, gels, pastes and aerosols in your hand baggage, on flights from Tahiti to islands of French Polynesia served by Air Tahiti and also on flights to/from Rarotonga.
This concerns, in particular, water and other drinks, perfumes, lotions, creams, shower gel, shampoo, mascara, cough mixture, toothpaste, liquid soap, deodorant, etc. Duty-free liquids are included.
How can these items be carried on board?
These items are allowed in your hand baggage, provided they meet the following requirements:
- Each bottle or tube must not exceed 100 ml. Substances in containers of more than 100 ml will be refused, even if the container is partly empty.
- Your items must be placed in a bag which is:
- No more than a litre in volume (approx. 20 x 20 cm – 7.8 x 7.8 in) Some freezer bags have these characteristics.
- The items must not be piled up or overlap.
- A single bag is allowed per person.
- Baby food is allowed in reasonable amount required for the duration of your flight. Make sure it is stored in resealable containers, as you may be asked to taste the contents.
- Liquid medicines accompanied by a prescription or declaration in your name are also permitted in your hand baggage, in quantities needed for the duration of your flight.
Restrictions on the transport of Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 mobile phones
Due to failures reported by Samsung regarding its Galaxy Note 7 mobile phones and in accordance with the new regulations, for safety reasons, the transport of this type of phone, even powered off, is now strictly prohibited (on yourself, in carry-on and checked baggage but also cargo).
If you own a Galaxy Note 7 phone, you must make arrangements to leave your device. It cannot be kept by Air Tahiti.
If you are not able to do so, you will not be allowed to board the aircraft and you will be rebooked on another flight (depending on flight availability and on the conditions attached to the fare of your ticket) until you will find a solution.
Our agents may also ask you to open your luggage to check their contents.
Thank you for your understanding and your cooperation.