Carry-on bag
Checked-in luggage
Dry ice - Carbon dioxide

Can I take this item on a plane?

Yes, you can carry limited amounts of dry ice, but only if used in packaging to keep perishables frozen.

What are the restrictions?

  • Only if the airline approves carriage
  • Only use containers that have been manufactured for that purpose, as the package must be vented to release carbon dioxide.
  • There is a limit of 2.5kg of dry ice per passenger.

Why is this item restricted?

Dry ice is a hazardous chemical and there are restrictions on carriage to prevent harm to persons, property or the plane.

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