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.

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