Dangerous goods

Dangerous goods and objects that are hazardous and may endanger the safety of our aircraft, or passengers on board. Please see below what items you may not be able to take onboard our flights.


Articles listed in the DOT Hazardous Materials Regulations (49 CFR 171 -177) and/or IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations and revisions and reissues thereof, will not be accepted for carriage as baggage.


For safety reasons, dangerous goods must not be packed in checked or cabin (unchecked) baggage except as specifically permitted. Dangerous goods include but are not limited to: compressed gases, corrosives, explosives, flammable liquids and solids, radioactive materials, oxidising materials, poisons, infectious substances, and briefcases with installed alarm devices. For security reasons, other restrictions may apply. Check with the carrier.

The following items are considered dangerous and have restrictions for air travel:

  • Corrosives
  • Gases
  • Flammable liquid
  • Oxidising materials
  • Organic peroxides
  • Toxic substances
  • Radioactive materials
  • Infectious substances
  • Explosives
  • Miscellaneous items such as petrol engines, dry ice
  • Flammable solids
  • Magnetised materials


The below items are considered dangerous and must NOT be taken onboard any Real Tonga Airlines or partner flight;

  • Battery operated small recreational vehicles
  • Damaged, distorted, leaking, or defective batteries
  • Bleaching, peroxide liquids and powders
  • Cigarette lighters with a blue flame and cigar lighters
  • Coconut meat (Copra). Retail packaged coconut products are permitted.
  • Disabling devices containing an irritant substance (e.g. mace, pepper spray)
  • Engines – Petrol or gas-powered equipment such as chainsaws, lawn mowers, hedge trimmers, and generators
  • Electro shock weapons (Tasers)
  • Explosives such as flares, fireworks, sparklers, party poppers
  • Fertilizers
  • Fibre glass repair kits
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Flammable aerosol cans (excluding toiletries)
  • Flammable gas cylinders or cartridges
  • Flammable liquids such as petrol, paint, lighter fluid, thinners, lacquer, glues
  • Flammable solids such as fire starters, moth balls
  • Industrial cleaning products
  • Insecticides
  • Any ready to eat meals (MRE)
  • Poisons such as insecticides or weed killers
  • Pool cleaning products
  • Lithium batteries or pyrotechnic devices
  • Strike anywhere matches

Please Note: If you are caught taking dangerous goods on board an aircraft, you may be liable to prosecution where severe penalties will apply.



Tongatapu, known as the ‘Sacred South’, is the main island of Tonga and the launch pad for exploring many of the other islands that surround the Kingdom. Nuku’alofa, the capital of Tongaputa, and the hub for international arrivals, is located on the north coast, and is filled with long stretches of white beaches, charming cafes, and ancient churches. You may even see a few pigs roaming around if you’re lucky.


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Truly unspoiled, this remote group of islands are dotted along the  Kingdom of Tonga, and offer year-round climate suitable for snorkelling, swimming, sailing and diving. Surrounded by crystal clear water, these 61 islands offer an abundance of activities in and out of the water. For those sailing around the South Pacific,  Neiafu, is a popular spot to dock your yacht, allowing you to explore more of  Vava’u Islands natural beauty.


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