Checked-in baggage: prohibited and restricted items

To keep everyone safe, there are some things you must not pack in your checked-in baggage and some you can only pack under special conditions.

If you can’t find the answer here, please ask your travel agent or contact us for details of the exact requirements.

Local airport security restrictions may further limit the quantities and conditions shown below. For flights departing from USA airports see the TSA website.

  • More than one box of matches or lighter (see additional information below)
  • Liquid oxygen systems (see gaseous oxygen cylinders under approval required below)
  • Disabling devices containing an irritant or incapacitating substance, such as pepper spray
  • Electric shock weapons containing dangerous goods such as explosives, compressed gas or lithium batteries
  • Aerosols that are not medicinal or toiletry items
  • Security type equipment - such as attaché cases, cash boxes and cash bags - that include lithium batteries, pyrotechnical material or other dangerous goods as part of the equipment
  • Hoverboard, Mini-Segway, solo wheel, air wheel, balance wheel, Lithium powered skateboard or Personal transportation devices with on-board storage and similar lithium battery powered small recreational vehicles
  • Installed or spare lithium batteries with ratings more than 160Wh or 8g lithium content, see travelling with lithium batteries

These are the airline safety allowances for checked-in baggage, not the customs rules for any country. If you’re travelling internationally, please check the customs laws for your destination before you pack.

 Allowed by airline (check the customs laws for your international destination)

  • Alcoholic drinks in their retail packaging, 70% alcohol by volume and 5 litres per person
  • Securely sealed and safely packed liquid food, including water, juice, milk, soups and jams
  • Dry food, including sandwiches, biscuits, nuts and fruit

Prohibited

  • Spare or loose batteries for medical devices, however when packed correctly they can be taken as carry-on baggage
  • Liquid oxygen systems (see gaseous oxygen cylinders under approval required below)

Allowed

  • Liquid and dry medicines
  • A thermometer containing mercury, medical or clinical type, for personal use and in a protective case, one per passenger

Approval required

Contact us about these items before you book.

  • Lithium battery powered portable medical devices with installed batteries
  • Gaseous (not liquid) oxygen or air cylinders required for medical use

Prohibited

  • Disabling devices containing an irritant or incapacitating substance, such as pepper spray
  • Electric shock weapons containing dangerous goods such as explosives, compressed gas or lithium batteries

Allowed

  • Hair curlers containing hydrocarbon gas, with safety cover securely fitted over the heating element, up to one per person, no gas refills allowed
  • Medicinal or toiletry articles, including aerosols and those containing alcohol (see quantities below)
  • Aerosols for home or sporting use, provided they are non-flammable, non-toxic and accidental release of the contents is prevented by a cap (see quantities below)

Quantities - medicinal, toiletries and aerosols

  • The combined net quantity of all medicinal articles, toiletries and aerosols must not exceed 2kg (4.4lb) or 2L (2qt), and the net quantity of each single article must not exceed 0.5kg (1lb) or 0.5L (1pt)

Approval required

Contact us about these items before you book

  • Security type equipment, such as attaché cases, cash boxes and cash bags that include lithium batteries, pyrotechnical material or other dangerous goods as part of the equipment.

For any lithium batteries or devices containing them, see travelling with lithium batteries.

Prohibited

  • Spare or loose batteries, however when packed correctly most types can be taken as carry-on baggage
  • Power banks, including fuel cells, designed to provide power to another device, however when packed correctly they can be taken as carry-on baggage
  • Personal vaporizers, such as e-cigarettes, e-cigars and e-pipes, however provided you don’t use or charge them on board the aircraft they can be taken as carry-on baggage

Allowed

  • Portable electronic devices with installed non-spillable batteries and up to two spare batteries (not lithium batteries), not exceeding 12 Volt and 100 Watt hour (Wh) power rating, provided you have prevented the device from switching on unintentionally
  • Energy efficient lamps or light bulbs in retail packaging and intended for personal or home use
  • Fuel cells not containing fuel (and up to two spare fuel cartridges of allowed types) for powering portable electronic devices, such as cameras, cellular phones, laptop computers and camcorders. For allowed fuel cartridges and safety requirements, see travelling with fuel cells

Prohibited

  • Spare or loose batteries, however when packed correctly most types can be taken as carry-on baggage
  • Installed lithium batteries with ratings more than 160Wh or 8g lithium content, see travelling with lithium batteries
  • Internal combustion or fuel cell engines, even if the fuel and liquids have been drained

