Carry-on bag
Checked-in luggage
Knives
 
 

Can I take this item on a plane?

All knives with blades longer than 6cm in length are restricted from your carry-on luggage but they can go in checked-in luggage.

If you do not need the knife during the flight, pack it in checked luggage or leave it at home.

What are the restrictions?

  • Knives with blades more than 6cm long must be carried in checked-in luggage
  • Knives with blades less than 6cm can be taken in carry-on bags

Check Knives – illegal to make sure the knives you are carrying are not offensive weapons.

Why is this item restricted?

Large knives on board a plane could be used to seriously harm passengers and crew.

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.