There are some everyday items that cannot be taken into the cabin of an aircraft but are okay to travel in checked in luggage.

If you try to take these items into the cabin, either on your person or in your carry-on luggage, you will be asked to voluntarily relinquish them before you will be able to board the aircraft.

Refer to the “Everyday Items as offensive weapons” table to see what items must be packed in your checked-in luggage:

Animal bolt gun

Description

What could happen?

 pi Animal bolt gun

Animal bolt guns are restricted from carry-on luggage but they can go in your checked-in luggage but only if approved by your airline.

You will be requested to relinquish any animal bolt guns found in your carry-on luggage. If you fail to relinquish it:

  • you will not be permitted to move through the screening point
  • your airline will be advised of your refusal.

Axes and hatchets

 pi axes

All axe type implements are restricted from carry-on luggage but they can go in your checked-in luggage.  Axe type implements include:

  • Axes
  • Hatchets
  • Tomahawks
  • Ice axes
  • Battle axes.

You will be requested to relinquish any axes found in your carry-on luggage. If you fail to relinquish it:

  • you will not be permitted to move through the screening point
  • your airline will be advised of your refusal.

Boomerangs

 pi boomerang

All boomerangs that are more than 40cm in length, measured from tip to tip, are restricted from carry-on luggage but they can go in your checked-in luggage.

 

You will be requested to relinquish any boomerangs longer than 40.cm found in your carry-on luggage. If you fail to relinquish it:

  • you will not be permitted to move through the screening point
  • your airline will be advised of your refusal.

Box cutters

 pi box cutters

All box cutters [commonly known as Stanley Knives] and any other like tool that contains a razor type blade [used to slice] are restricted from carry-on luggage but they can go in your checked-in luggage.

 

You will be requested to relinquish any box cutter found in your carry-on luggage. If you fail to relinquish it:

  • you will not be permitted to move through the screening point
  • your airline will be advised of your refusal.

Briefcase - security

 pi briefcase

 

Security briefcases that contain an explosive charge, as part of a security feature, are not permitted onto an aircraft under any circumstances.

Leave it at home.

 

If you check-in this type of briefcase it will be handed over to your airline.

If this briefcase is detected as carry-on you will be requested to relinquish it. If you fail to relinquish the briefcase:

  • you will not be permitted to move through the screening point; and
  • your airline will be advised of your refusal.
 

Christmas crackers

 pi xmas crackers

Christmas crackers can go as carry-on and checked-in luggage.

There are no limits on the quantity of Christmas crackers permitted.

Cracker snaps that are used to make home-made crackers are not permitted to be carried in your carry-on or checked-in luggage.

Cracker snaps found in your checked-in luggage will be removed and destroyed. You will be requested to relinquish any cracker snaps located in your carry-on luggage. If you fail to relinquish them:

  • you will not be permitted to move through the screening point
  • your airline will be advised of your refusal.

Didgeridoo

 pi digeridoo All didgeridoos that are more than 40.cm in length, measured from tip to tip, are restricted from carry-on luggage but they can go in your checked-in luggage.

You will be requested to relinquish any didgeridoos longer than 40cm found in your carry-on luggage. If you fail to relinquish it:

  • you will not be permitted to move through the screening point
  • your airline will be advised of your refusal.

Firecrackers

 pi firecrackers

Fireworks are not permitted onto an aircraft under any circumstances.

Leave them at home.

Fireworks located in your checked-in luggage will be removed and destroyed.

You will be requested to relinquish any fireworks located in your carry-on luggage. If you fail to relinquish them:

  • you will not be permitted to move through the screening point
  • your airline will be advised of your refusal.

Flare gun

 pi flare gun

All flare guns and flares are restricted from carry-on luggage but they can go in your checked-in luggage if approved by your airline.

You will be requested to relinquish any flare guns or flares located in your carry-on luggage. If you fail to relinquish them:

  • you will not be permitted to move through the screening point
  • your airline will be advised of your refusal.

Hiking poles

hiking poles

Hiking poles are allowed in carry-on if they are constructed of lightweight material such as aluminium or carbon fibre and can fit in the overhead locker. 

Hiking poles made of heavier material must be carried in checked luggage.

You will be requested to relinquish any hiking pole that would make an effective bludgeoning weapon found in your carry-on luggage. If you fail to relinquish it:

  • You will not be permitted to move through the screening point; and
  • Your airline will be advised of your refusal.

