Carry-on bag
Checked-in luggage
Chainsaw and other petrol-powered tools

Can I take this item on a plane?

You can take petrol powered tools as checked-in luggage, under certain restrictions. These tools cannot be taken in your carry-on bag.

What are the restrictions?

  • You need to satisfy your airline the engine complies with special provision A70. The airline will explain what you need to do.
  • The engine must not contain any free liquid.
  • If the engine has not been cleaned and all free liquids removed, leave it at home, as it is unlikely to be allowed to travel.

Why is this item restricted?

Combustion engines can contain liquids that are highly volatile and can have low combustion thresholds. These can’t be taken onto planes because there is a risk of them exploding or catching fire harming people and property. It is not safe to take them on the plane unless you have followed the restrictions and asked your airline in advance of your travel.

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