Dangerous Goods

Make sure you don’t ship anything that may be unsafe. If you do need to ship a special item, know the rules and regulations.

Dangerous Goods

Dangerous Goods are items that may endanger the safety of an aircraft or persons on board the aircraft. Dangerous Goods are also known as restricted articles, hazardous materials and dangerous cargo. Many common items found in your household can be considered dangerous goods for the purpose of air transport.

The Regulations place the responsibility on the shipper to properly declare, identify, pack, mark, label and document all shipments containing dangerous goods. Failing to comply with Dangerous Goods regulations can result in up to five years in prison and fines of $250,000 or more imposed by the Department of Transportation.

Hawaiian Airlines accepts certain dangerous goods for transportation by air in accordance with the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations. For further information, please contact us.

Hawaiian Airlines will not accept and/or transport the following dangerous goods:

  • Explosive
    • Exception: Small-arms ammunition
  • Poisonous Gases
  • Toxic Material and Infectious Substances
    • Exception: Biological Substances Category B, UN3373 is accepted
  • Radioactive Materials
  • Loose/bulk Lithium Ion/Metal Batteries (Exceptions noted)
    • Defective, recalled or damaged lithium batteries or those intended for recycling or disposal will not be accepted.
    • Exception: Lithium batteries contained in or packed with under Section II of PI 966, PI 967, PI 969 and PI 970, subject to the requirements of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations.

*** Defective, recalled or damaged lithium batteries or those intended for recycling or disposal will not be accepted***


  • Items forbidden per Hazardous Material Regulations Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR) Part 173.21 and International Air Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations Under Subsection 2.1.
  • Any substance which, as presented for transport, is liable to explode, dangerously react, produce a flame or dangerous evolution of heat, or dangerous emission of toxic, corrosive, or flammable gases or vapors, under conditions normally encountered in transport, are forbidden on any aircraft.


Various common household products are considered dangerous goods; household supplies, beauty products and sporting equipment. These items are referred to as Hidden Dangerous Goods. Items and examples of dangerous goods that must be declared include, but are not limited to:

  • Aerosols: compressed air dusters, cooking spray, spray paint.
  • Flammable liquids: hand sanitizer, paint and thinners, solvents, fuel for camp stoves, lanterns, torches
  • Flammable Solids: matches
  • Explosives: fireworks, ammunition
  • Corrosives: batteries, drain cleaner, bleach.
  • Compressed or Flammable Gases: fire extinguisher, life jacket, scuba tank, propane.
  • Insecticides, garden chemicals (fertilizers, poisons)
  • Lithium batteries contained in or packed with equipment
  • Magnetized materials
  • Machinery (chain saws, outboard engines containing fuel or that have contained fuel)
  • Automobile and machinery parts
  • Automobile batteries
  • Laboratory testing equipment, medical supplies, pharmaceuticals and personal effects.
  • Infectious substances


Shipper’s Responsibility

The shipper must ensure that the articles or substances tendered to Hawaiian Airlines are not prohibited for transport by air, and that the articles or substances are properly identified, classified, packed, marked, labeled and documented in accordance with IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations, as well as all government regulations in the countries of origin transit and destination. Before packing dangerous goods for transport by air, the shipper must:

  • Ensure that the documentation accompanying the shipment is complete and in accordance with IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations. For further assistance, we recommend that you contact a Dangerous Goods Handler (i.e. Freight Forwarder) in your area.
  • Ensure advanced arrangements are made for the shipment. Not all Hawaiian Air Cargo locations accept dangerous goods and our handling ability varies by aircraft type/operating carrier.
  • Identify, correctly and fully, all dangerous articles and dangerous substances within the consignment. A complete description of dangerous goods being shipped is necessary to ensure the safety of our passengers and our aircraft. Shipments that contain undeclared or improperly prepared dangerous goods will not be allowed for transport. For more information on the government security programs, visit: