On person
Carry-on bag
Checked-in luggage

Can I take this item on a plane?

You can take one small box or book of safety matches. These must be on your person; not in your carry-on or checked luggage.

What are the restrictions?

  • Keep your matches on your person at all times you are on the plane.
  • Do not pack matches in your carry-on or check-in baggage.
  • Do not use your matches on a plane.
  • If you take matches you cannot also take a lighter
  • Strike anywhere matches must not be taken on a plane. Leave them at home.

Why is this item restricted?

The quantity of matches is restricted as they contain chemicals that are similar to a form of explosives.

Strike anywhere matches contain phosphorus which is highly combustible and burns with high intensity.

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.