Dangerous goods

Before flying, it’s important to check your baggage is packed correctly and adheres to the dangerous goods regulations set out to ensure safety onboard the aircraft.

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What are dangerous goods?

Dangerous Goods Regulations define items that may endanger the safety of passengers or an aircraft as 'dangerous goods'. These include obvious things such as petrol, butane gas, mace etc.

There are however a number of common items that are considered dangerous goods e.g. aerosols, cigarette lighters, portable battery powered devices, portable medical oxygen etc. These can be carried provided certain requirements have been complied with.

If you’re travelling with powerbanks and spare or loose batteries, please ensure they are packed into your carry-on baggage.

For further information on batteries and battery powered equipment, please view the CASA Safety Video - Travelling Safely with lithium batteriesOpens external site in a new window.

Any items carried are for personal use only. Commercial quantities are not permitted as passenger baggage and must be sent as freight.

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Dangerous goods online form

You can now request for online approval for the following: Ammunition, Avalanche rescue backpack, C02 cartridge (under 28g/50ml), Dry Ice and Self-inflating life jackets.


Forbidden dangerous goods

The information shown below summarises some common items that are classified as dangerous goods - passengers are forbidden to carry them on an aircraft:

Forbidden dangerous goods
  • Bleach/oven cleaner
  • Butane cartridges, refills/gas bottles
  • Flares/ gunpowder
  • Car/motorbike batteries     
Forbidden dangerous goods
  • Party poppers/fireworks
  • Fuel and petrol/oil based paint
  • Gas canister exceeding 28g/50ml
  • Insect sprays
Forbidden dangerous goods
  • Paint stripper/hydrogen peroxide
  • Pepper spray/mace
  • Self balancing devices
  • Sparklers/firelighters

For a summary of common items that are classified as dangerous goods view our prohibited and check with airline dangerous goods (PDF) - passengers are forbidden to carry them on an aircraft.

Hidden dangerous goods

Some commonly used items may contain dangerous goods. An indication can be a coloured ‘diamond’ displayed on the item.  For a list of some common items refer to our hidden dangerous goods (PDF).

If you are unsure of the product/item/device you want to carry, email Dangerous Goods

What you can carry and where?

Passengers are permitted to carry certain dangerous goods provided specific requirements are complied with. 

  • Allowances are for personal use only. 
  • Commercial quantities are not permitted as passenger baggage and must be sent as freight.


It is the responsibility of the passenger to check carriage requirements of dangerous goods, as they may differ from other airlines and countries.

Dangerous Goods that are not permitted in passenger baggage may be accepted as dangerous goods freight. For information, contact your local Qantas FreightOpens external site office or email Dangerous goods.

Ammunition (cartridges for weapons) and firearms

Find out what is required and how to pack ammunition and firearms, including special requirements for Singapore, Dubai and South Africa.

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Battery powered devices

Find out the requirements when travelling with electronic devices (portable) e.g. electric bikes, electric scooters, cameras, power tools etc and more.

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Medical equipment and specimens

Find out the requirements with travelling with medical oxygen, dry shipper to pacemaker and more. 

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Mobility Aids (battery operated)

Learn what the carry and packaging requirements are for batteries in mobility aids. 

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Personal items, toiletries and medicinal items

Find out how to carry your alcohol, aerosols to lighters and more.   

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Recreational, sporting and petrol powered equipment

Learn about what you can carry and how, from camp stoves to self-inflating devices and more.

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Find out how to carry and pack your smartbag batteries whether it is inbuilt or removable.

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Spare batteries and Powerbanks

Learn how to carry and pack various types of spare batteries and powerbanks.

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Other dangerous goods

Find out how to carry and packaging requirements for dry ice, light bulbs, and magnetic material.

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Further information on dangerous goods

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations describe in detail what Dangerous Goods may be transported by air, in what quantities, and how they should be packed. For details on how to safely transport your Dangerous Goods, contact your local Qantas FreightOpens external site Office.

Important information regarding electronic devices

Qantas Group customers are advised to refer to the Product SafetyOpens external site in a new window website for a list of products that contain dangerous goods that have been recalled due to faults.

Customers planning to travel with these products should refer to the original manufacturer for further information and recall instructions.