Dangerous Goods

What are Dangerous Goods

Dangerous Goods are items that may endanger the safety of an aircraft or persons on board the aircraft. They are also known as restricted articles and hazardous materials. Their carriage on aircraft is governed by the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority Regulations.

Except as indicated in 'A guide to Dangerous Goods', dangerous goods must not be carried in (or as) passenger or crewchecked or carry-on baggage.

Dangerous Goods

Civil Aviation Safety Regulations forbid the carriage of most items of Dangerous Goods onto an aircraft.

Dangerous Goods

Firearms and Ammunition

We may agree to carry firearms and ammunition as checked baggage. If we do these items must be packed in accordance with all applicable national and international laws and regulations.

Firearms and Ammunition

A guide to Dangerous Goods

What to take out, what to declare and what's okay

Disabling devices such as mace, pepper spray, etc. containing an irritant or incapacitating substance are prohibited on the person, in checked and carry-on baggage. No No No Not Applicable Not Applicable
Electro shock weapons (e.g. Tasers) containing dangerous goods such as explosives, compressed gases, lithium batteries, etc. are forbidden in carry-on baggage or checked baggage or on the person. No No No Not Applicable Not Applicable
Security-type attache cases, cash boxes, cash bags , etc. incorporating dangerous goods, such as lithium batteries and/or pyrotechnic material, are totally forbidden. No No No Not Applicable Not Applicable
Ammunition (cartridges for weapons), securely packaged (in Div. 1.4S, UN 0012 or UN 0014 only), in quantities not exceeding 5 kg (11 lb) gross weight per person for that person's own use, excluding ammunition with explosive or incendiary projectiles. Allowances for more than one passenger must not be combined into one or more packages. More Details No Yes No Yes No
Battery-powered wheelchairs or other similar mobility devices with non-spillable batteries. More details No Yes No Yes No
Battery-powered wheelchairs or other mobility devices with spillable batteries or with lithium batteries. More Details No Yes No Yes Yes
Battery-powered mobility aids with lithium ion batteries (collapsible). Lithium-ion battery must be removed and carried in the cabin. More Details Yes No No Yes Yes
Camping stoves and fuel containers that have contained a flammable liquid fuel, with empty fuel tank and/or fuel container. More Details No Yes No Yes No
Security-type equipment containing lithium batteries. No Yes No Yes No
Lithium ion battery powered equipment containing batteries over 100Wh but not exceeding 160Wh. Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Spare lithium ion batteries with a Watt-hour rating exceeding 100Wh but not exceeding 160Wh for consumer electronic devices. Maximum of two spare batteries may be carried in carry-on baggage only. These batteries must be individually protected to prevent short circuits. Yes No Yes Yes No
Mercury barometer or thermometer carried by a representative of a government weather bureau or similar official agency. Yes No No Yes Yes
Portable medical electronic devices (Automated External Defibrillators (AED), Nebulizer, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), etc.) containing lithium metal or lithium ion cells or batteries may be carried. More Details Yes No Yes Yes No
Avalanche rescue backpack, one (1) per person, containing a cylinder of compressed gas in Division 2.2. May also be equipped with a pyrotechnic trigger mechanism containing less than 200mg net of Div 1.4S. The backpack must be packed in such a manner that it cannot be accidentally activated. The airbags within the backpacks must be fitted with pressure relief valves. Yes Yes No Yes No
Carbon dioxide, solid (dry ice), in quantities not exceeding 2.5 kg (5lb) per passenger when used to pack perishables not subject to these Regulations in checked or carry-on baggage, provided the baggage (package) permits the release of carbon dioxide gas. Each item of checked baggage must be marked "dry ice" or "carbon dioxide, solid" and with the net weight of dry ice or an indication that there is 2.5kg or less dry ice. Yes Yes No Yes No
Chemical Agent Monitoring Equipment when carried by staff members of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on official travel. Yes Yes No Yes No
Heat producing articles such as underwater torches (diving lamps) and soldering irons. More Details Yes Yes No Yes No

Oxygen or air gaseous cylinders required for medical use. The cylinder must not exceed 5 kg gross weight. More Details

Note: Liquid oxygen systems are forbidden for transport.
Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Small non-flammable gas cylinders, containing carbon dioxide or other suitable gas in Division 2.2. Up to two (2) small cylinders fitted into a lifejacket, and up to two (2) spare cartridges per person, not more than four (4) cylinders up to 50ml water capacity for other devices. More Details Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Alcoholic beverages, when in retail packagings, containing more than 24% but not more than 70% alcohol by volume, in receptacles not exceeding 5L, with a total net quantity per person of 5L. Yes Yes Yes No No
Aerosols in Division 2.2, with no subsidiary risk, for sporting or home use. No Yes No No No

Non-radioactive medicinal or toilet articles (including aerosols) such as hair sprays, perfumes, colognes and medicines containing alcohol.

The total net quantity of all above mentioned articles must not exceed 2 kg or 2 L, and the net quantity of each single article must not exceed 0.5 kg or 0.5 L. Release valves on aerosols must be protected by a cap or other suitable means to prevent inadvertent release of the contents.

Yes Yes Yes No No
Energy efficient light bulbs when in retail packaging intended for personal or home use. Yes Yes Yes No No
Fuel cells, and spare fuel cartridges powering portable electronic devices (eg. cameras, cellular phones, laptop computers, and camcorders). More Details Yes Yes Yes No No
Hair curlers containing hydrocarbon gas, up to one (1) per passenger or crew-member, provided that the safety cover is securely fitted over the heating element. These hair curlers must not be used on board the aircraft at any time. Gas refills for such curlers are not permitted in checked or carry-on baggage. Yes Yes No No No
Insulated packagings containing refrigerated liquid nitrogen (dry shipper), containing only non-dangerous goods. Yes Yes No No No
Internal combustion or fuel cell engines. More Details No Yes No Yes No
Medical or clinical thermometer, which contains mercury, one (1) per passenger for personal use, when in its protective case. Yes Yes Yes No No
Non-flammable, non-toxic gas cylinders worn for the operation of mechanical limbs. Also, spare cylinders of a similar size if required to ensure an adequate supply for the duration of the journey. Yes Yes Yes No No
Non-infectious specimens packed with small quantities of flammable liquid. More Details Yes Yes No No No
Permeation devices No Yes No No No
Portable electronic devices (including medical devices) containing lithium metal or lithium ion cells or batteries, such as watches, calculating machines, cameras, cellular phones, laptop computers, camcorders, etc., when carried by passengers or crew for personal use. More Details Yes Yes Yes No No
All spare batteries, including lithium metal or lithium ion cells or batteries, for such consumer electronic devices must be carried in carry-on baggage only. These batteries must be individually protected to prevent short circuits. More Details Yes No Yes No No
Portable electronic devices containing non-spillable batteries. Batteries must be 12V or less and 100Wh or less. A maximum of 2 spare batteries may be carried. Yes Yes No No No
Radioisotopic cardiac pacemakers or other devices, including those powered by lithium batteries, implanted into a person, or radiopharmaceuticals contained within the body of a person as the result of medical treatment. No No Yes No No

Safety matches (one small packet) or a cigarette lighter that does not contain unabsorbed liquid fuel, other than liquefied gas, intended for use by an individual when carried on the person. Lighter fuel and lighter refills are not permitted on one's person nor in checked or carry-on baggage. More Details

Note: "Strike anywhere" matches, "Blue flame" or "Cigar" lighters are forbidden.
No No Yes No No

^ For operator approval - contact your local Qantas office.

More information

What to take out, what to declare and what's okay

Firearms and/or Ammunition (cartridges for weapons), securely packaged

Detailed information is available in the ‘Qantas Firearms and or Ammunition Procedures

Firearms

Firearms may be carried as securely packed checked baggage. No airline (operator) approval is necessary, however the item must be:

  • unloaded;
  • securely packaged (eg lockable case); and
  • declared at the time of check-in.

