Carry-on bag
Checked-in luggage
Power tools

Can I take this item on a plane?

All gas, battery, petrol and plug-in power tools are restricted from carry-on, but they can be checked-in if approved by your airline.

Power tools include nail/bolt guns, drills, skill saws, chain saws, reciprocating saws, and any other power tool designed to cut, slice or drill.

What are the restrictions?

Power tools can only be carried in checked-in luggage if approved by your airline.

You must take steps to prevent the power tool accidentally turning on. Use trigger locks or secure the on/off switch in the off position with tape.

Spare batteries, including those in moulded cases, must go in your carry-on bag. They are prohibited from checked luggage.

Why is this item restricted?

Power tools can be used as a weapon and cause harm to 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.

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