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Security screening is a must for passengers and their baggage before boarding. Passengers such as unaccompanied minors, persons with medical conditions and mobility disabilities, pregnant women, persons with visual or hearing disabilities, and prisoners are allowed to board only after meeting China Southern Airlines regulations and abiding by the airline's arrangement with its approval in advance. Passengers with infectious diseases, mental illness or health conditions that may endanger themselves or the safety of other passengers are not allowed to board. China Southern Airlines has the right to refuse flight of passengers who do not meet the relevant regulations of the state, and their tickets will be dealt with as voluntary refunds.

Detailed Carry-on Regulations:

Items prohibited in carry-on or checked baggage:

1. Firearms, military or police instruments (with main parts), including:

Military and official firearms: pistols, rifles, submachine guns, machine guns, baton guns, etc.

Civil firearms: compressed air guns, shotguns, sporting guns, anesthetic injection guns, starter pistols, etc.

Other firearms: sample guns, prop guns, etc.

Ordnance and police instruments: batons, daggers or bayonets used by military or police, etc.

Firearms and instruments forbidden by the state: steel pellet guns, tear gas guns, stun guns, shocking devices, self defense items, etc.

Realistic replicas of the above items.

2. Explosive items, including:

Ammunition: dynamite, hand grenades, flares, combustion bombs, smoke bombs, signal flares, tear gas bombs, poison-gas bombs, bullets (blank cartridge, combat rounds, inspection rounds, practice rounds), etc.

Blasting equipment: explosives, detonators, blasting fuse, detonating fuse, non electric detonating system, blasting agent, etc.

Pyrotechnic products: decorative shells, fireworks, firecrackers, etc.

Realistic replicas of the above items.

3. Controlled cutting tools listed in the Provisional Regulations on Controlled Cutting Tools issued by the Ministry of Public Security and approved by the State Department of the People's Republic of China: including daggers, three square tools (including the three square tools used in mechanics), knives with self-locking devices, single-, double- and triple-edged blades that are shaped in and longer than a dagger, and other similar blades. Tibetan knives, broadswords, and boot knives worn and used by ethnic minorities as their living habit are controlled cutting tools, and may only be sold and used in ethnic autonomous areas.

4. Flammable and explosive items, including: bottled compressed or liquefied gas such as hydrogen, oxygen, and butane; spontaneous combustibles such as yellow and white phosphorus, nitrocellulose (with film), oilpaper and its products; materials that are combustible when wet such as metallic potassium, sodium, lithium, calcium carbide, and magnesium aluminum powder; flammable liquids such as gasoline, kerosene, diesel, benzene, ethanol (alcohol), paint, thinners, and rosin oil; flammable solids such as flash powder, solid alcohol, and celluloids; inorganic and organic oxides such as sodium peroxide, potassium peroxide, lead peroxide, peracetic acid.

5. Poisons and toxins: poisonous materials such as cyanide and highly toxic pesticides.

6. Corrosives: including sulfuric acid, hydrochloric acid, nitric acid, wet-cell batteries, sodium hydroxide, potassium hydroxide, etc.

7. Radioactive materials: radioactive isotopes and other radioactive substances.

8. Other items that are hazardous to flight safety, such as strong magnetic materials that may possibly interfere with normal operation of various instruments on the plane, and items with strong pungent odors.

9. Other items that are forbidden to be carried and transported according to national laws and regulations.

10. China has lifted the restriction on passengers traveling to/from the U.S. to carry common lighters, but "torch lighters" are still forbidden. As such lighters, whose flame are extremely intense and may reach a temperature of 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit in a short period of time, pose potential danger to flight safety, passengers will not be allowed to board with such lights.

Items prohibited in carry-on but allowed in checked baggage:

Relevant provision on items that are prohibited from being carried on-board but are only allowed in checked baggage in accordance to the Civil Aviation Administration Decree No. 85 "China Civil Aviation Safety Inspection Rules" (CCAR-339SB):

Items that have been prohibited in carry-on but allowed in checked baggage include: Besides rules on prohibited carry-on or checked baggage, other household blades such as kitchen knives, shears, large fruit knives, and razors; specialized tools such as surgical blades, butcher's knives, and carving tools; broadswords, spears, swords, and halberds used in performances; and other sharp or blunt instruments such as axes, hammers, awls, canes with increased weight or sharp point, and alpenstocks that may cause harm to flight safety.

Hazardous Materials

It is illegal and dangerous to carry on-board or pack in baggage the following hazardous materials:

1. Aerosols ― Polishes, paraffin, detergents, cleaners, etc.

2. Corrosives ― Acidic materials, cleaners and wet-cell button batteries, etc.

3. Flammable products ― Paint, diluents, combustible liquids, lighters with flammable liquid reservoirs, cleaners, adhesives, portable stoves, portable gas fittings with fuel, etc.

4. Explosives ― Fireworks, flares, signal devices, firearms loaded with ammunition, gunpowder, etc. (With safe and special designed package, small firearms for personal use may be transported in checked baggage if packed in safe and specially designed containers, but may not be carried on-board by a passenger).

5 .Radioactive materials ― Ray telescopes, radiopharmaceuticals, not implanted pacemakers, etc.

6. Compressed gases ― Tear gas or protective-type sprays, oxygen cylinders, oil tanks (unless empty), etc.

7. Infectious substances ― Vaccine, animal virus, etc.

8. Toxic substances ― such as rat poison.

Please consult with the Air Cargo Department to see if special arrangements can be made if you wish to transport the items listed above.

Restrictions on Liquids in Carry-on baggage for Domestic Flights

1. Liquids are forbidden in carry-on baggage for domestic flight passengers

Domestic flight passengers are prohibited from carrying liquids on-board but may pack them in checked baggage packaged in compliance with relevant provisions of the civil aviation transportation. Passengers are allowed to carry cosmetic products in small quantities on-board provided that the container size of each different product does not exceed 100 ml, and that all items are placed in a single bag separately for screening.

Passengers travelling with infants may request for complimentary supply of liquid dairy products when booking with the airlines. Passengers with diabetes or other medical conditions may carry on-board the necessary liquid medications which must be screened at security checkpoints and kept in custody with the cabin crew.

Duty-free liquids brought by passengers of international flights connecting to domestic flights must be placed in a sealed transparent plastic bag with relevant proof of receipt and screened at security checkpoints.

2. International and regional flight passengers may carry 100 ml of liquids per person on–board.The plastic bag with liquids must be screened separately at the security checkpoint.

Passengers departing from China via international and regional flights may carry liquids, the volume of each not exceeding 100 ml, on-board.

The containers of liquids are to be consolidated into a clear, plastic, zip-top bag of a maximum capacity not exceeding 1 liter. Each passenger is limited to one bag, and excess items are to be packed in checked baggage.

Receipts to liquids purchased in terminal duty-free shops or in-flights by passengers connecting in overseas and regional airports departing from China via international and regional flights must be kept for inspection purposes. The items purchased shall be reserved in sealed, clear, plastic bags, and remain unopened. Special provision on duty-free liquids carried on-board may be applicable in overseas and regional airports, and shall be complied with respectively.

Inbound passengers from overseas connecting to international and regional flights in domestic airports carrying liquids on-board shall comply with this provision. The duty-free liquids carried into China should be reserved in intact and sealed, clear plastic bags with the proof of receipt.


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