Dangerous goods

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.

Forbidden and hidden dangerous goods

If you’re travelling with power banks and spare or loose batteries, they must be  packed into your carry-on baggage only. For further information view the CASA Safety Video - Travelling Safely with lithium batteries.

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:

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

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.

Important: 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 Freight office or email Dangerous goods.


When travelling on a Finnair operated Qantas flight (QF291, QF292, QF295 and QF296), if you have a Qantas Dangerous Goods annual approval it will not be valid. If you don’t have one or require approval, we’ll review your item once you arrive at the airport. Allow time and ensure it is compliant with Finnair’s policy on travelling with restricted items.

Things to know

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

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.

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.

Online form

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Use our Dangerous Goods online form to request approval for the following: