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Prohibited items

There are certain items that you are not allowed to take in your carry-on baggage because they present a security risk. Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: sporting goods, kitchen utensils, tools, and other things with sharp edges or points capable of injuring someone.

Airlines may not allow other items through the security screening point in line with the airline Conditions of Carriage. If you are carrying any prohibited items you will be required to make other arrangements, such as leaving them with a friend or family member, or surrendering them at the security screening point. If you are not sure whether an item is prohibited; check with your airline, pack it in your checked baggage or leave it at home.

Given the considerable enhancement of aviation security in recent years, the Australian Government will remove the following items from the PI list, with effect from 25 December 2009:

  • Umbrellas with metal points;
  • Knitting and crochet needles;
  • Pointed metal nail files (including nail clippers);
  • Corkscrews; and
  • Racquets used in squash, tennis, badminton or any other sport.

List of prohibited items 

List of dangerous goods not allowed on an aircraft 

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Last Updated: 25 February, 2013