Carry-on bag
Checked-in luggage
Batteries - dry-cell and nickel-metal hydride

Can I take this item on a plane?

Yes, spare or loose dry-cell [e.g. AAA, AA, C Cell, D Cell and 9-Volt] and nickel-metal hydride batteries can go in your carry-on bag, but not checked luggage.

What are the restrictions?

The restrictions that apply to dry-cell and nickel-metal hydride batteries:

  • They are allowed in portable electronic devices in checked luggage, but only if they provide electrical power to operate the device.
  • Spare batteries must be carried in carry-on, they are prohibited from checked luggage.
  • Each person is allowed a total of 20 spare batteries [or powerbanks] unless an airline has approved the carriage of more batteries. The 20 spare batteries can be all dry-cell batteries or all nickel-metal hydride batteries or a combination of dry-cell, nickel-metal hydride, non-spillable and lithium batteries.
  • Each spare battery must be individually protected by being in retail packaging, individual bag, a protective pouch, or with tape placed over exposed terminals.

Not sure if you can take it? Contact your airline and check with them.

Why is this item restricted?

Batteries can overheat and catch fire.

What happens if I have a restricted item in my carry-on bag?

You will be asked to relinquish all dangerous or prohibited items found in your carry-on luggage. If you refuse:

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

How does Aviation Security screen for restricted items?

AvSec x-ray bags going onto aircraft to ensure there is nothing dangerous in them. If something comes up on the x-ray that needs checking, the bag will be opened, searched and any dangerous good or prohibited item will be removed, with a bag search notification form left within the bag.

What if my items are removed?

If you want to retrieve an item that has been removed, please contact your airline as soon as possible. The airline will dispose of items within three to seven days, so the sooner you make contact, the better your chance of having the items returned to you. For more information, see:

Retrieving your removed items