Most of us understand what’s off-limits when it comes to bringing items on a plane as carry-on baggage. After all, knives, lighters and non-duty-free alcohol are no-brainers. But what about candles and tweezers? Or Singapore’s favourite fruit: durian? While you might think they’re not allowed, these items actually have few or no restrictions when flying. Here are some more that may surprise you!

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Other items to take note of:


  • Durian and durian puffs (check with your airline though)
  • Mini alcohol bottle (if 100ml or less)
  • Safety matches
  • Candles (unlit!)
  • Sex toys (except handcuffs)
  • Tweezers (non-sharp tips)
  • Battery packs (check with your airline for high-capacity batteries/powerbanks)
  • Skate Scooters (check with your airline)
  • Badminton rackets
  • Solid cheese (except cheese spreads)
  • Hair curlers
  • Baby food (if you're travelling with a baby)
  • Stationery stapler
  • Human/animal ashes (check with your airline)


Not allowed

  • Canned food with sauce > 100ml
  • Bottled/canned drinks > 100ml
  • Liquor/perfume bought duty free and not in STEB (security tamper-evident bag) or personal perfume > 100ml
  • Scissors
  • Corkscrews
  • Key chains in the shape of weapons
  • Pepper spray
  • Peanut butter/kaya
  • Cheese spreads
  • Ice packs
  • Ice cream
  • Honey
  • Fishing rods and tackle
  • Hockey sticks or baseball/softball bats
  • Nail clippers
  • Pen knives
  • Swiss army knives
  • Handyman tools (screwdrivers, scissors)
  • Snow globes
  • Toy weapons


If you’re ever unsure about whether you can bring something onboard a plane as carry-on baggage, always double-check with your airline beforehand!


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