Medical equipment and specimens

Before flying, it's important to know how to pack your medical equipment and specimans correctly while adhering to the dangerous goods regulations. 

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Select the option that suits your needs:

Dry shipper (insulated packaging containing refrigerated liquid nitrogen)

What dry shipper packaging you can carry and requirements of how to pack:

dry shipper requirements
Airline approval required No
Carry-on baggage Yes
Checked baggage Yes

Dry shippers containing dangerous goods are not permitted.

Medical equipment (portable) powered by batteries

Note: Watt hours (Wh) are determined by multiplying the voltage (V) by the amp hours (Ah). ie. 12V x 5Ah = 60Wh

Lithium-ion batteries (rechargeable) - not more than 100Wh in medical equipment

Medical equipment and batteries - requirements
Airline approval required No
Carry-on baggage Yes
Checked baggage Yes

Information on frequently used equipment is available in the CPAPs and Oxygen Concentrators Medical Equipment List.

Requirements

  • When packed in checked baggage, equipment containing batteries must have the ON/OFF switch protected to prevent accidental activation.

Lithium ion batteries (rechargeable) - exceeding 100Wh and up to 160Wh in medical equipment

Important

Lithium-ion batteries in medical equipment must be declared during check-in.

Medical batteries- requirements
Airline approval required Yes
Carry-on baggage Yes
Checked baggage Yes

Requirements

  • When packed in checked baggage, equipment containing batteries must have the ON/OFF switch protected to prevent accidental activation.

Lithium-metal batteries in medical equipment (non-rechargeable) - exceeding 2g and up to 8g of lithium metal per device

Important

Lithium-metal batteries in medical equipment must be declared during check-in.

Medical batteries - requirements
Airline approval required Yes
Carry-on baggage Yes
Checked baggage Yes

Requirements

  • When packed in checked baggage, equipment containing batteries must have the ON/OFF switch protected to prevent accidental activation.

Oxygen or air gaseous cylinders for medical use

Important

Carriage of portable oxygen or air cylinders is only permitted for medical use.

Medical oxygen cylinders must be declared during check-in and must travel in carry-on baggage only.

oxygen for medical use
Airline approval required Yes
Carry-on baggage Yes  
Checked baggage No

Requirements

  • only BOC, Air Liquide and SupaGas cylinders are accepted;
  • each cylinder must not exceed 5kg (typically size 'C' cylinders); and
  • the valve/regulator must be fully protected.

Pacemaker (radioisotopic cardiac)

Pacemaker requirements
Airline approval required No
Carry-on baggage No
Checked baggage No

Permitted on one's person.

Specimens, biological samples (non-infectious) contained in small quantities of permitted flammable liquid

speciman and medical requirements
Airline approval required No
Carry-on baggage Yes
Checked baggage Yes

Requirements

  • no more than 30 ml of liquid per inner container; and
  • no more than 1L per package.

Thermometer

thermometer requirements
Airline approval required Yes
Carry-on baggage No
Checked baggage Yes

These items can only be carried by a representative of a government weather bureau or similar official agency.

Requirements

  • Must be packed in a leak proof puncture resistant bag; and
  • then packed in a strong container.

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 Freight Office.

Forbidden dangerous goods

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.

Important information regarding electronic devices

Qantas Group customers are advised to refer to the Product Safety 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.