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Dangerous Goods

Dangerous goods are items or substances that may endanger the safety of the aircraft or guests on board.

The following dangerous goods have restrictions for air travel:

Dangerous Goods

Dangerous Goods that Must Not be Taken Onboard

Disabling devices such as mace, pepper spray or other devices containing an irritant or incapacitating substance are prohibited on a guest’s person or in their carry-on or checked baggage; as well as security type attaché cases containing dangerous goods such as lithium batteries or pyrotechnic devices are all strictly forbidden.

The following items must not be taken on board (in carry-on or checked baggage) a Virgin Australia domestic aircraft under any circumstance:

  • Petrol or gas engine equipment either new or used such as a chainsaw, lawn mower, trimmer
  • Cigarette lighters with blue flame and cigar lighters
  • Spillable batteries
  • Gas cylinders or cartridges
  • ‘Strike anywhere’ matches
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Explosives such as fireworks, flares, sparklers, party poppers
  • Flammable liquids and solids such as paint, lighter fluid, thinners, lacquer, fuels
  • Bleaching powders and peroxides
  • Poisons such as weed killers, insecticides,
  • Pool cleaning products
  • Flammable solids such as fire starters, moth balls
  • Fertilizers
  • Fibre glass repair kits and resins
  • ‘Meals ready to eat’ (MRE)
  • Copra (coconut meal or oil)

Note: If you illegally take dangerous goods on board, even inadvertently, you may be liable to prosecution and severe penalties apply.

Dangerous Goods that May be Taken Onboard - Must be approved for travel

Some dangerous goods are permitted to be carried by passengers. The following dangerous goods must be declared at check in to be approved for travel, or unpacked before you take off. If you do not declare the carriage of dangerous goods at time of check in, even inadvertently, you may be liable to prosecution and severe penalties apply. 

Ammunition (Cartridges for Weapons)

Permitted in checked baggage only - guests are permitted to take quantities not exceeding 5kg of ammunition; which are classified as inert projectile cartridges, small arms cartridges, small arms blank cartridges or blank weapon cartridges (Division 1.4s UN0012 or UN0014). Limitations are per guest and allowances for more than one guest must not be combined into one or more packages. 

Camping Stoves and Fuel Containers that have contained a Flammable Liquid

Permitted in checked baggage only – stoves and containers must be completely drained of all liquid fuel and action has been taken to nullify the danger.

To nullify the danger, the empty fuel container must be allowed to drain for at least 1 hour and the container left uncapped for a minimum of 6 hours to allow any residual fuel to evaporate; or cooking oil can be added to the container to elevate the flash point and then empty the fuel tank. There must be no strong smell of fuel remaining on the container. The cap must then be securely fastened and be wrapped in an absorbent material such as paper towel and placed in a polyethylene or equivalent bag. The top of the bag must then be sealed or gathered and closed with an elastic band or twine.

Note: This exception is NOT applicable to items with internal combustion engines such as chain saws, brushcutters and/or lawnmowers. These items are not permitted for carriage either new or used.

Wheelchairs or Other Battery Powered Mobility Devices with Lithium or Non-Spillable Wet Batteries (such as Sealed Lead Acid (SLA) or Gel Type)

Wheelchairs and other battery powered mobility devices are permitted onboard as checked baggage only. Electrical circuits must be isolated from unintentional activation by disconnecting the battery and insulating the terminals with electrical tape, or by switching the battery inhibitor off. Batteries must be securely attached to the wheelchair or mobility aid.

Wheelchairs or Other Battery Powered Mobility Devices with Lithium Ion Batteries (Collapsible Models)

Collapsible wheelchairs and mobility aids are permitted onboard as checked baggage only. When carried in a collapsed state, batteries must be removed and carried in strong and rigid packaging in carry-on baggage. Battery terminals must be insulated – taped with electrical tape to prevent accidental short circuiting.

Wheelchairs or Other Battery Powered Mobility Devices with Non-Spillable Batteries (Collapsible Models)

Collapsible wheelchairs and mobility aids are permitted onboard as checked baggage only. When carried in a collapsed state, batteries must be removed and carried in strong and rigid packaging in checked baggage. Battery terminals must be insulated – taped with electrical tape to prevent accidental short circuiting.

