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.