Carry-on bag
Checked-in luggage
Boomerang
Within 40cm restriction
Within 40cm restriction
 
 
Exceeds 40cms restriction
Exceeds 40cms restriction
 
 
Didgeridoo
Within 40cm restriction
Within 40cm restriction
 
 
Exceeds 40cms restriction
Exceeds 40cms restriction
 
 
Dirks and Sgian Dubh
Dirks and Sgian Dubh
 
 
Heru [comb]
Heru [comb]
 
 
Hoe [waka paddle]
Hoe [waka paddle]
 
 
Kirpans
Kirpans
 
 
Mere, Wahaika and Patu
Mere, Wahaika and Patu
 
 
Purerehua [bull roarer]
Exceeds 20cm restriction
 
 
Within 20cm restriction
 
 
Putorino [bugle flute]
Putorino [bugle flute]
 
 
Taiaha
Taiaha
 
 
Toki
As a pendant
 
 
If attached to a handle
 
 
Tokotoko
Tokotoko
 
 

Can I take this item on a plane?

Yes, but some items are subject to restrictions. Some passengers would like to take culturally significant items into the cabin of the aircraft with them. This is not always possible, as some items are restricted from entering the cabin of aircraft due to security concerns.

What are cultural items?

Culturally significant items are those things you attribute a higher personal value to, including for:

  • Cultural reasons e.g. Tokotoko [ceremonial walking stick];
  • Religious reasons e.g. Sikh’s Kirpan; and
  • Family reasons e.g. heirloom, knife from the Great War.

What are the restrictions?

The Aviation Security Service is required to prevent passengers from taking items capable of causing serious injury on board an aircraft.  This includes firearms, disabling weapons and explosives, but also includes:

  • Blunt instruments capable of being used to bludgeon; and
  • Blades and metal shafts capable of being used to stab or slice.

 

If the item you are taking is not listed below, but has similar characteristics to an item that cannot go as carry-on, please pack in your checked luggage

How do I safely pack and protect a cultural item?

If you have concerns that your property could be damaged, here are four packing tips that will help protect it:

  1. If the item is fragile, wrap it in bubble wrap. Bubble wrap provides significantly more protection than clothing or towels
  2. For added protection place in a suitable [quality] box
  3. Pad the box with additional bubble wrap to provide additional cushioning and prevent the item moving around.
  4. Use quality adhesive tape to seal your box

 

If the item cannot fit in the overhead storage, the item will need to go as checked luggage.  If you are concerned that the item could be damaged during carriage by air, you must consult with your airline to discuss appropriate carriage.

 

There is a risk that the airline may refuse carriage of valuable items if you have not advised them before you travel.

What are the restrictions in other countries?

Other countries may have less or more strict rules around these items, so you should always check with your airline if you are flying internationally.

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?

We x-ray bags going on planes to make sure 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 or prohibited item will be removed.