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Dangerous and Restricted items

The EU has strict security measures in place to keep dangerous items from being taken on board a flight. Find out what you can't take in your hand baggage (bags you carry with you) and what cannot be taken on a plane at all.

What you cannot take in your hand baggage

You cannot take any objects in your hand baggage that can cause injury to yourself and other passengers. These are considered ‘prohibited' and you are only allowed to take these items in your hold baggage (bags you check in).

Prohibited items are also not allowed in the shopping areas of the airport (sometimes called 'airside'), or in the cabin of the plane at any time.

If you have any questions about what you can or can't take with you, please contact your airline or airport directly.

Pointed/edged weapons and sharp objects

The following is not allowed in your hand baggage.

Including but not limited to:

  • axes and hatchets
  • arrows and darts
  • crampons
  • harpoons and spears
  • ice axes and ice picks
  • ice skates
  • lockable or flick knives with blades of any length
  • knives, including ceremonial knives, made of metal or any other material strong enough to be used as a potential weapon
  • meat cleavers
  • machetes
  • open razors and blades (excluding safety or disposable razors with blades enclosed in cartridge)
  • sabres, swords and swordsticks
  • scalpels
  • scissors with blades more than 3cm in length
  • ski and walking/hiking poles
  • throwing stars
  • tradesman's tools that have the potential to be used as a pointed or edged weapons, including drills and drill bits, box cutters, utility knives, all saws, screwdrivers, crowbars, hammers, pliers, wrenches/spanners, blow torches

Blunt instruments

Including but not limited to:

  • baseball and softball bats
  • clubs or batons - rigid or flexible – including Billy clubs, blackjacks, night sticks and batons
  • cricket bats
  • golf clubs
  • hockey sticks
  • lacrosse sticks
  • kayak and canoe paddles
  • skateboards
  • billiard, snooker and pool cues
  • fishing rods
  • martial arts equipment such as knuckle dusters, clubs, coshes, rice flails, num chucks, kubatons, kubasaunts

What cannot be taken on a plane

The following items are considered dangerous and cannot under any circumstances be taken in your hand or hold baggage.

Guns, firearms and weapons

Any object capable of being a weapon, discharging a projectile or causing injury is prohibited and cannot be taken in either your hold or hand baggage. In a few cases, however, some of the items on this list may be allowed in your hold baggage. You will first need to make special arrangements with your airline. Please contact them if you have any questions. 

Items include but are not limited to:

  • all firearms (pistols, revolvers, rifles, shotguns)
  • replica and imitation firearms
  • component parts of firearms (excluding telescopic sighting devices and sights)
  • air pistols, rifles and pellet guns
  • signal flare pistols
  • starter pistols
  • toy guns of all types
  • ball bearing guns
  • industrial bolt and nail guns
  • cross bows
  • catapults
  • harpoon and spear guns
  • animal humane killers
  • stun or shocking devices such as cattle prods and ballistic conducted energy weapons (taser)
  • lighters shaped like a firearm

Explosives and flammable substances

Substances that pose a risk to the health of passengers and crew are prohibited and cannot be taken in your hand or hold baggage.

These include but are not limited to:

  • explosives and explosive devices including detonators, fuses, grenades, mines
  • blasting caps
  • detonators and fuses
  • explosives and explosive devices
  • replica or imitation explosive material or devices
  • mines and other explosive military stores
  • grenades of all types
  • gas and gas containers such as butane, propane, acetylene and oxygen in large volumes
  • fireworks, flares in any form and other pyrotechnics, including party poppers and toy caps
  • non-safety matches
  • smoke generating canisters or cartridges
  • flammable liquids and fuels, such as petrol/gasoline, diesel, lighter fluid, alcohol, ethanol and methanol
  • flammable solids and reactive substances, including magnesium, firelighters, fireworks, flares
  • aerosol spray paint
  • turpentine and paint thinner
  • alcoholic beverages exceeding 70 percent by volume (140 percent proof)

Chemical and toxic substances

Chemical that pose a risk to the health of passengers and crew are prohibited and cannot be taken in either your hold or hand baggage.                        

They include but are not limited to:

  • oxidizers and organic peroxides, including bleach and car body repair kits
  • acids and alkalis such as spillable 'wet' batteries
  • corrosives or bleaching substances including mercury and chlorine
  • vehicle batteries and vehicle fuel systems
  • disabling or incapacitating sprays including mace, pepper spray, tear gas
  • radioactive material, including medicinal or commercial isotopes
  • poisons and toxic substances, including rat poison
  • infectious substances or biological hazardous material such as infected blood, bacteria and viruses
  • material capable of spontaneous ignition or combustion
  • fire extinguishers



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