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.

What you can carry and where

Passengers are permitted to carry certain dangerous goods provided specific requirements are complied with. The following information summarises those requirements.

It is important to note, allowances are for personal use only. Commercial quantities are not permitted as passenger baggage and must be sent as freight.

Aerosols – Non-Flammable Gas

Airline Approval Required - No Carry-on Baggage - No Checked Baggage - Yes

 

Requirements

  • for sporting or home use
Alcoholic Beverages

Airline Approval Required - No Checked Baggage - Yes Checked Baggage - Yes

 

Requirements

  • up to 5L of alcohol (between 24%-70% alcohol) per passenger
  • securely sealed in retail packaging
Ammunition (cartridges for weapons) and/or Firearms

Ammunition

Airline Approval Required - Yes Carry-on Baggage - No Checked Baggage - Yes

 

Requirements

  • holder of a valid firearms licence (you will be asked to present it at check-in)
  • allowed up to 5kg gross per person (allowances cannot be combined in the one suitcase)
  • securely packaged (individually separated within the container)
  • When ammunition is packed within a locked firearms case, the ammunition must be in a separate locked container.

For more information refer to 'Carrying Ammunition and/or Firearms on the Qantas Group Network'.

To request an airline approval, email dg@qantas.com.au.

Important

All firearms and ammunition must be carried in accordance with the regulatory requirements of the country you are travelling to, from or through. It is the sole responsibility of the passenger to ensure all relevant import/export permits and documentation (including Australia) is obtained prior to travel.

Further restrictions also apply to the following:

  • Dubai
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • Qantas 8000 Series Flight Numbers

For further details please refer below.

Firearms

Airline Approval Required - No  Carry-on Baggage - No Checked Baggage - Yes

 

Requirements

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

Dubai - Carriage of Firearms and/or Ammunition

Dubai authorities require passengers carrying firearms and/or ammunition travelling to, from or through Dubai to obtain a permit.

For more information and the application form, refer to Dubai - Carriage of Firearms and/or Ammunition

Important

A passenger cannot travel until they have received a valid permit. Requests must be received no later than 12 working days prior to the date of travel.

Singapore - Carriage of Firearms and/or Ammunition

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

For more information and the application form, refer to Singapore - Carrying Ammunition and/or Firearms.

Important

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

South Africa - Carriage of Ammunition

In accordance with the Firearms Control Act (Act 60 of 2000), when travelling to, from or through South Africa, a 200 round restriction is applicable.

Qantas 8000 Series Flight Numbers (QF80## and QF84##) - Carriage of Firearms and/or Ammunition

Passengers travelling on these flight numbers must obtain a permit.

For more information and the application form, refer to QF 8000 Series - Carriage of Firearms and/or Ammunition.

Important

A passenger cannot travel until they have received a valid permit. Requests must be received no later than 12 working days prior to the date of travel.

Avalanche Rescue Backpacks

Airline Approval Required - Yes  Carry-on Baggage - No Checked Baggage - Yes

 

Requirements

  • only one per passenger is permitted
  • only fitted with one cylinder of division 2.2, non-flammable, non-toxic gas and
  • fitted with pressure relief valves on the airbags

If a pyrotechnic trigger is fitted

  • no more than 200mg of division 1.4S explosive is permitted and
  • the backpack must be packed so that it cannot be accidentally activated

To request an airline approval, email dg@qantas.com.au.

Camping Stoves and Liquid Fuel Containers

Airline Approval Required - Yes  Carry-on Baggage - No Checked Baggage - Yes

 

Requirements

Important

If the item has not been flushed or any fuel smell is detected during the check-in process (including an inspection), the item will be denied carriage.

To request an airline approval, complete and return the declaration form to dg@qantas.com.au.

Camping Stoves and Flammable Gas Canisters

Airline Approval Required - No  Carry-on Baggage - No Checked Baggage - Yes

 

Requirements

  • no flammable gas canisters are permitted

If any gas smell is detected during the check-in process (including an inspection) the item will be denied carriage.

Carbon Dioxide, Solid (Dry Ice)

Airline Approval Required - Yes  Carry-on Baggage - Yes Checked Baggage - Yes

 

Requirements

  • up to 2.5kg is permitted per passenger
  • in a vented container (a number of holes must be in the container to allow the gas to escape)

To request an airline approval, email dg@qantas.com.au.

Chemical Agent Monitoring Equipment

Airline Approval Required - Yes  Carry-on Baggage - Yes Checked Baggage - Yes

 

Requirements

  • carried by staff members of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on official travel

To request an airline approval, email dg@qantas.com.au.

