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Dangerous Goods

While First Air takes great care in shipping all items entrusted with us, some items need more care than others, such as dangerous goods. It is through our extensive experience in shipping dangerous goods over the years that we at First Air have become the First choice for safe transport of all classes of dangerous goods.

Defining Dangerous Goods

Dangerous goods are articles or substances that are capable of posing a significant risk to, safety, or property when transported by air. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Transport Canada group dangerous goods into nine classes.

The following items must not be shipped as baggage as they are considered dangerous goods. As such, they must be shipped as cargo (subject to certain restrictions). Shipping these items as cargo ensures that these products are handled in a safe and proper manner.

  • Corrosives
  • Poisons
  • Radioactive material
  • Compressed gases
  • Sporting ammunition
  • Oxidizing materials and organic products
  • Explosives
  • Infectious substances
  • Flammable liquids and solids

Medicinal and toiletry articles can be carried on the person in small quantities.

Prohibited Goods:

(Most common items listed below, but not limited to the following. If you are unsure please contact First Air Cargo.)

The following items are NOT permitted on First Air on your person, in your checked or as carry-on baggage.

Battery-Powered Vehicles Prohibited

Small lithium battery-powered vehicles not permitted on First Air aircrafts

Please note that First Air cannot accept small lithium battery-powered vehicles in checked baggage, as carry-on items, or as cargo shipments due to numerous safety concerns associated with the batteries in these devices.

Examples of small lithium battery-powered vehicles include:

  • Hoverboards
  • Electric Bicycles
  • Electric Skateboards/Scooters
  • Mini-Segways
  • Balance Wheels

Disabling Devices

Disabling devices such as mace, pepper spray, bear bangers etc, containing an irritant or incapacitating substance are forbidden on your person, in checked and carry-on baggage.

Electro shock weapons such as Tasers containing dangerous goods such as explosives, compressed gasses, lithium batteries, etc are forbidden in carry-on baggage or checked baggage or on the person.

Restricted Items

The following items are permitted with the approval and verification of a First Air agent.

Camping Stoves and Fuel Containers that have contained a flammable liquid fuel: The fuel tank must be completely drained of all liquid fuel and action to nullify the danger.  The empty fuel tank must be left to drain for a minimum of 1 hour PLUS:  left uncapped for a minimum of 6 hours OR cooking oil added to elevate the flash point. .  The fuel tank must then have the cap securely fastened and packed with absorbent material and packaged in a polyethylene bag or equivalent.

Oxygen or air, gaseous, cylinders required for medical use: The cylinder must not exceed 5Kg gross weight. NOTE: Liquid oxygen systems are forbidden for transport.

Dry Ice (Solid), Carbon Dioxide: Solid Dry Ice in quantities not exceeding 2.5 kgs per person when used to pack perishables are permitted in checked or carry on baggage, provided the baggage permits the release of carbon dioxide gas.  Each item containing dry ice must be marked: “Carbon Dioxide, solid” or “Dry Ice” with the net weight or indication that the net weight is 2.5 kg or less.

E-cigarettes: E-cigarettes including e-cigars, e-pipes and other personal vaporizers are permitted in your carry-on only but are strictly prohibited from use on board the aircraft.

Please consult with a First Air agent if you have any questions or concerns.

Firearms and Ammunition

  • Hunting rifles and shotguns are accepted with First Air, with the following conditions:
  • Firearm is checked as baggage
  • Firearm is unloaded at the time of check in
  • Firearm is secure and trigger locked
  • Firearm is in a hard sided, non see-through, locked case that cannot be easily broken into during transport
  • Ammunition must be packed securely in the manufacturer’s original container and placed inside a suitcase cushioned with clothing
  • Only shells or cartridges are acceptable types of ammunition. Gunpowder and gunpowder pellets are strictly prohibited
  • You must complete and sign the Firearm Declaration, available at the check-in counter on the day of your travel
  • If your firearm is in excess of your baggage allowance, additional baggage charges will apply.

Shipper’s Responsibility

A shipper must comply fully with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Transport Canada Dangerous Goods regulations when offering a consignment of dangerous goods. In addition, shippers must comply with any applicable regulations set forth by the country of origin, transit and destinations. Before any package of dangerous goods is offered for transportation by air, the shipper must comply with the following specific responsibilities:

  • International regulations must be followed to ensure safety of passengers and crew
  • The shipper must ensure that the articles or substances are not prohibited for transportation by air
  • The articles or substances must be properly identified, classified, packed, marked, labeled, documented and in the condition for transport in accordance with IATA regulations
  • Before a consignment of dangerous goods can be offered for transport, all relevant persons involved in its preparation must have received training to enable them to carry out their responsibilities.

It is the shipper’s responsibility to determine if dangerous goods are in their cargo and if so to declare them to the carrier by way of a properly completed IATA Shipper’s Declaration. Not declaring dangerous goods is a serious offence under federal law and is the shipper’s responsibility.

Every person who contravenes or fails to comply with the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act is guilty of:

  • An offence punishable on summary conviction and liable to a fine not exceeding fifty thousand dollars for a first offence, and not exceeding one hundred thousand dollars for each subsequent offence; or
  • An indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years.

For further information on shipping dangerous goods or for information regarding obtaining the services of a dangerous goods consultant please contact your local First Air Cargo Office.