Allowed

  • Heat producing articles, such as underwater torches and soldering irons, that are battery powered, provided the heat producing component and the battery are isolated from each other by removing one of them or a fuse; for lithium batteries see travelling with lithium batteries

Approval required

Contact us about these items before you book

  • Lithium battery powered devices with installed batteries, 100Wh to 160Wh and lithium content 2g to 8g, see travelling with lithium batteries
  • Avalanche rescue backpack containing a cartridge of compressed gas
  • Camping stoves with fuel containers that have contained a flammable liquid fuel
  • Gas cartridges fitted into a self-inflating safety device such as a life jacket or vest

Allowed

  • Gas cylinders worn to operate mechanical limbs, non-flammable, non-toxic, including enough spare cylinders of a similar size to ensure an adequate supply for the journey

Approval required

  • You must tell us about any battery-powered wheelchairs or mobility devices when you book. For information on travelling with each battery type, see services for people with wheelchairs

For any lithium batteries or tools containing them, see travelling with lithium batteries.

Prohibited

  • Internal combustion or fuel cell engines, even if the fuel and liquids have been drained
  • Spare or loose batteries, however when packed correctly most types can be taken as carry-on baggage

Allowed

  • Safely contained sharp tools and blades, such as screwdrivers, chisels and scraper blades, but not in carry-on baggage
  • Blunt instruments, such as bars and hammers, but not in carry-on baggage
  • Heat producing items, such as underwater torches (diving lamps) and soldering irons, battery powered, only allowed if the heat producing component and the battery are isolated from each other
  • Permeation devices for calibrating air quality monitoring equipment; only as checked-in baggage and under strict conditions, contact us for details

Approval required

Contact us about these items before you book.

  • Thermometer or barometer, mercury filled, must be carried by a representative of a government weather bureau or similar official agency.

Prohibited

Nearly all flammable, explosive, corrosive and toxic items are prohibited from checked-in or carry-on baggage, including:

  • Matches and safety matches
  • Cigarette lighters, lighter fuel and lighter refills
  • Fireworks
  • Flammable liquids, such as paint, varnish, solvents, petrol
  • Bleaches, peroxide, acid
  • Phosphorus
  • Fertiliser, weed killer, insecticide

Allowed

  • Non-infectious specimens such as mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish, insects and other invertebrates packed with small quantities of flammable liquids (no more than 30ml of free liquid alcohol or an alcohol solution); specimens must be in vials or a heat-sealed plastic bag, which is contained inside another plastic bag with absorbent material, then heat sealed. The total quantity of flammable liquid must not exceed 1L.
  • Insulated packaging containing refrigerated liquid nitrogen (dry shipper), fully absorbed in a porous material and intended for transport, at low temperature, of non-dangerous products not subject to these dangerous goods regulations; provided the design of the insulated packaging would not allow the build-up of pressure within the container and would not permit the release of any refrigerated liquid nitrogen irrespective of the orientation of the insulated packaging

Approval required

Contact us about these items before you book

  • Dry ice (solid carbon dioxide)
  • Chemical agent monitoring equipment
  • Security equipment, such as attaché cases, cash boxes or cash bags that operate using dangerous goods such as gas cartridges, lithium batteries or pyrotechnic material

Taking firearms into or out of a country

Most countries have firearms and ammunition clearance requirements that you must apply for before you leave home. They are usually required when you leave and enter each country.

For information on bringing firearms and ammunition into New Zealand and/or leaving with them, see the New Zealand Police website

Airline safety requirements

Prohibited

  • Any firearm or ammunition that does not have the legally required import/export permit or other documentation required under your departing and destination countries’ laws
  • Ammunition must not be carried in the same checked baggage as a firearm

Approval required

  • You must notify us of your intention to carry a firearm and or ammunition as soon as possible after you have obtained any required permits
  • When travelling to the United Kingdom, you must notify us at least two weeks before your date of departure, so we can seek approval to carry your firearm on your behalf
  • At the time of booking Air New Zealand must be advised whenever ammunition or firearms are to be carried.

Approval required

Contact us for more information about these items before you book

  • Security type equipment, such as attaché cases, cash boxes and cash bags that include lithium batteries, pyrotechnical material or other dangerous goods as part of the equipment.