You can often transport items prohibited from transport in aircraft cabin in your checked baggage. However, it is prohibited to transport explosives, flammable and combustible substance and devices which pose a risk to the health of passengers and crew and/or the safety of aircraft.
We recommend you study thoroughly the list of items prohibited from transport in checked baggage before you set on your journey. Available for download here.
Items Prohibited from Transport in Checked Baggage
Included in this category are, for example:
- Detonating Fuses
- Detonators and Ignition Devices
- Mines, Grenades and Other Military Equipment Containing Explosives
- Fireworks and Other Pyrotechnic Devices
- Smoke Bombs and Smoke Grenades, Dynamite
- Gun Powder and Plastic Explosives
We advise you not to transport valuables, cash, electronics, medication and documents in your checked baggage. We recommend transporting these items in your cabin baggage.
You can find the list of most frequently questioned items in relation to transport here.
The transport of armed persons aboard civil aviation aircraft is prohibited unless it is a transport of armed persons under a special legal regulation valid in the Czech Republic or a transport subject to special authorisation or permission by the Ministry of the Interior. The export, import and transit of firearms and ammunition is regulated by Act No. 119/2002 Coll. on firearms and ammunition, as amended.
Passengers are obliged to declare the transport of firearms and ammunition to the air carrier and to the Police of the Czech Republic, respectively, in advance. The security control of the declared firearms and ammunition, including inspection by the Police of the Czech Republic, is commonly performed within the area of Oversize Baggage counters of the respective terminal building.
Detection Controls Inside Checked Baggage
In line with the current EU legislation, Security Control workers perform detection control inside checked baggage in order to increase passenger safety. As a part of the process, selected pieces of baggage may be opened and physically checked for trace elements of explosives. The procedure has been implemented to protect passengers and prevent loading explosives in aircraft cargo holds.
Course of Physical Inspections
- Physical inspections are subject to very strict safety measures. Thanks to co-operation with baggage manufacturers and manufacturers of safety locks, airport workers can open most baggage without damaging it.
- The entire process takes place under uninterrupted camera surveillance and detailed records of every inspection are kept.
- A note is placed into each inspected piece of baggage with a description of the inspection and instructions for next steps if necessary.
- Passengers are notified that the baggage was subjected to a control by a protective foil and branded adhesive tape securing the baggage after the control.
Steps to Be Taken upon Baggage Damage
Certain ways of securing baggage (integrated baggage locks without TSA) may cause it gets damaged during the opening process. If a piece of baggage may not be relocked after the inspection, it will be secured using branded safety straps with Prague Airport logo alongside the protective foil.
We ask passengers to contact Baggage Claims counter at their final destination if their baggage gets damaged in transport and fill in a Report on the damage with the counter worker. The Report will contain a reference number and contact details for follow-up communication with your air carrier. If you decide to claim damages at a later date (e.g. if you notice the damage after you had already left the airport), you will need to contact your carrier directly, but no later than 7 (seven) days from the date of your flight (in line with Council Regulation (EC) No. 2027/97).
With additional questions, please contact our Info Line at: +420 220 111 888
Preventing Baggage Damage
To prevent baggage damage during the Explosive Trace Detection process (ETD), please secure your baggage using TSA locks (marked with a red diamond sign) or other options of securing baggage, such as shrink-wrapping or standard padlocks which can be cut without damaging the baggage.