Ice picks/axes

 pi ice pick

All ice picks [axes] are restricted from carry-on luggage but they can go in your checked in luggage.

Ice picks/chippers for domestic use with a metal shaft of more than 6cm cannot go as carry-on luggage but may go in your checked-in luggage.

 

You will be requested to relinquish any ice pick / axe located in your carry-on luggage. If you fail to relinquish it:

  • you will not be permitted to move through the screening point
  • your airline will be advised of your refusal.

Kirpans

   
 pi sri sahib kirpan

All kirpans with blades longer than 6cm in length are restricted from your carry-on luggage but they can go in checked-in luggage.

Check Unlawful weapons to make sure the kirpans you are carrying are not offensive weapons.

 

You will be requested to relinquish any kirpan with a blade of more than 6.cm located in your carry-on luggage. If you fail to relinquish them:

  • you will not be permitted to move through the screening point
  • your airline will be advised of your refusal.
 

Knitting needles

 pi knitting needles

Knitting needles [accompanied by yarn] are not subject to any restrictions and are permitted in your carry-on luggage.

 

You will be permitted to take knitting needles in your carry-on.

Knives

   

  pi knives2

All knives with blades longer than 6cm in length are restricted from your carry-on luggage but they can go in checked-in luggage.

Check Unlawful weapons to make sure the knives you are carrying are not offensive weapons.

 

You will be requested to relinquish any knife with a blade of more than 6.cm located in your carry-on luggage. If you fail to relinquish them:

  • you will not be permitted to move through the screening point
  • your airline will be advised of your refusal.
 

Maori weapons

 pi maori weapons

All Maori weapons [including souvenirs] that are more than 20cm in length, measured from end to end, are restricted from carry-on luggage but they can go in your checked-in luggage.

You will be requested to relinquish any Maori weapons that are longer than 20cm in length from your carry-on luggage. If you fail to relinquish them:

  • you will not be permitted to move through the screening point
  • your airline will be advised of your refusal.

Martial arts - blades

 pi martial arts

All martial arts weapons with blades are restricted from carry-on but may [if not an offensive weapon] be checked in including:

  • kamas
  • sai
  • ronin
  • shurken.

If you have concerns with their lawfulness leave them at home.

You will be requested to relinquish any martial arts weapon with a blade found in your carry-on luggage. If you fail to relinquish them:

  • you will not be permitted to move through the screening point
  • your airline will be advised of your refusal.
 

Martial arts - bludgeon

 pi martial arts blugeon

All martial arts bludgeoning weapons are restricted from carry-on but may [if not an offensive weapon] be checked-pin, including:

  • nunchucks
  • dab bong
  • bo stick
  • rattan.

If you have concerns with their lawfulness leave them at home.

You will be requested to relinquish any martial arts bludgeoning type weapons found in your carry-on luggage. If you fail to relinquish them:

  • you will not be permitted to move through the screening point
  • your airline will be advised of your refusal.

 

Medal fixing pins

 pi medals

Medal fixing pins are not subject to any restrictions and are permitted in your carry-on or checked in luggage or on the person [for displaying medals].

You will be permitted to carry your medals and medal fixing pins.

Mobility aids

   

mobility aids

Mobility aid such as walking sticks and crutches are allowed in carry-on if:

  • They are to assist you with your mobility; and
  • They are constructed of lightweight material.

You will be requested to relinquish any mobility aid carried as carry-on that is not used to assist with your mobility, or is a type that would make an effective bludgeoning weapon. If you fail to relinquish it:

  • You  will not be permitted to move through the screening point; and
  • Your airline will be advised of your refusal.

Party poppers

   

 pi party poppers

Party poppers are not permitted onto an aircraft under any circumstances.

Leave them at home.

 

Party poppers located in your checked-in luggage will be removed and destroyed.

You will be requested to relinquish any party poppers found in your carry-on luggage. If you fail to relinquish them:

  • you will not be permitted to move through the screening point
  • your airline will be advised of your refusal.

Razors

   

 pi razors

All razor blades including straight cut razors [irrespective of size] cannot go as carry-on luggage but they may go in your checked-in luggage.

Shavers with shaving cartridges are permitted in both carry-on and check-in luggage.