To allow the segregated carriage of firearms, passengers are permitted one additional piece of baggage within their total weight allowance at no extra charge.

Ammunition

Ammunition may be carried as checked baggage provided airline (operator) approval has been given. To request an approval email dg@qantas.com.au and include the following:

  • Full name of firearms license holder.
  • Firearms license number and expiry date.
  • Flight details.

All firearms and ammunition must be carried in accordance with the regulatory requirements of the State, Territory or country you are travelling to, from or through.

Travel to, from or through Dubai

Dubai authorities generally require passengers carrying firearms and/or ammunition travelling to, from or through Dubai to obtain an approval.

Information on the approval process and the application form are available through the following links:

Passengers remaining on the same Qantas flight number and aircraft do not require an approval, however all documentation must still be forwarded to dg@qantas.com.au.

Unscheduled Flight Number or Aircraft Change for a Passenger

In the unlikely event a passenger is transferred off their Qantas aircraft onto another aircraft/airline an approval must be sought. All relevant documentation is held electronically by the Qantas local office and staff will manage the application process.

Important

Some Dubai authorities do not offer a 7 day service therefore, delays in processing the application may occur - possibly up to 72 hours. Qantas will take all appropriate action to accommodate the passenger until the approval is obtained.

Note: A passenger cannot travel until they have received a valid approval.

Travel to, from or through Singapore

Notification for the carriage of firearms and/or ammunition is required by Singapore authorities.

Please complete the Application Permit and email to the following:

Note: Requests must be received no later than 7 working days prior to the date of travel.

Mobility Aids/Wheelchairs

Airline (operator) approval is required for the carriage of all mobility aids/wheelchairs. Requests for approval can be emailed to dg@qantas.com.au.

Lithium Battery Powered Aids/Wheelchairs

Non enclosed battery (Travel Scoot, Luggie)

The airline check-in agent must verify the battery:

  • is disconnected and removed from the mobility aid/wheelchair;
  • terminals are protected from short circuit, eg. by taping over the exposed terminals;
  • is protected from damage, eg carried in a protective pouch;

Lithium batteries must be carried as carry-on baggage only.

Note: A maximum of one 300Wh spare battery or two spare batteries totalling 300Wh may be carried as carry-on baggage.

Enclosed battery

The airline check-in agent must verify that the battery:

  • is securely attached to the mobility aid/wheelchair.
  • terminals are protected from short circuit, eg. by being enclosed within a battery container.
  • electrical circuits have been isolated (on/off switch is in the ‘Off’ position).

Additionally, if the mobility aid/wheelchair has a Freewheel mode, it must be selected.

Non Spillable Battery Powered Aids/Wheelchairs

Non enclosed battery

The airline check-in agent must verify that the battery:

  • is disconnected and removed from the mobility aid/wheelchair;
  • terminals are protected from short circuit, eg. by taping over the exposed terminals;
  • is contained in strong rigid packaging.

Non Spillable batteries must be carried as checked baggage.

Enclosed battery (Shoprider, Pride, Quantum)

The airline check-in agent must verify that the battery:

  • is securely attached to the mobility aid/wheelchair..
  • terminals are protected from short circuit, eg. enclosed within a battery container.
  • electrical circuits have been isolated (on/off switch is in the ‘Off’ position).

Additionally, if the mobility aid/wheelchair has a Freewheel mode, it must be selected.

Spillable Battery

The airline check-in agent must verify that the battery:

  • is securely attached to the mobility aid/wheelchair.
  • terminals are protected from short circuit eg. by being enclosed within a battery container.
  • electrical circuits have been isolated (on/off switch is in the ‘Off’ position).

