Least wanted dangerous goods
Lithium batteries topped our least wanted list for the second year in a row.
Our least wanted is a list of the most dangerous goods carried by passengers in Australian skies. We need you to know how everyday items can pose a risk to aviation safety if incorrectly taken on board aircraft.
The top ten least wanted for 2015 are:
- Lithium batteries
- E-cigarettes and vaping devices
- Portable power packs and power storage devices
- Gas cylinders and camping stoves
- Chainsaws and whipper snippers
- Lighters and matches
- Aerosol cans: flammable propellant
- Life jackets and flares
- Paint and household chemicals
Lithium batteries are still the most dangerous goods. They’re commonly used and can short-circuit and catch fire if they’re damaged or not carried correctly. There have been a lot of cases where undeclared spare batteries have ignited on passenger and cargo flights which have led to serious accidents, including this example of a lithium battery fire.
The video below will show you how you can travel safety with lithium batteries.
Electronic cigarettes made the list for the first time following several international incidents, including a fire in the luggage hold of a passenger jet at Boston airport. It’s believed an e-cigarette packed in the side pocket of a passenger’s bag activated when pressed against another bag.
You need to remember that all electronic cigarettes must be packed in your carry-on luggage and never in checked luggage. They also can’t be recharged during flight, as a large number of fires have occurred when during recharging.
Portable power packs and power storage devices also made the list for the first time. They can range in power from being able to recharge a mobile phone to packing enough power to jump-start a car, and like batteries, are regulated based on watt-hour ratings.
You can find more information about on board luggage safety below:
- Battery safety - This page has information on how to travel with batteries and how to protect against short-circuiting as well as calculating watt-hours.
- Can I pack that? Dangerous goods app - This helps travellers work out what they can and can’t pack in their luggage, and if an item can be brought on board, how to do it safely.
- Dangerous goods page - This page has general information about dangerous goods and how they can be transported.