France and e-scooters: Riding too fast can cost up to €1,500
Riding an electric scooter too fast in France can cost you as much as €1,500 in fines, a gendarmerie force has warned, as the mode of transport becomes increasingly popular.
The Landes gendarmerie has published a diagram on reminding people of the rules of the road and the cost of the penalties when it comes to electric scooters (‘trottinettes’ in French).
Fines and rules include
- Exceeding 25km/h: €1,500
- Overtaking pedestrians on a pavement: €135
- Riding an electric scooter on a pavement: €35 (If you are outside a built-up area, you can only ride on cycle paths).
- You must be over 12 years old; parents risk a fine of €135
- You must ride alone (fine for carrying passengers, €35)
- Your scooter must have lights, a horn, and reflective elements (fine of €11)
- You must wear a helmet (fine €35)
- You cannot wear headphones or use a mobile phone while riding (fine €35)
- You must obey the rules of the road, such as stopping at red lights.
You must also tell your insurance company that you have this type of vehicle, as scooters fall into the official category of EDPM (‘les engins de déplacement personnel motorisé’, or motorised personal transport devices).
Riding without proper insurance can lead to a fine of up to €3,750.
Police awareness campaigns
The police force in Rennes took part in an awareness and prevention campaign in September, while the Strasbourg police were also handing out fines and tickets in a bid to raise awareness on October 6.
That police operation resulted in the fining of numerous bicycles and electric scooters, reported 20 Minutes.
Dominique Schuffenecker, director of the prefect’s office in Strasbourg, said: The aim is to protect vulnerable people, those without vehicles. The risk of being killed is greater [when an electric scooter is being used]. Many users are not aware of the danger that this entails.”
During this operation, a young man was taken into custody and his vehicle was seized, because his electric scooter could reach 66 km/h, and he also had his headphones on and no helmet.
Machines that can reach such speeds were sometimes sold in around 2016, when there was a legal vacuum surrounding these new vehicles.
This category of vehicle (EDPM), which includes scooters and items such as ‘hoverboards’, is becoming increasingly popular in France.
According to French insurance federation la Fédération française de l’assurance, 11% of people regularly use EDPMs, while 72% of 18-34-year-olds are considering using them to get around.
Accidents are common; 40% are due to speeding, and 30% are due to being on pavements, said the road safety agency Securité Routière.
Horizon Fluidfree Ride Electric Scooter Review: Great Value with a Few Flaws
The Horizon Fluid Free Ride electric scooter is a fantastic scooter for the price of around 700 that will far exceed the expectations for entry to intermediate e-scooter riders. It covers nearly all the bases but does have a few flaws as we will discuss below.
- Top Speed: 23-25 mph
- Range: 20miles(10.4Ah) / 25miles(13AH)
- Weight: 40 lbs (10Ah) / 42 lbs (13Ah)
- Max load: 265 lbs / 120 kg
What I think:
Our family has enjoyed the Horizon Scooter by Fluidfree Ride which is very similar to the Turbowheel Swift that I reviewed and that our family has been using over the last year.
My 15 year old son, who loves riding electric scooters, has recently been using the Horizon as his primary mode of transportation to get to and from his friend’s homes, church activities, school activities, and cross country practice.
In the past I’ve recommended the Turbowheel Swift as a great well rounded scooter that outperforms most scooters at its price point. Unfortunately, the Turbowheel Swift is often sold out and I’m always getting asked which electric scooter I recommend.
Well, my family has been testing the Horizon and here are our thoughts.
The Turbowheel Swift and Horizon electric scooter are essentially clones except for a few differences. Like the Turbowheel Swift, the Horizon is a rugged looking scooter and will not get mistaken for those cheap rental scooters or budget scooters. The design used by the Horizon is the same used in the Zero 8 and the Turbowheel Swift with rear drum brakes, suspension, and lights that make for a great looking scooter.
Acceleration and Top Speed:
The Fluidfree ride Horizon does not have the punch that many electric scooters have but our family actually appreciate the more gradual acceleration which made for a smoother and more controlled ride.
Don’t get me wrong, the Horizon electric scooter is no slouch and after the smooth initial acceleration from start, the Horizon comfortably gets to a top speed that will zip you past most other cyclists on the bike trails.
