Carry-on bag
Checked-in luggage
Martial arts weapons

Can I take this item on a plane?

  • All martial arts weapons with blades are restricted from carry-on bags. This includes kamas, sai, ronin and shuriken.
  • All martial arts bludgeoning weapons are restricted from carry-on bags. This includes nunchucks, dab bong, bo stick and rattan.
  • If the items are not an offensive weapon, items can be carried in checked-in luggage.

What are the restrictions?

  • Martial arts weapons cannot be taken in carry-on bags.
  • Allowed in checked luggage if they are not an offensive weapon.
  • Check if your item is an offensive weapon before travelling.

Why is this item restricted?

These items are 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