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

Can I take this item on a plane?

Yes, you can take dry-cell [e.g. AAA, AA, C and D Cell] batteries, nickel metal hydride and fuel cells.

What are the restrictions?

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

Dry-cell and nickel metal hydride batteries are not restricted but you should:

  • carry spares in your carry-on bag
  • take steps to protect the batteries by:
    • keeping them in retail package; or
    • placing each battery in an individual bag; or
    • a protective pouch, or
    • placing tape over exposed terminals.

Fuel Cells are allowed in portable electronic device [with two spares] 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?

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.