What I cannot take onboard
Some items are classified as prohibited items, weapons and dangerous goods that cannot be carried onboard an aircraft. If you have any of these items in your carry-on baggage, you will need to surrender these at the screening point. Surrendered items will not be stored or returned.
If in doubt about if an item can be carried onboard, check with your airline prior to arriving at the airport. In some cases, you may be able to pack the item in your checked baggage.
Prohibited items and weapons
Examples of items that cannot be carried onboard. Items that are a replica or imitations of these items are also prohibited.
Sporting goods, kitchen utensils, tools, and other items with sharp edges or points capable of injuring a person.
- Axes, hatchets or similar
- Box cutters
- Ice axes and ice picks
- Ice skates
- knives or knife-like (whether or not made of metal), including leather working knives
- Meat cleavers
- Metal cutlery
- Open/straight razors
- Rock climbing equipment such as pitons, hooks, hammers and bolts
- Screwdrivers, crowbars, hammers, pliers and wrenches
- Ski poles
- Utility knives
Sharp items that are not weapons but are capable (with or without modification) of causing harm by penetration.
- Letter openers
- Pointed metal scissors, manicure scissors and scissors with blades more than 6cm long
- Razor blades
- Hypodermic needles (without proof it is medically required)
Blunt items that are able to be used to bludgeon or threaten to bludgeon a person.
- Baseball, softball and cricket bats
- Billiard, pool or snooker cues
- Hockey and lacrosse sticks
- Golf clubs
- Pieces of wood, metal or any other materials big enough to threaten a person
Household flammable goods.
- Aerosol containers, including spray paint
- Petrol and any other flammable liquid
- Toy caps
Items capable of being used to restrain a person.
- Cable ties
- Firearms, flares, gun powders
- Daggers, flick-knives, star knives, shuriken throwing irons, stars, harpoons, sabres, swords and swordsticks and similar things and spears
- Disabling and incapacitating chemicals, gases or sprays, such as mace, pepper or capsicum spray, tear gas, acid sprays and animal-repellent sprays
- Billy clubs, leather billies, blackjacks
- Martial arts equipment such as knuckle dusters, clubs, coshes, rice flails and numchucks, kubatons, kubasaunts, night sticks and batons
- Ballistic knives and similar devices designed to discharge a projectile by means of an explosive or other propellant or mechanism, blow pipes, cross‑bows, spear guns, hunting slings, catapults, slingshots, bows and arrows
- Stun guns, cattle prods and tasers
- Dynamite, explosives (plastic or otherwise), blasting caps, blow‑torches, detonators, fuses and detonator cord, explosive flares in any form, grenades, mines and other explosive military stores, smoke cartridges
- Explosive flares in any form
- Smoke cartridges
- Botoxins and infectious substances, eg. Preparations of anthrax spores
- Chemicals toxins, eg. chemical warfare agents
For further information on what cannot be taken on board an aircraft, please see the Aviation Transport Security Act 2004, the Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2005 and the Aviation Transport Security (Prohibited Items) Instrument 2012 at: https://www.legislation.gov.au/
Dangerous goods are items or substances that when transported by aircraft are a risk to health, safety, property or the environment.
- Compressed gases
- Lithium batteries
- Radioactive materials
- Strong acids
- Flammable liquids
- Dangerous or volatile chemicals
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) also has a list of dangerous goods (that are not permitted in your carry-on or checked baggage. Before you pack, visit the Can I pack that? dangerous goods app to check what items you can and cannot take onboard.
Examples of common items that may be permitted.
Household and personal items
- Plastic cutlery knife
- Fork with square-ended or round-ended tines and a handle that is round-ended and non-detachable
- Blunt-ended or round-ended scissors with blades less than 6cm long
- Safety razor
- Hypodermic needle (if accompanied with medical proof)
- Matches and lighters
- Lighter fluid
- Allen keys (under 6cm)
- Knitting and crochet needles
- Racquets used in squash, tennis, badminton
- Pointed metal nail files
- Umbrella with metal points
Due to the number of items passing through security, it is not possible to list them all. Security screening officers and the airline are responsible for ensuring security standards are met and have the final say about what items are permitted. Check with your airline before travel as they may have additional restrictions.