The top speed of 25 mph was perfect for the needs of my family and could easily pass the Onewheels while keeping up with most electric unicycles during family group rides.
Climbing hills and riding light off-road trails was also no problem for us.
The Horizon feels safe and stable. Scooter height is not one size fits all. Being able to adjust the stem height is a big key to rider comfort especially when sharing the scooter with riders of various heights such as in our family.
The front tubed pneumatic tire along with the front and rear suspension provides a smooth ride while the rear airless tire decreases the risk of getting a flat tire.
The rear drum brakes worked very well. My daredevil son did miss having the front and rear hand brakes found on the Turbowheel Swift when he goes flying downhill at top speed, but the rear drum brakes performed well and the regenerative braking makes for a more efficient ride.
The braking is even and we always felt safe and in control.
As a safety first guy, I actually like the smooth and even acceleration even if the Horizon have punchy acceleration.
The scooter is heavy but it feels balanced and sturdy which helps the rider to feel safe during rides.
The folding handlebars and the ease to fold the scooter for storage is fantastic.
The scooter is heavy at 40 lbs and I did miss having a rear handle like the one found on the Turbowheel Swift.
While I’ve listed a few flaws below, please understand that most of them are fairly trivial. I just want to make sure you understand some of the potential drawbacks to this otherwise well rounded scooter before you buy it.
The wired look: Like the other electric scooters that share a similar design, there are wires that run from the handlebars to the body and wheels of the Horizon scooter. The wires are wrapped and bundled together nicely but some may not like the wired look.
Loose handles: The screw mechanism to lock the handlebars in place loosen over time. While the handlebars never accidentally folded on their own while riding, just remember to tighten the handlebars every now and then to reduce rattle while riding.
Slow acceleration: some say slow, I say smooth. Regardless of the word choice the acceleration of the Horizon is similar to the Turbowheel Swift which most in my family liked because they never felt like the scooter was going to throw them off.
Low lights: The lights are nice and bright for what they are but the positioning low on the scooter does not provide much illumination for night rides and makes it harder for drivers to see you.
Kickstand: The kickstand being too short is a common complaint with this model, but we had no issues with it.
Charge port: A flaw that all scooters with this design share is the positioning of the charge port. Because of the proximity to the front tire, it is really easy to hit the charge cable with the front tire if you try to move the scooter while it is plugged in.
We missed the rear handle: The biggest flaw that our family agreed on was the lack of a rear handle like the one found on the Turbowheel Swift. We missed the convenience of having something quick and easy to grab on to while moving the Horizon up and down stairs or in and out of a car trunk.
Anyone looking for their first electric scooter or to upgrade from a budget entry level scooter should consider the Horizon by Fluidfree Ride which is a great scooter for the price. For current pricing on the Horizon, check out Fluidfree Ride.
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MEET THE S2 GT Line. GT SL | GT Sport Electric Scooter
Your favorite commuter scooters are now equipped with Bluetooth wireless technology. The GT scooters are compatible with a Smart app which will enhance your riding experience, while also keeping you up to date with the latest news in the world of electric vehicles.
BE A PART OF OUR ELECTRIC COMMUNITY!
500W nominal power (700W peak power)
GT SL Launch year: 2021 GT Sport Launch year: 2022
Our goal is to make an indestructible scooter, so we implement several measures to prevent possible damages. The GT line uses an advanced BMS (Battery Management System) which employs double battery overheating protection. As such, you can rest assured knowing that the battery is within safe parameters at all times.
The engine also benefits from thermic protection, reducing power to prevent overheating.
The lightweight and easy to maneuver GT scooters, have a suitable speed for urban rides.
The GT scooters have the highest torque for scooters in their weight category, so you can enjoy more speed, even on uphill roads.
Note! In some countries, the top speed may be different according to the local regulations.
Despite their small size, the GT scooters feature a long and stable platform with a non-slip grip, that allows you to ride in a safe and comfortable position. The durable grip is made of rubber so it can be cleaned with ease.
Folded: 1060324150mm; Unfolded: 11321075382mm
The GT scooters are equipped with rear drum brakes for extra safety.
