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Before you pack your bags
Can I pack that?
If in doubt, ask!
Common household substances such as oven and drain cleaners, bleach, glues, aerosols and pesticides, petrol and paint can be classified dangerous goods and can't be taken onboard a plane. Electrical devices such as laptops, cameras and drones contain batteries which can also be a hazard if packed incorrectly. Learn more about battery safety while travelling.
In an aircraft, flying high above the earth and subject to severe atmospheric pressure of up to 75kPa, extremes of temperature minus 40°C to plus 55°C and vibration of 1G to 8G of acceleration, some items can behave unpredictably, and dangerously.
You can use our dangerous good app to find out quickly and easily if any of the items you're planning to pack are considered to be dangerous or whether you have the green light to take them with you.
You can also check to see whether there is a hazardous symbol on the container.
If there is, you should:
- Check the cover of your ticket to see if what you are planning to carry is on the list of forbidden or restricted dangerous goods.
- Check the website of the airline you are flying with.
- Check out our dangerous goods page for more information.
- Contact the airline you are flying with. Their trained staff can help with your enquiry, and can tell you what you can and can’t carry.
Some things were never meant to fly.