Carry-on bag
Checked-in luggage

Can I take this item on a plane?

No. Personal barometers containing mercury and must not be taken on a plane. Aneroid barometers do not contain mercury and are allowed

What are the restrictions?

Government employees may travel with specialised equipment that contain hazardous substances, including barometers containing mercury. If this applies to you please contact your airline before you travel as their approval will be required and in most cases the pilot is required to be informed.

Why is this item restricted?

Mercury is a poison and if taken on board a plane present as a significant risk to passengers and crew.

What happens if I have a restricted item in my carry-on bag?

You will be asked to relinquish all dangerous or prohibited items found in your carry-on luggage. If you refuse:

  • you will not be permitted to move through the screening point, and
  • your airline will be advised of your refusal.

How does Aviation Security screen for restricted items?

AvSec x-ray bags going onto aircraft to ensure there is nothing dangerous in them. If something comes up on the x-ray that needs checking, the bag will be opened, searched and any dangerous good or prohibited item will be removed, with a bag search notification form left within the bag.

What if my items are removed?

If you want to retrieve an item that has been removed, please contact your airline as soon as possible. The airline will dispose of items within three to seven days, so the sooner you make contact, the better your chance of having the items returned to you. For more information, see:

Retrieving your removed items