Least wanted dangerous goods
1. Lost and damaged smartphones
An increasing number of passengers accidentally crush their phone with the reclining mechanism of their seat. The growing rate of these incidents, resulting in the damaged battery going into thermal runaway and igniting a fire, has seen major carriers review chair designs and update safety videos; warning passengers not to move their seat if they lose their electronic device.
2. Spare and loose batteries
Passengers packing spare and loose batteries into checked luggage remains a constant threat to aviation safety despite widespread warnings. The most serious of these breaches occurred in 2014 when undeclared lithium batteries short-circuited in a passenger’s checked bag, igniting a fire in the aircraft’s cargo hold before passengers boarded the flight from Melbourne to Fiji.
Spare batteries not contained within equipment must be in carry-on luggage with their terminals protected. At no point are spare batteries, regardless of size, allowed in checked luggage.
3. Compressed oxygen
Passengers requiring oxygen for medical purposes must contact their airline before travelling. While medically required oxygen canisters are allowed on aircraft, travellers must gain approval from their operator before flying so the airline can ensure cylinders, valves or regulators fitted on the cylinder are protected from damage.
To help educate the travelling public about the dangers associated with these items, we released the ‘Can I pack that?’ Dangerous Goods App in 2014, telling passengers what they can and can’t pack in their luggage. And, if it can be brought aboard, guide them on how to do it safely.
You can find more information about dangerous goods below:
- 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.
- 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.
- Dangerous goods page - This page has general information about dangerous goods and how they can be transported.