Carry-on bag
Checked-in luggage
Hand tools

Can I take this item on a plane?

All hand tools that are 20cm or longer are restricted from carry-on luggage as they could be used as bludgeoning weapons. These items can go in your checked-in luggage.

Hand tools that must go as checked-in luggage include hammers [sledge, claw or ball], spades and other like tools, crescent/spanners, and crow/pry bar. Some torches that can be used as a baton [e.g. large Maglight], cannot go in your carry-on bag.

What are the restrictions?

  • Hand tools more than 20cm long can only be carried in checked-in luggage

Why is this item restricted?

Hand tools can be used as bludgeoning weapons and cause harm 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