Carry-on bag
Checked-in luggage
Power banks

Can I take this item on a plane?

Yes, you can have a power bank in your carry-on luggage. Power banks must not go in check-in luggage under any circumstances, including earbuds and hearing aid charging pods [case] which are a type of power bank.

Power banks are managed as if they were spare batteries.

What are the restrictions?

  • Carry-on bags only.
  • Must not go in check-in luggage under any circumstances.
  • You can take up to two that exceed 100Wh (but they must not exceed 160Wh) for example two power banks; or one power bank and one battery; or two batteries) if your airlines approves carriage.

Why is this item restricted?

Some types of batteries can’t be taken onto planes because there are risks with them exploding, catching fire, leaking acid or caustic chemicals, harming people and property. Power banks present a significant risk, particularly when they are used to recharge other devices.

For more information on the risks associated with lithium batteries please read the Lithium Battery Fires do Happen Here [PDF 170 KB] and Lithium Batteries - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly(external link) articles.


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