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I will be soon flying with Ryanair from the UK and realized that I will be carrying a toner cartridge for a laser printer. Interestingly, in 2010 there was a foiled plan that involved turning toner cartridges into bombs. Soon after carrying a package with more than 500g was banned, at least initially.

I have searched the airport website, the website of Ryanair and generally the 'net, but I cannot find anything about the current situation: it appears as though nobody cares about toner anymore. Could someone clarify whether there are currently any restrictions on carrying toner cartridges?

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    The Guardian in an article from 2010 reporting on this ban said "Toner ink cartridges larger than 500g (17.6oz) will be forbidden on all flights leaving the UK from midnight tonight, and the ban is expected to remain in place for a month", so hopefully it really was just a temporary ban. – Traveller Dec 5 '14 at 23:53
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According to the customer helpdesk of British Airways:

Ink and toner cartridges weighing more than 500g will NOT be permitted as hand baggage on board our aircraft for all flights to or from the UK.

Source. Noteworthy: the last update is timestamped at 23/05/2014.

Hence, checked baggage should be fine, as long as you don't go to the US:

Ink and toner cartridges weighing more than 16 oz (453 g) will NOT be permitted as hand baggage or checked baggage on board our aircraft for all flights to or from the USA.

This applies to both ink and toner cartridges.

// edit: it appears the regulations may be carrier specific, as KLM explicitly lists printer cartridges under 'Chemical and toxic substances' that cannot be taken onto the aircraft (regardless of weight). Ryanair has a similar clause in its prohibited items section, but it doesn't explicitly mention printer cartridges. To be sure, I'd give Ryanair a call.

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