Carry-on bag
Checked-in luggage
Shock absorbers

Can I take this item on a plane?

No, shock absorbers, including gas struts that contain compressed liquid or gas, are not permitted onto passenger aircraft. However, if you have documentation that the shock absorbers or gas struts are permitted on an aircraft your airline may approve carriage.

What are the restrictions?

  • Shock absorbers that contain compressed liquids or gas must not be taken on a plane.
  • Contact a Regulated Air Cargo Agent to discuss how you transport them.

Why is this item restricted?

Shock absorbers contain compressed gas or liquids which present a risk of exploding.

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