What can't I take on the plane in my carry-on baggage?

Guns, firearms and other devices that discharge projectiles

This includes devices that are designed to cause serious injury by discharging a projectile, or capable of being mistaken for such devices:

  • firearms of all types, including pistols, revolvers, rifles, shotguns
  • toy guns, replicas and imitation firearms capable of being mistaken for real weapons
  • component parts of firearms (excluding telescopic sights)
  • compressed air and C02 guns, including pistols, pellet guns, rifles and ball-bearing guns
  • signal flare pistols and start pistols
  • bows, crossbows and arrows
  • harpoon guns and spear guns
  • slingshots and catapults.


Immobilising devices

This includes devices designed specifically to stun or immobilise:

  • devices for shocking, such a stun guns, (e.g. tasers) and stun batons
  • animal stunners and animal killers
  • disabling and incapacitating chemicals, gases and sprays, such as mace pepper or capsicum spray, tear gas, acid sprays and animal repellent sprays.


Objects with sharp points or edges

Some sharp items, such as scissors, are permitted on board if the blade is less than 6cm.

However, objects with sharp points or edges capable of being used to cause serious injury are not permitted, including:   

  • items designed for chopping, such as axes, hatchets and cleavers
  • ice axes and ice picks
  • razor blades and box cutters
  • knives with blades of more than 6cm
  • scissors with blades of more than 6cm as measured from the fulcrum
  • martial arts equipment with sharp points or sharp edges
  • swords and sabres.


Workers' tools 

This includes workers' tools capable of being used to cause serious injury or to threaten the safety of aircraft:

  • crowbars
  • drills, drill bits of more than 6cm, and cordless portable power drills
  • tools with blades or shafts more than 6cm capable of being used as weapons such as screwdrivers, chisels
  • saws including cordless power saws
  • blow torches
  • bolt guns and nail guns.


Blunt instruments

This includes blunt instruments capable of being used to cause serious injury when used to hit:

  • baseball, softball and cricket bats
  • didgeridoos
  • clubs and batons, including billy clubs, blackjacks and nightsticks
  • martial arts equipment.


Explosives and incendiary substances and devices

This includes explosives and incendiary substances and devices capable of being used to cause serious injury or threatening the safety of aircraft:

  • ammunition
  • blasting caps
  • detonators and fuses
  • replica or imitation explosive devices
  • mines, grenades and other explosive military stores
  • pyrotechnics, including fireworks and smoke generating canisters or cartridges
  • dynamite, gunpowder and plastic explosives.