THE MOST PORTABLE ELECTRIC SCOOTER
E-TWOW scooters have a 3-point folding system and they weigh less than 13 kg, so they take little space and can easily be carried anywhere
FAST 3 POINT FOLDING SYSTEM
One of the best parts of the E-TWOW scooters is their distinctive folding system. The scooters can be folded by simply clicking the folding lever, conveniently located above the scooter platform. E-TWOW scooters are also among the few scooters in the world that feature a height adjustable handlebar and folding handles. When it is fully folded folded, a scooter’s size is considerably diminished, allowing you to carry it with ease and store it anywhere you want, under your office desk or in the trunk of your car.
Stay in touch with your scooter at all times! Get ready to enhance your riding experience with a Smart app with Bluetooth wireless technology!
To pair your scooter with your smartphone, you must first make sure that your phone’s Bluetooth is activated and that the scooter is turned on and in range.
To do this, search nearby device and connect with your scooter.
Once the connection is made, you will have the possibility to access the following scooter functions:
- Set speed limit
- Turn the lights on/off
- Activate the Zero Start function
- Lock the scooter functions to come …
We were the first to implement the Formula 1 KERS technology on an electric scooter, and over the years we kept improving the energy recovery system. The GT SE recovers up to 60% of the braking energy. over, it delivers a smooth, no-shock braking adapted to human behavior
FRONT AND REAR
The scooter comes equipped with front and rear shock absorbers, to make riding on the city streets as comfortable as possible. Of course, you can avoid pot holes and rough roads to maximize the lifetime of your scooter, but you have to know that the E-TWOW scooters can handle adverse driving conditions.
The scooter comes equipped with a 30 x 26 mm LCD screen that will show you several types of status information, such as: BATTERY PERCENT | SPEED | HEADLIGHT ICON DISPLAYS THE TOTAL OR TRIP DISTANCE | TEMPERATURE
The main advantage of airless tires is that they cannot go flat. This saves money as airless tires need to be replaced less often. over, the vehicles equipped with airless tires can carry more weight and engage in more rugged activities.
DISCOVER THE E-TWOW EXPERIENCE
E-TWOW scooters allow you to take control of your time! No more endless hours stuck in traffic jams! Now you can arrive quickly at your destination and use your newly gained free time to embark on new adventures with your friends!
E-TWOW S2 GT Line models
|Motor type||DC Bushless motor|
|Folding function||Fully foldable electric scooter (patented). Height Adjustable Handlebar Folding Automatic Unfolding Body|
|Brake function||Regenerative brake for front wheel Emergency brake for rear wheel|
|Shock absorber||Front shock absorber Rear shock absorber|
|Zero start||For safety reasons, you can only accelerate the scooter after giving it a little push first|
|Horn||Piezo ceramic horn (electrical)|
|UBHI. Electronic display||UNIBLOCK HUMAN INTERFACE (patent)|
|Reflectors||Side mounted reflectors|
|Size||GT Line: fold size: 1060330146mm | expand size: 11301167386mm|
Restricted and Prohibited Items
While specific restrictions apply to the transport of some items, other items cannot be brought onto the plane at all.
Please refer to the links below to see what you can and can’t bring in your carry-on and checked baggage.
You can also find essential information on the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority Opens in New Window (CATSA) website.
The acceptance and packaging rules below apply to:
- Personal electronic devices (PEDs), including cameras, mobile phones, drones, laptops, tablets and camcorders.
- Spare cells or battery packs normally used for camera equipment, mobile phones, drones, power tools, power banks, etc.
Watt hours (Wh) are calculated by multiplying voltage (V) by ampere-hours (Ah):
All cells and battery packs must be individually protected to prevent short circuits, e.g.:
- Exposed terminals can be taped over.
- Individual cells or battery packs can be in their original retail packaging or stored in a protective pouch or case, or a separate plastic bag.
Each passenger may bring maximum quantities as follows in carry-on baggage only:
Maximum 20 spare cells/battery packs. Of these 20, no more than:
- 2 lithium ion batteries with a rating of 100 but not exceeding 160 Wh
- 2 sealed lead acid (SLA) non spillable batteries with a maximum rating of 12 volts / 8.3 Amps (100 Wh)
Exception. Only the following devices are permitted in or as checked baggage:
- Electric toothbrushes and/or shavers
- Large medical devices, such as a portable kidney dialysis machine.
