What you cannot take onboard

When you fly, it's important to know what not to pack so you comply with safety standards and help protect against threats. There are several items you must not carry in your hand luggage, including prohibited items, weapons, dangerous goods, and liquids, aerosols and gels.

Prohibited items

Some items are prohibited from being carried onboard to ensure your safety. These are called prohibited items and include sporting goods, kitchen utensils, tools and other items with sharp edges or points capable of injuring someone. If you're not sure whether an item is prohibited, check with your airline, pack it in your checked baggage or leave it at home.


Weapons of any kind are not permitted to be carried onto an aircraft on you or in your carry-on bag. Weapons include but are not limited to firearms, parts of firearms including ammunition, replica firearms and martial arts equipment. If you're not sure whether an item is a weapon or not, check with your airline or leave it at home. For further information, please visit the TravelSECURE website.

Dangerous goods

There are a range of items which are not permitted onboard an aircraft because they are considered a dangerous good. These goods may be explosive, flammable, magnetic, caustic or generally too dangerous to be taken on the aircraft. To find out more about dangerous goods, visit the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority.


If you're travelling overseas, there are restrictions on the quantity of liquids, aerosols and gels you may carry onboard, including those bought from duty free. These restrictions protect against the threat of liquid explosives and apply to all passengers arriving and leaving on international flights, as well as those who are transiting and/or travelling on the domestic leg of an international flight within Australia. Certain exemptions apply for medicines, medical products, medical devices and baby products that you may need during the flight. The Australian Government’s TravelSECURE website provides further information about LAG restrictions and exemptions.