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.

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?

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.