Air Tahiti will endeavour to transport all of your cargo. 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 as cargo or in your hand or hold baggage, or restricted, which means they may be transported under certain conditions.
They will be accepted in line with current legislation. For some articles, approval from the head of Air Tahiti's Dangerous Goods department will be required to transport your cargo. You are advised to request information from our staff well in advance.
If you make a false declaration about the contents of your cargo 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.
Dangerous goods need to be packed in specific packaging according to the particular risk posed. For that reason, dangerous goods of different types cannot be accepted in the same package.
Packaging for dangerous goods is sold by the Cargo Service at Tahiti-Faa'a Airport. Our cargo attendant will be able to advise you. If you are staying on an island other than Tahiti and need to send dangerous goods, please contact your Air Tahiti agency as soon as possible so that your packaging can be sent to you in time.
Solid carbon dioxide (dry ice) for refrigerating perishable goods or transported on its own is not permitted as cargo.
Below is a list of the dangerous goods that are either forbidden for carriage, including as cargo, or accepted as cargo under certain conditions. If in doubt, please contact the Cargo Service.
For operational reasons, dangerous goods cannot be accepted as cargo on flights to/from Rarotonga.
ITEMS FORBIDDEN UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES ON ALL AIR TAHITI FLIGHTS, INCLUDING AS CARGO :
In general, substances capable of exploding, reacting dangerously, producing a flame or dangerous levels of heat, or giving off toxic, corrosive or flammable gases or vapours, must under no circumstances be transported on Air Tahiti flights.
Below is a non-exhaustive list of the items that are forbidden from transport on our flights:
- Aerosols containing an irritant
- Infected or poisonous animals, with the exception of 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 or empty
- 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
ITEMS WHICH MUST BE CHECKED IN AS CARGO AND CANNOT BE CARRIED AS HAND OR HOLD BAGGAGE
The following items can be accepted as cargo only, subject to certain conditions and provided they are declared at check-in. To find out more about the conditions of acceptance of these items as cargo, please contact the Cargo Service.
List of dangerous goods accepted as cargo on ATR flights from Tahiti to destinations within French Polynesia :
- Matches and gas lighters
- Oxygen cylinders, empty or full
- 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, and engine parts, 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, 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
- Aerosol sprays and other devices containing an irritant or incapacitant, such as cayenne pepper
- Radioactive substances
- Small leisure vehicles with lithium battery. e.g. mini-segway, balance-wheel, airwheel, hoverboard...
- Electronic devices containing batteries or wet batteries
List of dangerous goods accepted as cargo on Twin Otter or Beechcraft flights or from French Polynesian islands other than Tahiti on ATR flights :
- Fire extinguishers
- Compressed oxygen
- Paint, paint solvent and paint thinner
- Electrolyte, liquid acid and liquid alkaline batteries
- Engines powered by liquid fuel, e.g. strimmers, lawnmowers, hedge trimmers, chain saws, boat engines, etc.
- Dangerous substances contained in devices (e.g. motor pumps, fuel pumps, etc.)
- Lithium metal or lithium-ion contained in equipment or packed with equipment
- Consumer goods
Please contact the Air Tahiti Cargo Service no later than ten days prior to departure if you wish to send any dangerous goods not listed above. We will consider your request.