Carry-on bag
Checked-in luggage
Military ordinance

Can I take this item on a plane?

No. Airport security agencies will treat all military ordinances, including deactivated or imitation, as active.

Deactivated devices (e.g. empty shells) where the explosives have been removed, and imitations are also prohibited.

Military ordinances are weapons developed for the military, and include grenades, mines, mortars, and smoke canisters.

Military ordinances are not lawfully permitted to be possessed by members of the public.

What are the restrictions?

All military ordinances are strictly forbidden from carriage on an aircraft.

Note: We do not recommend passengers take toy explosives (e.g., grenades) when they travel as this will result in your bag being searched and may result in the toy removed. The carriage of toy explosives will also create delays as your bag will likely need to be opened to verify that the item is safe.

Why is this item restricted?

Military ordinances are weapons developed for the military, and include grenades, mines, mortars and smoke canisters.

If you are found in possession of military ordinance, active, deactivated, or an imitation:

  • the NZ Police will be alerted
  • you may be arrested
  • you will be denied access

Leave deactivated or imitation military ordinances at home.

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