Camping Stoves and Fuel Containers that have contained a flammable liquid fuel

Airline (operator) approval is required to carry liquid fuel camping stoves and any empty fuel containers that have contained a flammable liquid fuel.
To obtain an approval you must:

Heat producing articles

Battery-powered equipment capable of generating extreme heat, which would cause a fire if activated, eg. underwater high-intensity lamps, providing that the heat producing component or the battery is packed separately so as to prevent activation during transport. Any battery that has been removed must be protected against short circuit and carried in carry-on baggage.

Gas cylinders in torches must be removed and cannot travel as either checked or carryon baggage.

Oxygen or Air Gaseous Cylinders for Medical Use

Qantas require all approved oxygen or air gaseous cylinders for medical use be carried in carry-on baggage only.

Portable Medical Electronic Devices

Airline (operator) approval is required for Automated External Defibrillators (AED), Nebulizer, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), etc.), Oxygen Concentrators using the following lithium batteries:

  • lithium ion batteries with a Watt hour rating between 101 - 160Wh
  • lithium metal batteries with a lithium metal content not more than 8g
No more than two spare batteries may be carried in carry-on baggage only.

Carriage of small CO2 Cartridges

Airline (operator) approval is required for the carriage of small gas cartridges containing carbon dioxide (CO2). They are permitted for carriage in either checked or carry-on baggage under the following conditions:

  • no more than four per person;
  • cartridge capacity must not exceed 28gm (50ml) each;
  • cartridges must be in good condition;
  • cartridges must be packed or packaged to prevent contact or damage.

Fuel cell systems, and spare fuel cartridges

Please contact dg@qantas.com.au for further information.

Internal Combustion Engines

Airline (operator) approval is required to carry both new/unused and used internal combustion engines eg chainsaws, lawnmowers, whipper snippers etc.

To obtain an approval you must:

NOTE: Jetstar do not allow the carriage of any internal combustion engines eg. whipper snippers, chainsaws etc

Non Infectious Specimens packed with small quantities of Flammable Liquid

Please contact dg@qantas.com.au for further information.

Portable Electronic Devices including Medical Devices containing Lithium Ion or Lithium Metal Cells or Batteries

No airline (operator) approval is required when carry devices such as portable medical devices, watches, cameras, cellular phones, laptop computers and camcorders provided the lithium batteries are on of the following:

  • lithium ion batteries with a Watt hour rating under 100Wh
  • lithium metal batteries with a lithium metal content not more than 2g

All Spare Batteries for Consumer Electronic Devices

All spare batteries for consumer electronic devices must be carried in carry-on baggage only. They must be individually protected to prevent short circuit using one of the following:

  • In original retail packaging;
  • Taping over exposed terminals;
  • Placing each battery in a separate plastic bag or protective pouch.

Safety Matches

Smokers are permitted to carry Safety matches (one small packet) or a cigarette lighter. These are only permitted to be carried in your pocket (not in your carry-on or checked baggage). Passengers are reminded that smoking in the aircraft at any time is strictly prohibited.

The US Transportation Security Administration has banned the carriage on aircraft of torch cigarette lighters to, from or through the United States and its territories. The US authorities will impose heavy penalties on the carriage of these items.

e-Cigarettes

The use of e-cigarettes is not permitted on any Qantas aircraft. If carried, they must only be packed in carry-on baggage, together with all spare batteries. Spare batteries must be individually protected so as to prevent short circuits using one of the following:

  • in original retail packaging;
  • taping over exposed terminals;
  • placing each battery in a separate plastic bag or protective pouch.

Is your baggage cleared for take-off?

Unless stated in this section, Dangerous Goods may only be transported as freight after being packed, labelled and documented by qualified Dangerous Goods acceptance personnel.

For further information, please contact dg@qantas.com.au

Further information about Dangerous Goods

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations describe in detail what Dangerous Goods may be transported by air, in what quantities, and how they should be packed. For details on how to safely transport your Dangerous Goods, contact your local Qantas Freight Office.

 

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