Are nerf weapons allowed on airplanes?
Are children's toy guns allowed as hand baggage on a British Airways flight?
Are children's toy guns allowed on a BA aircraft?
- One is a water gun and the other is a nerf gun
- They are not replica weapons. I understand that replica guns are almost illegal in the UK.
- Our flight is within the UK
- They are carried by the child themselves
I'm almost sure they're allowed, but when I was a kid, security at a Moroccan airport took my shotgun from me and his exact words were "We didn't agree on that". However, children's toys in the Arab world do not follow standards and a plastic bullet from this weapon could really hurt.
I assume that my child's guns are EU approved because I bought them from Toys R Us.
By EU approval I mean that manufacturers follow EU safety standards and that these toys do not pose a threat to children or passengers and cannot be used to hijack or sabotage the aircraft.
Mark Mayo ♦
Ankur Banerjee ♦
The British Airways Liquids, Prohibited and Restricted Items page has a link to a PDF document listing the items that cannot be carried as hand baggage. This document mentions that toy weapons are prohibited in hand luggage (Emhpasis Mine):
PASSENGERS AND CABIN POCKET
Without prejudice to the applicable safety regulations, passengers are not permitted to carry the following items in their person or in hand luggage in security areas or on board an aircraft:
Guns, firearms, and other devices that fire projectiles - devices that are capable or appear to cause serious injury by dropping a projectile, including:
- Firearms of all kinds such as pistols, revolvers, rifles, shotguns
- Toy guns , Replicas and counterfeit firearms that can be mistaken for real weapons
It can therefore be assumed that Both Nerf and Water Gun can be classified as toy guns and neither is allowed as hand baggage on a British Airways flight.
To be extra sure, you can contact British Airways and ask them directly.
Within the EU, you can bring the water pistol with you, but not the Nerf pistol in your hand luggage.
The relevant EU regulation forbids "devices that shoot projectiles" that are supposed to cover the Nerf cannon. The water gun is fine as long as it is obviously a toy gun and does not appear to be capable of causing serious injury by firing a projectile.
Categories of items prohibited in hand luggage are listed in Annex Part B of Commission Regulation (EC) No. 272/2009. This is also where you can find a list of the items that fall under the blocked categories.
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