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Prohibited Items

The following articles are prohibited in the cabin of an aircraft and in security restricted areas for security reasons:

  • Guns, firearms and other devices that discharge projectiles designed to cause serious injury by discharging a projectile, or capable of being mistaken for such devices, including:
    • Firearms of all types, including pistols, revolvers, rifles and shotguns;
    • Toy guns, replicas and imitation firearms capable of being mistaken for real weapons;
    • Component parts of firearms, excluding telescopic sights;
    • Compressed air and carbon dioxide guns, including pistols, pellet guns, rifles and ball bearing guns;
    • Signal flare pistols and starter pistols;
    • Bows, crossbows and arrows;
    • Harpoon guns and spear guns; and
    • Slingshots and catapults;
  • Stun devices designed specifically to stun or immobilize, including:
    • Devices for shocking, such as stun guns and stun batons;
    • Animal stunners and animal killers; and
    • Disabling and incapacitating chemicals, gases and sprays, such as mace, pepper or capsicum sprays, acid sprays, animal repellent sprays, and tear gas;
  • Objects with sharp points or sharp edges capable of being used to cause serious injury, including:
    • Items designed for chopping, such as axes, hatchets and cleavers;
    • Ice axes and ice picks;
    • Razor blades and box cutters;
    • Knives with blades of more than 6 cm;
    • Scissors with blades of more than 6 cm as measured from the fulcrum;
    • Martial arts equipment with sharp points or sharp edges; and
    • Swords and sabres;
  • Workers’ tools capable of being used either to cause serious injury or to threaten the safety of aircraft, including:
    • Crowbars;
    • Drills and drill bits, including cordless portable power drills;
    • Tools with blades or shafts more than 6 cm capable of use as weapons, such as screwdrivers and chisels;
    • Saws, including cordless portable power saws;
    • Blowtorches; and
    • Bolt guns and nail guns;
  • Blunt instruments capable of being used to cause serious injury when used to hit, including:
    • Baseball and softball bats;
    • Clubs and batons, such as billy clubs, blackjacks and night sticks; and
    • Martial arts equipment;
  • Explosives and incendiary substances and devices capable of being used to cause serious injury or threatening the safety of aircraft, including:
    • Ammunition;
    • Blasting caps;
    • Detonators and fuses;
    • Replica or imitation explosive devices;
    • Mines, grenades and other explosive military stores;
    • Pyrotechnics, including fireworks;
    • Smoke-generating canisters or cartridges; and
    • Dynamite, gunpowder and plastic explosives; and
  • Liquids, Gels and Aerosols in containers in excess of 100ml.

The Airport Security Screening Officer together with the Security Supervisor may prevent other items from being carried should they determine they may endanger the safety of the aircraft, passengers or crew.

As with any international airport, jokes and statements concerning explosive devices or firearms and other prohibited items will not be tolerated and any such comments shall result in the passenger being denied passage.  Furthermore, the passenger will have committed an offence under the provisions of the Aerodrome Regulations, which carries a penalty of a maximum fine up to GBP 2,000 and/or six months imprisonment.

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