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.


I have no idea why my comment was removed. Deletion power hubris? So here's my question again: Can you clarify what you mean by "EU approved" and relate it to the question? Because, for example, my 30 cm kitchen knives are also legal (EU approved?).

Mark Mayo ♦

I am confused by the votes. It seems like a pretty valid question, their site (as per the answer below) even answers it, and a google search shows that others are asking this too.


@MarkMayo It's because I'm the one who asked the question, that's all ..

Ankur Banerjee ♦

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I think this question should be posted in Parenting too, but from BA's point of view. I can only see the items that are used to disturb other passengers.


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):


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:

  1. 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.

Kate Gregory

grammatical ambiguity there. Does the clarifier "which can be confused with real weapons" apply to "toy weapons, replicas and counterfeit firearms" or only to "counterfeit firearms"? If the former, his will be allowed as his toy guns cannot be confused with real guns. In the latter case, they are not allowed as all toy weapons are prohibited. I find it more likely that it applies to all three.

JoErNanO ♦

@ KateGregory I think it only applies to replica and counterfeit firearms. The comma separates the three into two different groups.

Kate Gregory

If you're an Oxford comma person, yes. But if you aren't (I like apples, pears, and bananas) then don't. Hence the ambiguity.

Tor-Einar Jarnbjo

@JoErNanO What you are quoting here is exactly what it says in the documents I referred to in my answer. The “may be mistaken for real weapons” clause clearly also applies to toy weapons (as I wrote a few hours before you). Suppose anything else would mean that "toy weapons" are generally prohibited, but "imitation weapons that cannot be confused with real weapons" are allowed. That doesn't make any sense.


(+1) Since this article is part of a list of "devices capable of or appearing to cause serious injury by firing a projectile" and toy guns normally incapable of causing serious injury by discharging a projectile, then they must appear "able" to do so in order to be covered. I don't think this is ambiguous.

Tor-Einar Jarnbjo

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.

Michael Hampton

And it can't contain more than 100 ml of water.


@ MichaelHampton Not quite. If it contains water, the volume of the gun must not be more than 100 ml.