Carry-on bag
Checked-in luggage

Can I take this item on a plane?

All knives and multi-tools 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.

Note: To reduce the risk of injury, Aviation Security Officers will not open the blades on pocket knives or multi-tools. All pocket knives and multi-tools will be measured unopened and any that are 9.5cm in length or longer will not be allowed to travel. Multi-tools and pocket knives that measure 9.5cm in length are likely to have a blade that exceeds 6cm.

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?

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.