Lithium Metal Cells and Battery Packs
The following are permitted in carry-on baggage only:
- Personal electronic devices containing lithium metal cells or battery packs with a maximum lithium metal content of 2 grams or less.
- Spare lithium metal cells or battery packs with a maximum lithium metal content of 2 grams or less.
- If the cells or battery packs are removed from the device and carried on board, the device can remain in checked baggage.
Lithium Ion Cell Battery Packs. with a rating of less than 100 Wh each
The following are permitted in carry-on baggage only:
- Personal electronic devices containing accepted lithium ion cells or battery packs with a rating of less than 100 Wh each
- Spare lithium ion cells or battery packs with a rating of less than 100 Wh each
If the cells are removed from the device and carried on board, the device can remain in checked baggage.
Lithium Ion Batteries. with a rating of 100 but not exceeding 160 Wh
- One battery can remain installed on the device (e.g. video camera).
- A maximum of two (2) individually protected spare lithium ion batteries with a rating of 100 Wh but not exceeding 160 Wh may be carried per passenger in carry-on baggage only, pending approval by Air Canada airport agents.
Alkali-manganese (alkaline), Zinc-carbon (dry cell), Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH), Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) and Silver Oxide Batteries
- Devices containing these types of cells or spare cells are permitted in carry-on baggage only. If the cells are removed from the device and carried on board, the device can remain in checked baggage.
Sealed Lead Acid (SLA) Non Spillable Batteries
- A maximum of two (2) sealed lead acid (SLA) non spillable batteries with a maximum rating of 12 volts / 8.3 Amps (100 Wh) are permitted in carry-on baggage only.
- Devices containing these types of batteries or spare batteries are permitted in carry-on baggage only. If the battery is removed from the device and carried on board, the device can remain in checked baggage.
On smaller aircraft (e.g. Jazz Dash-8 or CRJ) with limited onboard storage space, you’re asked to deposit your carry-on items on a Skycheck cart as you board the plane. Battery-powered devices Personal electronic devices containing batteries and spare cells or batteries must always be removed from carry-on baggage that is deposited on such carts and must carried into the aircraft cabin.
Battery Powered Mobility Aids
- Spillable, non-spillable and lithium ion batteries for battery-powered mobility aids (e.g. wheelchairs) are accepted but require special handling. See our wheelchair and mobility aid page for more information.
Battery Powered Medical Devices
- Batteries used to power portable battery-powered medical devices[e.g. a Personal Oxygen Concentrator (POC), Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) ] may be carried onboard to power these medical devices, but the use of these devices on board the aircraft are subject to prior approval for transport by the Air Canada Medical Assistance Desk.
Small lithium battery-powered vehicles
Small lithium battery-powered vehicles are not accepted in either checked baggage or carry-on baggage due to safety concerns associated to the lithium batteries that power them.
- Prohibited vehicles include: hoverboards, AirBoards, electric skateboards, airwheels, mini-Segways, balance wheels, battery-assisted bikes and electric scooters. Motorized luggage (e.g. Modobag) is also prohibited.
- Please contact Air Canada Cargo Opens in New Window for detailed information on the safe shipment of your vehicle.
Drones are accepted in carry-on baggage on the condition that they remain turned off and safely stowed at all times. They cannot be used onboard the aircraft.
Drones are accepted in checked baggage: the lithium batteries must be removed from the drone and carried onboard in carry-on baggage. Drones must be properly packaged for shipping.
The following are only accepted as checked baggage:
- A new unused camping stove in its original, unopened package.
- A used camping stove that has contained flammable liquid such as kerosene, liquefied petroleum gas, propane, butane and isobutene. The used camping stove will be accepted only if:
- the fuel tank or fuel cell has been removed from the stove;
- the fuel tank or fuel cell has been completely drained of all liquid fuel and rinsed with a neutralizing agent such as cooking oil;
- the fuel tank is closed with the cap securely fastened, is wrapped in absorbent material such as a paper towel, and then placed in a polyethylene or equivalent bag. The top of the bag must be sealed or gathered and closed with an elastic Band or twine.
The following are not accepted in either carry-on or checked baggage:
- Fuel tablets
- Camping stove gas cartridges such as butane\propane mix or propane cylinders and liquid fuel
Insect repellents (aerosol and non-aerosol) are accepted if they’re non-toxic and non-flammable:
- in carry-on baggage provided the canister contains no more than 100ml (3.4oz);
- in checked baggage provided the release valve is protected by a cap or other suitable means to prevent inadvertent release of the contents.