CO2 Non-Flammable Gas Cartridges up to 28g/50ml

Airline Approval Required - Yes  Carry-on Baggage - Yes Checked Baggage - Yes

 

Requirements

  • up to four cartridges is permitted per passenger
  • up to 28g or 50ml per cartridge
  • securely packaged eg. small plastic bag, in a repair kit etc

To request an airline approval, email dg@qantas.com.au.

Dry Shipper - Insulated Packagings Containing Refrigerated Liquid Nitrogen

Airline Approval Required - No  Carry-on Baggage - Yes Checked Baggage - Yes

 

Dry shippers containing dangerous goods are not permitted.

e-Cigarettes

Airline Approval Required - No  Carry-on Baggage - Yes Checked Baggage - No

 

The use of e-cigarettes is not permitted on board an aircraft.

Electronic Devices Powered by Batteries

Devices and battery numbers are limited to personnel use amounts.

Lithium Ion Batteries (rechargeable) - under 101Wh in Equipment

Airline Approval Required - No  Carry-on Baggage - Yes Checked Baggage - Yes

 

These batteries are usually used in small electronic equipment/devices eg, mobile phones, laptops, tablets, game consoles, power tools, model aircraft, CPAP, Oxygen Concentrators etc.

Requirements

  • equipment containing batteries must have the ON/OFF switch protected to prevent accidental activation when packed in checked baggage
  • all spare batteries must travel as carry-on baggage only

Important

Devices containing lithium ion batteries over 160Wh are not permitted as passenger baggage and must be sent as freight.

NOTE: Watt hours (Wh) are determined by multiplying the voltage (V) by the amp hours (Ah). ie. 12V x 5Ah = 60Wh

To request an airline approval, email dg@qantas.com.au.

Lithium Ion Batteries (rechargeable) - 101Wh-160Wh in Equipment

Airline Approval Required - Yes  Carry-on Baggage - Yes Checked Baggage - Yes

 

These batteries are usually for commercial cameras, commercial remote control aircraft etc.

Requirements

  • equipment containing batteries must have the ON/OFF switch protected to prevent accidental activation when packed in checked baggage
  • no more than two spare batteries with the terminals protected are permitted in carry-on baggage only

Important

Devices containing lithium ion batteries over 160Wh are not permitted as passenger baggage and must be sent as freight.

NOTE: Watt hours (Wh) are determined by multiplying the voltage (V) by the amp hours (Ah). ie. 12V x 5Ah = 60Wh

To request an airline approval, email dg@qantas.com.au.

Lithium Metal Batteries in Equipment (non-rechargeable) - under 2gm of lithium metal per device

Airline Approval Required - No  Carry-on Baggage - Yes Checked Baggage - Yes

 

These batteries are usually for hearing aids etc.

Requirements

  • equipment containing batteries must have the ON/OFF switch protected to prevent accidental activation when packed in checked baggage
  • all spare batteries must travel as carry-on baggage only

Important

Devices containing lithium metal batteries with a total lithium metal content over 2g are not permitted as passenger baggage and must be sent as freight.

Non-Spillable Batteries in Equipment - maximum 12V and 100Wh

Airline Approval Required - No  Carry-on Baggage - Yes Checked Baggage - Yes

 

These batteries are commonly called sealed lead acid, gel cell, dry cell.

Requirements

  • equipment containing batteries must have the ON/OFF switch protected to prevent accidental activation when packed in checked baggage
  • no more than two spare batteries with the terminals protected are permitted in carry-on baggage only
EPIRBs and Personal Locator Beacons

Airline Approval Required - No  Carry-on Baggage - Yes Checked Baggage - Yes

 

No Operator (airline) approval is required for the following:

  • lithium ion batteries under 101Wh;
  • lithium metal batteries with a lithium metal content less than 2g; or
  • non-spillable batteries under 12V and 101Wh.

NOTE: Watt hours (Wh) are determined by multiplying the voltage (V) by the amp hours (Ah). ie. V x Ah = Wh

Important

All equipment must be packed to prevent accidental activation.

Fuel Cell Systems, and Spare Fuel Cartridges in Portable Electronic Devices

Airline Approval Required - No  Carry-on Baggage - Yes Checked Baggage - Yes

 

Requirements

  • up to 200ml of fuel or 200g for solid fuel or 120ml liquefied gas

Important

Only two spares are permitted per passenger in carry-on baggage.

