Dangerous goods … what NOT to pack!


You can help keep air travel one of the safest means of transportation by observing some basic rules.

An aircraft can experience dramatic variations in temperature and air pressure. This can cause some items to leak or ignite, so please think before you pack.

Any substance which is liable to explode, dangerously react, produce a flame, or dangerous emission of toxic, corrosive or flammable gases or vapours under conditions normally encountered in transport must not be carried on an aircraft under any circumstance.

Dangerous goods are articles or substances which can pose a significant risk to health, safety or to property when transported by air.

If any of your items carry a diamond-shaped hazard label, then it is highly likely that your item may not be able to travel by air.


A few examples of everyday household objects that are classified as dangerous goods include the following:

  • Aerosols
  • Perfumes and Colognes
  • Nail polish and Nail polish remover
  • Matches and Cigarette lighters
  • Bleaches and oven cleaners

The main restrictions apply generally to items that are explosive, corrosive or flammable.


Further examples of dangerous goods include:

  • Pesticides
  • Acids
  • Camping stoves with liquid fuel or compressed gas
  • Anything that contains or has contained petrol, such as lawn mowers, chainsaws, brushcutters, model aircraft etc
  • Certain types of batteries (please ask us about Lithium-ion batteries)
  • Fireworks and Sparklers
  • Firearms and ammunition
  • Radioactive material
  • Pressurised or unpressurised cylinders or containers such as paint or fuel tanks.


This is obviously not a complete list of hazardous materials.

For more information, visit the Civil Aviation Safety Authority website.

Additionally, CASA have their own dangerous goods app. It will help you figure out what you can take with you and what you can’t (when you are not using Exportair).

Carrying dangerous goods aboard an aircraft is an offence and may be subject to penalty. Consult your airline for further details.