 

You will be requested to relinquish any razor blades found in your carry-on luggage. If you fail to relinquish them:

  • you will not be permitted to move through the screening point
  • your airline will be advised of your refusal.

Recreational weapons

   

 pi rec weapons

 

All recreational weapons used for hunting that discharge a projectile are restricted from carry-on luggage but they can be checked-in, if approved by your airline. Recreational weapons include:

  • bow and arrows
  • cross bow
  • harpoon gun
  • slingshots/catapults
  • spear guns/slings.
 

 

You will be requested to relinquish any recreational weapons found in your carry-on luggage. If you fail to relinquish them:

  • you will not be permitted to move through the screening point
  • your airline will be advised of your refusal.
 

Scissors

 

 

 pi scissors

All scissors with blades of more than 6cm in length, measured from the fulcrum, are restricted from carry-on luggage but they can go in your checked-in luggage.

You will be requested to relinquish any scissors with a blade exceeding 6.cm found in your carry-on luggage. If you fail to relinquish them:

  • you will not be permitted to move through the screening point
  • your airline will be advised of your refusal.

Sports equipment

   
 pi sports equipment All sports equipment that could be used as an effective bludgeoning weapon are restricted from carry-on luggage but they can go in your checked-in luggage. Sports equipment that must go as checked-in luggage includes:
  • baseball/softball bats
  • cricket bat/stump
  • croquet mallet
  • golf club
  • hockey stick
  • ice skate
  • pool/billiard cues
You will be requested to relinquish any sports equipment that can be used to bludgeon found in our carry-on luggage. If you fail to relinquish them:
  • you will not be permitted to move through the screening point
  • your airline will be advised of your refusal.
 

Swords

 

 

 pi swords

No swords are permitted in carry-on luggage but some swords may be carried in your checked-in luggage.

Sword sticks are strictly prohibited.

If you intend to travel with a sword contact your airline for advice.

You will be requested to relinquish any sword found in your carry-on luggage. If you fail to relinquish it:

  • you will not be permitted to move through the screening point
  • your airline will be advised of your refusal.

Tent pegs

   

pi tent pegs

Tent pegs with metal shafts that are more than 6cm in length are restricted from carry-on luggage but they can go in your checked-in luggage.

You will be requested to relinquish any tent pegs with a metal shaft of more than 6.cm found in your carry-on luggage. If you fail to relinquish them:

  • you will not be permitted to move through the screening point
  • your airline will be advised of your refusal.

Tools (hand)

   

 pi tools hand

All hand tools that are 20cm or longer and could be used as an effective bludgeoning weapon are restricted from carry-on luggage but they can go in your checked-in luggage. Hand tools that must go as checked-in luggage includes:

  • hammers [sledge, claw or ball]
  • spades and other like tools
  • crescent/spanners
  • crow/pry bar
  • flash-light.

 

You will be requested to relinquish any tools that can be used to bludgeon found in your carry-on luggage. If you fail to relinquish them:

  • you will not be permitted to move through the screening point
  • your airline will be advised of your refusal.

 Tools (metal shaft)

   

 pi tools metal shaft

All tools with metal shafts that are more than 6cm in length are restricted from carry-on luggage but they can go in your checked-in luggage. Tools with metal shafts include:

  • screwdrivers
  • chisels
  • drill bits
  • nails.

 

You will be requested to relinquish any tool with a metal shaft of more than 6.cm found in your carry-on luggage. If you fail to relinquish them:

  • you will not be permitted to move through the screening point
  • your airline will be advised of your refusal.

Tools (power)

   

 pi tools power

All [gas, battery, petrol and plug-in] power tools are restricted from carry-on but they can be checked-in if approved by your airline; including:

  • nail/bolt guns
  • drills
  • skill saws
  • chain saws
  • reciprocating saw
  • any other power tool designed to cut, slice or drill.
 

You will be requested to relinquish any power tools found in your carry-on luggage. If you fail to relinquish them:

  • you will not be permitted to move through the screening point
  • your airline will be advised of your refusal.

If there is any free fuel in the power tool it will not be permitted onto the aircraft.

 

Umbrella 

 

 

 pi umbrella

Umbrellas are not subject to any restrictions and are permitted in your carry-on or checked in luggage.

 You will be permitted to take your umbrella.

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