Carry-on bag
Checked-in luggage
Improvised Explosive Device (IED)

Can I take this item on a plane?

No, and you cannot take an imitation IED as it will be treated by security agencies as a real IED until they can be satisfied it is not.

What are the restrictions?

Possession of an IED or imitation is an offence punishable by a term of imprisonment.

Why is this item restricted?

Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) are explosives that can be deadly to people and aircraft.

Possession of an IED or imitation is an offence punishable by a term of imprisonment.

If you are found in possession of an IED or imitation IED it is highly likely that:

  • the NZ Police will be alerted.
  • you will be arrested.
  • you will miss your flight.
  • you will be trespassed from the airport.

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