For information email dg@qantas.com.au

Hair Curlers Containing Hydrocarbon Gas

Airline Approval Required - No  Carry-on Baggage - Yes Checked Baggage - Yes

 

Requirements

  • one permitted per passenger
  • with the safety securely fitted over he heating element
  • no spare gas canisters are permitted

Important

These hair curlers must not be used on board the aircraft at any time.

Heat Producing Articles

Airline Approval Required - Yes  Carry-on Baggage - Yes Checked Baggage - Yes

 

Requirements

  • the battery must be removed from the device and carried in carry-on baggage only
  • all battery terminals must be protected

Important

Devices containing flammable gas canisters are not permitted.

To request an airline approval, email dg@qantas.com.au.

Internal Combustion Engines

Airline Approval Required - Yes  Carry-on Baggage - No Checked Baggage - Yes

 

Requirements

Important

Jetstar does not permit the carriage of any internal combustion engines.

To request an airline approval, complete and return the declaration form to dg@qantas.com.au

Lifejacket – Self-Inflating

Airline Approval Required - Yes  Carry-on Baggage - Yes Checked Baggage - Yes

 

Requirements

  • no more than one life jacket per person
  • two CO2 (carbon dioxide) non-flammable gas cartridges (2.2) fitted in the lifejacket; and
  • two spares are permitted

To request an airline approval, email dg@qantas.com.au.

Light Bulbs – Energy efficient lamps

Airline Approval Required - No  Carry-on Baggage - Yes Checked Baggage - Yes

 

Requirements

  • in retail packaging for personal or home use
Liquids, Gels and Powders

Airline Approval Required - No  Carry-on Baggage - Yes Checked Baggage - Yes

 

Requirements

  • all liquids, gels and powders must be identifiable eg retail packaging; and
  • no more than 5L or 5kg is permitted (except where the 100ml/100m limit applies)
Magnetic Material

Airline Approval Required - No  Carry-on Baggage - Yes Checked Baggage - Yes

 

Any item that can cause more than a 2 degree swing on a compass is not permitted as passenger baggage.

Requirements

  • place the package on the ground (by itself) and orientate it East/West
  • hold a compass at least 2m from the surface of the package
  • ensure magnet does not make the needle on the compass move more than 2 degrees
Medical Devices (portable) powered by Batteries

Lithium Ion Batteries (rechargeable) - under 101Wh in Medical Equipment

Airline Approval Required - No  Carry-on Baggage - Yes Checked Baggage - Yes

 

These batteries are usually used in medical equipment/devices eg, CPAP, Oxygen Concentrators, Ventilators etc.

For more information is available in the CPAPs and Oxygen Concentrators Medical Equipment List.

Requirements

  • equipment containing batteries must have the ON/OFF switch protected to prevent accidental activation when packed in checked baggage
  • all spare batteries must travel as carry-on baggage only

Lithium Ion Batteries (rechargeable) - 101Wh-160Wh in Medical Equipment

Airline Approval Required - Yes  Carry-on Baggage - Yes Checked Baggage - Yes

 

These batteries can be found in a small number of medical devices.

Requirements

  • no more than two spare batteries with the terminals protected are permitted

NOTE: Watt hours (Wh) are determined by multiplying the voltage (V) by the amp hours (Ah). ie. 12V x 5Ah = 60Wh

To request an airline approval, email dg@qantas.com.au.

Lithium Metal Batteries in Medical Equipment (non-rechargeable) - under 8gm of lithium metal per device

Airline Approval Required - Yes  Carry-on Baggage - Yes Checked Baggage - Yes

 

These batteries can be found in a small number of medical devices.

Requirements

  • no more than two spare batteries with the terminals protected are permitted

To request an airline approval, email dg@qantas.com.au.

Mobility Aids/Wheelchairs

Lithium Ion Battery for a Collapsible Mobility Aid

Airline Approval Required - Yes  Carry-on Baggage - Yes Checked Baggage - No

 

A mobility aid that is specifically designed to allow its battery(ies) to be removed by the user.

Requirements

  • the battery must be removed from the aid
  • the battery terminals must be protected eg. taping over the exposed terminals
  • the battery must be protected from damage eg. individually carried in a protective pouch

To request an airline approval, email dg@qantas.com.au.

Lithium Ion Battery Enclosed in a Mobility Aid

Airline Approval Required - Yes  Carry-on Baggage - No Checked Baggage - Yes

 

Requirements

  • the battery must remain securely attached to the aid
  • the battery terminals must be protected eg. in a container etc.
  • the ON/OFF switch must be in the OFF position

To request an airline approval, email dg@qantas.com.au.

