Carry-on bag
Checked-in luggage
Firearms - imitation

Can I take this item on a plane?

Carriage of imitation firearms is permitted only as checked-in luggage and only if the airline approves carriage.

If a toy or replica firearm could be mistaken for a real firearm then it is considered to be an imitation firearm.

What are the restrictions?

  • Imitation firearms are only permitted as checked-in luggage.
  • Ask your airline for approval before traveling.
  • Toy guns that are obviously toys are not restricted.

Note: We do not recommend passengers take toy guns when they travel as this will result in your bag being searched and may result in the toy removed. The carriage of toy guns will also create delays as your bag will need to be opened to verify that the item is safe.

Why is this item restricted?

As it is almost impossible to tell the difference between imitation firearms and real firearms the response from security agencies will be to treat the gun as a real firearm.

If you are found in possession of an imitation firearm on your person or in carry-on luggage:

  • the NZ Police will be alerted
  • you may be arrested
  • the imitation firearm may be seized.

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