Carry-on bag
Checked-in luggage
Tools with a metal shaft

Can I take this item on a plane?

All tools with metal shafts that are more than 6cm in length are restricted from carry-on luggage, but they can go in your checked-in luggage.

Tools with metal shafts include screwdrivers, chisels, drill bits, and nails.

What are the restrictions?

All tools with metal shafts more than 6cm in length can only be carried in checked-in luggage.

Why is this item restricted?

Tools with a metal shaft 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