Non-Spillable Battery for a Collapsible Mobility Aid

Airline Approval Required - Yes  Carry-on Baggage - No Checked Baggage - Yes

 

Non-spillable batteries can also be known as dry cell, gel cell and sealed lead acid.

Requirements

  • the battery must be removed from the aid and packed in a strong rigid container
  • the battery terminals must be protected eg. taping over the exposed terminals

To request an airline approval, email dg@qantas.com.au.

Non-Spillable Battery Enclosed in a Mobility Aid

Airline Approval Required - Yes  Carry-on Baggage - No Checked Baggage - Yes

 

Non-spillable batteries can also be known as dry cell, gel cell and sealed lead acid.

Requirements

  • the battery must remain attached to the aid
  • the battery terminals must be protected from short circuit eg. in a container etc.
  • the ON/OFF switch must be in the OFF position

To request an airline approval, email dg@qantas.com.au.

Oxygen or Air Gaseous Cylinders for Medical Use

Airline Approval Required - Yes  Carry-on Baggage - Yes Checked Baggage - No

 

Carriage of portable oxygen or air cylinders is only permitted for medical use.

Requirements

  • only BOC, Air Liquide and SupaGas cylinders are accepted
  • each cylinder must not exceed 5kg (typically size 'C' cylinders)
  • have the valve/regulator fully protected

Important

All medical oxygen cylinders must travel in carry-on baggage only.

To request an airline approval, email dg@qantas.com.au.

Pacemaker (radioisotopic cardiac)

Airline Approval Required - No  Carry-on Baggage - No Checked Baggage - No

 

Permitted on one's person

Safety Matches and Cigarette Lighters

Airline Approval Required - No  Carry-on Baggage - No Checked Baggage - No

 

One small packet of safety matches or one cigarette lighter is permitted per person. These can only be carried in your pocket (not in your carry-on or checked baggage).

Important

Cooktop lighters are not permitted to travel.

The US Transportation Security Administration has banned the carriage of torch cigarette lighters on aircraft to, from or through the United States and its territories. Heavy penalties apply if you do not comply.

NOTE: Smoking in the aircraft at any time is strictly prohibited. This includes the use of e-cigarettes.

Samples/Specimens (non-infectious) packed with Small Quantities of Flammable Liquid

Airline Approval Required - No  Carry-on Baggage - Yes Checked Baggage - Yes

 

Requirements

  • no more than 30ml of liquid per inner container, and
  • no more than 1L per package
Thermometers and Barometers

Medical or Clinical Thermometer

Airline Approval Required - No  Carry-on Baggage - Yes Checked Baggage - Yes

 

Requirements

  • only one mercury style thermometer per passenger
  • contained in a protective case
  • for personal use

Mercury Barometer or Thermometer

Airline Approval Required - Yes  Carry-on Baggage - No Checked Baggage - Yes

 

These items can only be carried by a representative of a government weather bureau or similar official agency.

Requirements

  • must be packed in a leak proof puncture resistant bag
  • then packed in a strong container

To request an airline approval, email dg@qantas.com.au.

Toiletries and Medicinal Articles

Airline Approval Required - No  Carry-on Baggage - Yes Checked Baggage - Yes

 

These include medicinal items and toilet articles. Toiletries are classed as items which can be applied to the body eg. aerosol deodorants, hair sprays, perfumes, colognes, shaving gels, etc.

Requirements

  • no more than 500g/500ml per item^
  • all items together must not total more than 2kg/2L
  • aerosols nozzles must be protected eg. cap
^ Security requirements further limit liquids, aerosols and gels on all international flights to 100g/100ml.
Not Permitted as Passenger Baggage
  • Bleaching agents
  • Cook top lighters
  • Disabling devices (e.g. mace, pepper spray, etc) containing an irritant or incapacitating substance
  • Electro shock weapons (e.g. Tasers)
  • Fertilisers
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fireworks
  • Flammable aerosol cans (not including toiletries)
  • Flammable gas cylinders/cartridges
  • Flammable liquids
  • Flares
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Industrial cleaning products
  • Insecticides and weed killers
  • Non-flammable gas cartridges over 28g (ie. soda stream canisters)
  • Oil paint
  • Party poppers
  • Petrol
  • Pool cleaning products
  • Self-inflating life rafts
  • Security-type attache cases (e.g. cash boxes, cash bags, etc) incorporating dangerous goods, such as lithium batteries and/or pyrotechnic material
  • Sparklers
  • Unassembled "make your own" Christmas cracker kits. NOTE: Two standard sized packets of Christmas Crackers or Bon Bons are permitted as checked baggage only.

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

 

 

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.