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Hand baggage restrictions are in place for certain objects that may pose a security or safety risk on board an aircraft. To find out which objects are prohibited, please refer to the guidelines.

Any object that is capable of (or appears to be capable of) shooting projectiles and causing injury, such as:

  • Firearms of all types (pistols, revolvers, rifles, shotguns, etc.);
  • Firearm replicas or imitations;
  • Firearm component parts (excluding telescopic sighting devices and sights);
  • Air pistols and air rifles;
  • Signal flare pistols;
  • Alarm pistols;
  • Toy guns of all types;
  • Ball-bearing guns;
  • Industrial bolt and nail guns;
  • Crossbows;
  • Slings;
  • Underwater hunting weapons;
  • Cattle slaughter pistols;
  • Stun or shocking devices, e.g. cattle prods, ballistic conducted energy weapons (taser);
  • Lighters shaped like a firearm;

Pointed or bladed articles capable of causing injury, such as:

  • Axes and hatchets;
  • Bows and arrows;
  • Crampons;
  • Harpoons and spears;
  • Ice axes and ice picks;
  • Ice skates;
  • Lockable or flick knives with blades of any length;
  • Knives, including ceremonial knives, with blades of more than 6 cm, made of metal or any other material strong enough to be used as a potential weapon;
  • Meat cleavers;
  • Machetes;
  • Open razors and blades (excluding safety or disposable razors with blades enclosed in cartridge);
  • Sabres, swords and swordsticks;
  • Scalpels;
  • Scissors with blades more than 6 cm in length;
  • Ski and walking/hiking poles;
  • Throwing stars (shurikens);
  • Professional tools that have the potential to be used as a pointed or edged weapon, e.g. drills and drill bits, box cutters, utility knives, saws of all kinds, screwdrivers, crowbars, hammers, pliers, wrenches/spanners, blow-torches, etc.;

Any blunt instrument capable of causing injury, including:

  • Baseball and softball bats;
  • Clubs or batons, rigid or flexible (e.g. billy clubs, blackjacks, nightsticks and batons);
  • Cricket bats;
  • Golf clubs;
  • Hockey sticks;
  • Lacrosse sticks;
  • Kayak and canoe paddles;
  • Skateboards;
  • Billiard, snooker and pool cues;
  • Fishing rods;
  • Martial arts equipment, e.g. knuckledusters, clubs, coshes, nunchakus, kubatons, kubasaunts;

Any explosive or highly combustible substances which pose a risk to the health of passengers and crew or the security/safety of aircraft or property, including:

  • Ammunition;
  • Blasting caps;
  • Detonators and fuses;
  • Explosives and explosive devices;
  • Replica or imitation explosive material or devices;
  • Mines and other explosive military stores;
  • Grenades of all types;
  • Gas and gas containers (e.g. butane; propane; acetylene; oxygen) in large volume;
  • Fireworks; flares (in any form) and other pyrotechnics (including party poppers and toy caps);
  • Non-safety matches;• Smoke generating canisters or cartridges;
  • Flammable liquid fuel (e.g. petrol/gasoline; diesel; lighter fluid; alcohol; ethanol);
  • Aerosol spray paint;
  • Turpentine and paint thinner;
  • Alcoholic beverages exceeding 70 % by volume (140 % proof);

Any chemical or toxic substances which pose a risk to the health of passengers and crew or the security or safety of aircraft or property, including:

  • Acids and alkalis (e.g. spillable ‘wet’ batteries);
  • Corrosive or bleaching substances (e.g. mercury, chlorine);
  • Disabling or incapacitating sprays (e.g. mace, pepper spray, tear gas);
  • Radioactive material (e.g. medicinal or commercial isotopes);


  • Infectious or biological hazardous material (e.g. infected blood, bacteria and viruses);
  • Material capable of spontaneous ignition or combustion;
  • Fire extinguishers.