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Restricted items


For everyone's safety, there are restrictions on what can be packed in your checked or hand baggage, and limits on how much liquid can be brought through security.

Liquids in hand baggage

You can bring a limited amount of liquid, cream and gel through security:

  • Max. 100 mls per container
  • You must pack all containers in one transparent, resealable bag (max. 1L)

The following items may be allowed over these limits:

  • Baby food and milk/formula needed on the flight – you may have to taste test if asked by security staff.
  • Medication needed for your trip – label it and bring a prescription or medical certificate in your hand baggage.
  • Tax free – pay careful attention to the restrictions on tax free liquids for your destination or transit stop.

Restrictions may vary depending on the airport you're flying from – please check the airport's website.

Don't pack in your carry-on

Make sure you know what's in your hand baggage, and be sure to remove any of these items:

Guns, firearms and other devices that discharge projectiles

Devices capable, or appearing capable, of being used to cause serious injury by discharging a projectile, including:

  • Firearms of all types, such as pistols, revolvers, rifles, shotguns
  • Toy guns, replicas and imitation firearms capable of being mistaken for real weapons
  • Component parts of firearms, excluding telescopic sights
  • Compressed air and CO2 guns, such as pistols, pellet guns, rifles and ball bearing guns
  • Signal flare pistols and starter pistols
  • Bow, cross bows and arrows
  • Harpoon guns and spear guns
  • Slingshots and catapults

Stunning devices

Devices designed specifically to stun or immobilize, including:

  • Devices for shocking, such as stun guns, tasers and stun batons
  • Animal stunners and animal killers
  • Disabling and incapacitating chemicals, gases and sprays, such as mace, pepper spray, capsicum sprays, tear gas, acid sprays and animal repellent sprays

Objects with a sharp point or sharp edge

Objects with a sharp point or sharp edge capable of being used to cause serious injury, including:

  • Items designed for chopping, such as axes, hatchets and cleavers
  • Ice axes and ice picks
  • Razor blades
  • Box cutters
  • Knives with blades of more than 6cms
  • Scissors with blades of more than 6cms as measured from the fulcrum
  • Martial arts equipment with a sharp point or sharp edge
  • Swords and sabres

Workmen’s tools

Tools capable of being used either to cause serious injury or to threaten the safety of the aircraft, including:

  • Crowbars
  • Drills and drill bits, including cordless portable power drills
  • Tools with a blade or a shaft of more than 6 cm capable of use as a weapon, such as screwdrivers and chisels
  • Saws, including cordless portable power saws
  • Blowtorches
  • Bolt guns and nail guns

Blunt instruments

Objects capable of being used to cause serious injury when used to hit, including:

  • Baseball and softball bats
  • Clubs and batons, such as billy clubs, blackjacks and night sticks
  • Martial arts equipment

Explosive and incendiary substances and devices

Explosives and incendiary substances and devices capable or appearing capable, of being used to cause serious injury or to pose a threat to the safety of aircraft, including:

  • Ammunition
  • Blasting caps
  • Detonators and fuses
  • Replica or imitation explosive devices
  • Mines, grenades and other explosive military stores
  • Fireworks and other pyrotechnics
  • Smoke-generating canisters and smoke generating cartridges
  • Dynamite, gunpowder and plastic explosives

Don't pack in your checked baggage

Be mindful when packing your checked bags, and make sure you don't include any of the following:

  • Ammunition
  • Blasting caps
  • Detonators and fuses
  • Mines, grenades and other explosive military stores
  • Fireworks and other pyrotechnics
  • Smoke-generating canisters and smoke-generating cartridges
  • Dynamite, gunpowder and plastic explosives
  • Gases including propane and butane
  • Flammable liquids including gasoline and methanol.
  • Flammable solids and reactive substances including magnesium, firelighters, fireworks and flares.
  • Oxidizers and organic peroxides including bleach and car body repair kits.
  • Toxic or infectious substances including rat poison and infected blood.
  • Radioactive material including medical or commercial isotopes.
  • Corrosives including mercury and vehicle batteries.
  • Vehicle fuel system components that have contained fuel.
  • E-cigarettes
  • Valuable items (e.g. cash, jewellery, precious stones, electronic devices, cameras etc.)
  • Fragile items (e.g. breakable items, glasses etc.)
  • Perishable foods
  • Keys, work documents, ID papers
  • Medicine and medical certificates
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