Carry-on bag
Checked-in luggage
Ear buds (wireless) / AirPods

Can I take this item on a plane?

Yes, you can take wireless ear buds and AirPods in your carry-on luggage. They must not go in check-in luggage under any circumstances.

The wireless ear buds / AirPods charger is a form of power bank.

What are the restrictions?

  • Carry-on bags only.
  • Must not go in check-in luggage under any circumstances.
  • Each person is allowed a total of 20 spare batteries or power banks in their carry-on, unless an airline has approved the carriage of more batteries. The wireless ear buds / AirPods charger is considered one of the 20 spare batteries or power banks allowed in passenger’s carry-on.

Why is this item restricted?

Some types of batteries present a risk of them exploding and catching fire. Power banks present a significant risk, particularly when they are used to recharge other devices.

Some airlines, including Air New Zealand, specify in their conditions of carriage that you can only travel with your wireless ear buds / AirPods chargers in carry-on and not check-in luggage. Please refer to their website link).

For more information on the risks associated with power banks and other lithium batteries please read the Lithium Batteries - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly [PDF 254 KB] article.

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.