- One (1) gas-operated curling iron with its hydrocarbon gas container is accepted in checked baggage, provided the safety cover is securely fitted over the heating element.
- One (1) curling iron without the gas container is accepted in carry-on baggage.
- Separate gas refills for curling irons are not permitted in either carry-on or checked baggage.
Only one of the following items, intended for individual use, is permitted when it is carried on one’s person (e.g. in or purse):
No other type of lighter is accepted in carry-on or checked baggage.
For departures from the United-States, Bic-type lighters are the only lighters accepted past US pre-clearance checkpoints. Fuel refills are not permitted in either carry-on or checked baggage.
Dry ice is often used in the packaging of perishable items (e.g. fish, seafood) to keep them cool. Items packed in dry ice are accepted in carry-on or checked baggage provided they are properly wrapped/packed to protect against leakage, then placed in a box, carton or container that:
- is properly vented to allow for the release of carbon dioxide gas,
- is in good condition and free of any damage.
Dry ice must not exceed 2.5 kg (5 lbs) in weight (total weight of 2.5 kg is for carry-on baggage and checked baggage combined per passenger).
Checked baggage restrictions:
- If you’re travelling with a dry ice container as checked baggage you must:
- arrive at the airport at least 60 minutes in advance of the recommended check-in time for your flight for proper handling of dry ice, and
- sign a declaration form that certifies that the package is in good condition and provides a description of contents.
If your itinerary includes a connecting flight with another airline you may NOT travel with a dry ice container as checked baggage due to special handling requirements.
Brine spillage from fish and seafood is corrosive. Lobsters, mussels, oysters etc. must be packaged in leak proof containers and then be packed in plastic bags inside waxed cartons.
Gel and ice packs are subject to all liquid and gel restrictions (see Liquids and gels link above). If you must keep an item cool you may want to use frozen peas as an alternative to a gel/ice pack.
Exception: gel/ice packs that are used to refrigerate medication are exempt from these restrictions, provided the medication bears a label or is accompanied by a doctor’s/pharmacist’s note stating that refrigeration is required.
Accepted items include alcoholic beverages, perfume, cologne, aerosols and medicines containing alcohol. Release valves on aerosols must be protected by a cap or other suitable means to prevent inadvertent release of the contents.
The following items are not accepted in checked or carry-on baggage:
- Canned oxygen (also known as recreational or flavoured oxygen)
- Alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content of 70% or more
- They are in containers of 100 ml/ 100 g (3.4 oz.) or less.
- Containers over 100mL/100g (3.4oz) will be confiscated from carry-on baggage at the security checkpoint.
- One re-sealable plastic bag per passenger is permitted.
- Liquids, gels and aerosols (e.g. hairspray, medicines containing alcohol, perfume, and cologne) are accepted in checked baggage provided:
- Their total capacity doesn’t exceed 2 L or 2 kg (75 fl. oz.) per passenger.
The acceptance of alcoholic beverages in checked baggage is based on their alcohol content:
- Alcohol content of no more than 70% (140 proof): accepted in checked baggage
- Alcohol content of more than 70% (140 proof): not accepted in either checked or carry-on baggage.
MREs. Meals Ready to Eat. and self-heating meals or beverages are not accepted on board our aircraft, in either carry-on or checked baggage.
Only certain models of personal oxygen concentrators (POCs) are accepted sources of medical oxygen for customers requiring supplemental oxygen during flight.
The following are not accepted in either your carry-on or checked baggage:
- Personal oxygen cylinders and oxygen generators;
- Canned oxygen (also known as recreational or flavoured oxygen);
- Personal medical oxygen devices that use liquid oxygen.
- These devices are also prohibited on one’s person.
We recommend powder-like substances over 350 mL (12 oz.) be stored in your checked bags.
This includes baby powder, foot or body powder, baking powder or soda, protein powder, dry shampoo and powder detergent.
Powders in carry-on baggage may require secondary screening, and those that cannot be clearly identified by security officials will not be allowed into the cabin.
Other Restricted or Prohibited Items
Air purifiers and ionizers for personal use:
- Are accepted only in carry-on baggage and must not be used on board the aircraft at any time.
