Carry-on bag
Checked-in luggage
Batteries - other types

Can I take this item on a plane?

Yes, you can take fuel cells but spillable [lead acid] batteries are prohibited unless for a mobility device.

 Alert: From January 1 2021, no loose or spare batteries will be allowed in passengers' checked luggage. This includes batteries in their original retail packaging. There will also be a limit of 20 loose or spare batteries of any type allowed in carry-on luggage, unless an airline has approved the carriage of more batteries. This is due to changes to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations.

What are the restrictions?

Spillable [lead acid] batteries are not permitted onto aircraft unless for a mobility device and with the airline’s approval.

Fuel Cells are allowed in portable electronic devices [with two spares in carry-on] if they are marked "Approved for carriage in aircraft cabin only", if not, it MUST NOT be permitted on board the aircraft.

Not sure if you can take it? Contact your airline and check with them.

Why is this item restricted?

Batteries can overheat and catch fire.

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