Dangerous Goods

All baggage, cargo and any hand luggage carried on all Samoa Airways aircraft will be subject to mandatory safety and security screening and searching, through the use of:

  • X-Ray machine
  • Physical and Manual search
  • Use of hand held detectors

Please be aware physical and manual searches may be carried out at all airports and all baggage, boxes and cargo are opened for physical inspections. These checks are carried out by the screening authority or Samoa Airways Security contractors.


Items such as knives of any size, metallic objects, spare parts, umbrella, curves with sharp edges, that has the potential to be used as a weapon in the cabin are not allowed in your carry on luggage. These items must be placed in your checked luggage.


Check in or hold baggage should only be personal effects. Any machinery items such as generators, chainsaws, spare parts should be consigned as cargo as these will not be accepted as checked luggage. Matches or gas lighters are not allowed to be carried on the aircraft either as cabin or checked luggage. All baggage should not be left unattended at the airport, nor should any baggage be given to Samoa Airways or security staff for safe keeping. Passengers are required to have all their baggage with them at all times, with the exception of checked baggage already in Samoa Airways care.

Unaccompanied baggage will not be transported on any Samoa Airways aircraft. All baggage should be attached to a passenger. Passengers who fail to board a flight will have their baggage offloaded before the aircraft departs. Cardboard, polystyrene and other types of non-sealable boxes must be plastic wrapped in entirety, otherwise they will not be accepted.


All liquids, aerosol and gels that are over 100ml or more than 3.4 fl oz should not be carried into the cabin or as hand luggage and should be placed in your checked luggage. LAGs that are less than 100mls can be carried as cabin luggage provided it is placed in a clear sealable plastic bag. LAGs bought in Airport Departure areas can be carried onboard the aircraft between your port of departure and your first arrival port. No LAGs are permitted through transit points at any airport.


It is a mandatory requirement that all firearms or weapons of any sort that is intended for carriage on all Samoa Airways aircraft must be formally declared. Please note that (i) Firearms may be eligible to travel as checked baggage however Ammunitions must travel as freight, (ii) a valid Police Permit is required and (iii) CAAFI approval required 7 days prior to travel.


Passengers are permitted in or as checked baggage any portable electronic devices (PED) containing lithium metal or lithium ion cells or batteries. These devices include consumer electronics such as cameras, mobile phones, laptops, tablets and power tanks, when carried by passengers or crew for personal use. This does not include Lithium Battery-Powered Vehicles which are not permitted as stated below. The batteries which are in these portable electronic devices must not exceed 2g for lithium metal batteries and 100wh for lithium ion batteries.

Spare Batteries- Passengers are only permitted maximum of 2 spare batteries as part of their personal baggage but it may only be carried in or as cabin baggage. Each spare battery may exceed 100wh but nor exceeding 160wh for consumer electronic devices and PED. As for PED only, lithium content may exceed 2g but not exceeding 8g.

As for portable medical devices, like portable oxygen concentrators (POC), customers must contact Reservations to ascertain if the portable medical device is an approved device or not.
Prohibition on Carriage of Small Lithium Battery-Powered Vehicles
Samoa Airways has with immediate effect implemented a total Prohibition on Carriage of Small Lithium Battery-Powered Vehicles. Some examples of these small lithium battery-powered vehicles are: airwheel, solowheel, hoverboard, mini-segway, balance wheel.

These devises are not “mobility aids”, but instead be treated as “portable electronic devices” (PED) on the basis that the item subject to the Regulations is the lithium ion battery that powers these devices. The batteries have been reported to be above the watt hour rate of 160wh, counterfeit and sourced from pirate products.

The prohibition is effected after evaluation and deliberations by the DG Committee on the risk associated with these devices until reviewed.


Passengers are permitted to carry in cabin cremated human remains contained in a sealed urn, with the following conditions for which the accompanying customer(s) must have proof of:

  • Funeral Home documentation
  • Death Certificate
  • Necessary health and quarantine documentation as per the departing & arrival country’s requirements.

Customers are responsible for attaining all the necessary documentation. At the airport, the sealed urn must pass successfully through the x-ray machine at the airport security point(s). Therefore it is important that the urn is of reasonable size and made of wood, plastic, cardboard or non-lead lined ceramic which allows the x-ray machine to easily examine its contents. Urns which generate an opaque image will not be permitted through airport security and no security personnel or other is authorized to open the urn to verify the contents.