Air purifiers and ionizers for home use:
- Are accepted in carry-on baggage provided they remain safely stowed at all time.
- Are accepted in checked baggage provided the batteries are removed and placed in carry-on baggage.
Canned oxygen (also known as recreational or flavoured oxygen) is not accepted in checked or carry-on baggage.
Avalanche rescue backpacks (one per passenger) are accepted as checked baggage only on the condition that they’re equipped with:
- a pyrotechnic trigger mechanism with no more than 200 mg of explosive substance (Division 1.4S);
- The explosive must be packaged or designed in a way that presents no significant hazard
- The cylinder must remain inside the backpack at all times. It can be either connected or disconnected and does not need to be emptied.
The accepted backpack must be packed in such a way that it can’t be accidentally activated. The airbag within the backpack must be fitted with pressure relief valves.
Exception: JetForce avalanche airbag packs and any spare lithium batteries are accepted as carry-on baggage only, provided the lithium batteries meet acceptance conditions. See Batteries in the Common Items section above.
Note: Avalanche rescue backpacks are not accepted on flights to, from or via the United States.
Replacement/spare cylinders for rescue backpacks
Replacement/spare cylinders are accepted in checked baggage only, provided they’re empty.
Avalanche transceivers are accepted in both carry-on and checked baggage provided the batteries are removed from the unit and stored separately. See Batteries in the Common items section above.
Please also see “Oxygen for medical purposes“ in the Common Items section
Scuba tanks can be accepted as checked baggage provided that you can show that the cylinder is empty.
Paintball cylinders can be accepted as checked baggage provided you can show that the regulator/valve has been removed from the cylinder.
CO2 cylinders and other pneumatic devices used in the operation of mechanical limbs are accepted in both carry-on and checked baggage.
- The following items are not accepted for transport aboard our aircraft:
- Camping stove gas cartridges such as butane\propane mix or propane. (See ‘Camping’ section above)
- Propane cylinders
- Carbon dioxide or nitrogen cylinders (pressurized)
- Fire extinguishers
Portable oxygen cylinders (other than those supplied by us on our aircraft)
Acids, alkalis, rust preventing or removing compounds, sulphur dioxide solution, chemical kits and mercury are not accepted in either carry-on or checked baggage.
Bleach, bleaching powder and peroxides are not accepted in either carry-on or checked baggage.
Bear spray, mace and pepper spray are not accepted in either carry-on or checked baggage.
Insect repellents (aerosol and non-aerosol) are accepted:
- if they are non-toxic and non-flammable;
- in carry-on baggage if the canister contains no more than 100ml (3.4oz);
- in checked baggage if the release valve is protected by a cap or other suitable means to prevent inadvertent release of the contents.
Flammable liquids are not accepted in either carry-on or checked baggage. These include but are not limited to: gasoline, petroleum spirits, oil-based paint, lacquer, stains, shellac, oils, wood alcohol, lighter or heating fuels. Flammable solids are not accepted in either carry-on or checked baggage. These include but are not limited to: matches, charcoal briquettes, and any other ignitable article.
- Only one of the following items, intended for individual use, is permitted when it is carried on one’s person (e.g. in or purse):
- One (1) Bic-type butane lighter, OR
- One (1) USB lighter, OR
- One (1) book of matches
See ‘Curling irons and lighters’ section above.
- Papier machéstatues/piñatas are accepted in carry-on baggage provided they are transported in a sealed plastic bag. However, the items will be refused if it is determined that they smell of fuel.
Passengers travelling with a firearm, ammunition or cartridges must declare the items during the check-in process and complete a declaration form.
The firearm and the ammunition must not be packed in the same container. One declaration form must be completed for each container.
- Accepted firearms: Only hunting rifles, shotguns, BB guns, paintball guns, biathlon rifles, air pistols and certain handguns are accepted as checked baggage.
- Here’s a list of prohibited firearms.
- A maximum of three firearms is allowed per person.
- must be unloaded: when checking in a firearm, customers must sign a declaration form attesting that the firearm is not loaded.
- must be rendered inoperable by means of a secure locking device mechanism (i.e. a trigger lock), but only after the check-in process has been completed;
- must be packed and locked in a specially designed, non-transparent case that can’t be easily broken into during transport.
- Non-compliance can result in the seizure of your firearm.
See detailed packing instructions as well as important information on other restrictions and charges as they apply to firearms on the hunting equipment section of our Special Items page.
The firearm and the ammunition must not be packed in the same container.
- Only shells and cartridges are accepted and must be carried in checked baggage. Gunpowder and gunpowder pellets are strictly prohibited.
- Ammunition must be packed in a separate, secure and strong container made of plastic, wood or metal. The original fibreboard carton can also be used but it is recommended that the carton be placed in a secondary package such as a re-sealable plastic container. To avoid shock movement, the properly packed ammunition must then be placed inside a suitcase and cushioned with clothing.
Ammunition allowance is limited to 5 kg (11 lb) per passenger. Allowances for more than one passenger cannot be combined into one or more packages.
Devices whose fuel tank is permanently attached to the device (e.g. lawn mowers, grass trimmers) are accepted as checked baggage:
- Only if they are new and in the original unopened packaging.
- Only on Air Canada and Air Canada Express flights.
See the ‘Camping equipment’ section above for specific rules regarding camping stoves.
Regardless of whether they’re in their original packaging or not, items powered by a fuel-powered engine won’t be accepted as checked baggage:
- If your itinerary includes a codeshare flight with another carrier;
- If you’re travelling to, from or via the U.S.
- If you’re travelling from or via a European Union country.
- Switzerland adheres to European Union prohibited items regulations. Items powered by a fuel-operated engine are not accepted for travel from or via that country.
Any fuel-powered device that has been previously used won’t be accepted as checked baggage:
- Fuel containers/tanks that have contained fuel (e.g. jerrican) and fuel-powered devices that have already been used contain residual amounts of fuel even after the fuel tank has been emptied.
Fuel-powered devices that are not accepted as checked baggage may be shipped via Air Canada Cargo Opens in New Window.
Tubes of oil-based and latex paint used by artists are accepted provided the material is packaged in absorbent material and placedin a heavy, plastic leak-proof bag/container.
Oil-based paint, latex paint, lacquer, stains, shellac, and oils are not accepted in carry-on or checked baggage. Please contact your local Air Canada Cargo Opens in New Window office for shipment of these items.
Arsenic, cyanide, insecticides, pesticides/weed killer and other types of poisonous or toxic substances are not accepted in either carry-on or checked baggage.
Radioactive materials. including medicinal or commercial isotopes. and devices that use radioactive materials are not accepted in either carry-on or checked baggage. All such materials must be shipped via Air Canada Cargo Opens in New Window.
A ‘Smart bag’ is a bag that has built-in charging, location tracking or other battery-powered technology.
- You may bring your ‘Smart bag’ onto the plane with you, provided it meets carry-on baggage size restrictions.
- On smaller aircraft where carry-on bags must be placed in the cargo hold, you will need to remove the battery and bring the battery into the cabin with you.
- If you plan on checking your ‘Smart bag’, you will first need to remove the battery and bring the battery into the cabin with you. We will not be able to accept your bag as checked baggage if the battery cannot be removed.
Travel to Other Countries
Canada’s policy on restricted and prohibited items may vary from that of other countries. Travellers are urged to check with their local airport operator before travelling.
Travel to, from or via the U.S. or the U.K.:
For restrictions that apply to travellers departing from the United States or the United Kingdom, visit:
Travel to European Union countries:
Passengers travelling to European Union (EU) countries are asked to take note of strict regulations that apply to the importation of restricted products such as meat and milk products for personal consumption.
Certain meat and milk products, e.g. powdered infant formula, infant food and special foods required for medical reasons are allowed to enter the EU provided:
- the product does not require refrigeration before consumption;
- it is a packaged registered trademark or proprietary brand product;
- the packaging is intact.
Passengers wishing to bring other types of meat or milk products into the EU must:
- obtain, prior to travel, all necessary documentation from official veterinary services of the country from which they are travelling (the documents must state that the goods conform to all requirements for entry into the EU);
- declare all such goods and present related documentation upon arrival at an authorized EU border inspection post for veterinary control.
All meat and milk products that do not conform to applicable regulations will be confiscated and disposed of at the EU border inspection post. Failure to declare meat and milk products may result in a fine or criminal prosecution.