Batteries being either contained within Portable Electronic Devices or Spare

Batteries may be dangerous if NOT carried in an appropriate manner.

They pose a unique hazard during transport because they contain stored energy, which if released through a short circuit is capable of causing a fire, or thermal runway, in the instance of lithium batteries.

For full information on the safe transport of batteries and conditions of carriage, please visit the Batteries Information page.

Consumer Electronic Devices containing Fuel cells and Spare Fuel Cartridges

Permitted as carry-on or checked baggage – Items such as cameras, mobile phones, laptops and camcorders.

Note: A maximum of 2 spare fuel cells are permitted per guest and must travel as carry-on baggage only.

Avalanche Rescue Backpack 

Permitted as carry-on or checked baggage – guests are permitted only 1 per person and the backpack must be packed in a manner that it cannot be accidently activated. The airbags within the backpacks must be fitted with pressure relief valves.

Heat Producing Articles

Permitted as carry-on or checked baggage – battery-powered equipment capable of generating extreme heat, which would cause a fire if activated, such as diving torches and soldering irons are permitted providing the item is disabled so there is no chance that they can be inadvertently switched on, either by removing the battery or globe.

Note: Any battery that has been removed must be protected against short circuiting such as having the terminals covered with electrical tape and the battery must travel as carry-on luggage only.

Dry Ice

Permitted as carry-on or checked baggage – guests are permitted to take up to 2.5kg of dry ice if used to pack perishables, and in a ventilated container. Guests are not permitted to combine more than the amount permitted for one person.

Small Non-Flammable Gas Cylinders (such as those contained in lifejackets, bicycle pumps and other inflating devices)

Permitted as carry-on or checked baggage – Guests are permitted with a limit of 4 small cylinders (not more than up to 50mL water capacity) containing carbon dioxide or other non-flammable gas, are permitted.

Medicinal Oxygen Cylinders

Permitted as carry-on or checked baggage - Gues are permitted to take medicinal oxygen cylinders on board providing:

  • Medical clearance has been obtained from a medical practitioner
  • The cylinder is Type-A or Type-C bottle
  • The bottle must be carried in a BOC Oxycare or Air Liquide Oxycare travel pack
  • The oxygen bottle fits 'snugly' into the airline travel bag with the hood fully zipped closed
  • There is a restraint strap inside the approved travel pack to secure the cylinder to the aircraft
  • There is no sign of damage to the bottle
  • The bottle has been properly maintained as evidenced by documentation and markings on the bottle
  • Cylinders are not accepted on Virgina Australia Internation Long Haul Flights without prior approval from dangerous.goodsspecialist@virginaustralia.com  

     

    Note: Liquid oxygen systems are forbidden for transport.

Portable medical Electronic Devices

Permitted as carry-on or checked baggage – Guests are permitted to travel with items such as external defibrillator, nebulisers or oxygen concentrators providing that the battery is contained within the device to prevent inadvertently activation during transport. All spare batteries must be carried on.

Firesticks

Permitted as checked baggage only – Guest permitted to travel with metal firesticks only provided that if the wicks have been used, they are thoroughly cleaned, there is no strong residual smell of fuel, the heads are covered with a plastic, polythene or alike bag, and the bag is sealed or gathered and closed with an elastic band or twine.

Dangerous Goods that May be Taken on board – not required to be approved for travel

Some dangerous goods are permitted to be carried by passengers. The following dangerous goods do not need to be approved prior to carriage, providing the dangerous good is within the limitations prescribed below. If you illegally take dangerous goods on board, even inadvertently, you may be liable to prosecution and severe penalties apply.

Aerosols containing Non-Flammable Gas for sporting and home use

Permitted as checked baggage only – Aerosols are permitted that are under a net quantity of 2kg/ 2L (including any toiletry and medicinal articles mentioned below) and a single aerosol does not exceed 0.5kg/ 0.5L. The release valve on the aerosol must be protected by a cap or other suitable means to prevent inadvertent release of the contents. The aerosol must not have any other subsidiary risk and must be for sporting or home use only.

Toiletry and Medicinal Articles

Permitted as carry-on or checked baggage – Articles such as hair sprays, deodorants and perfumes are permitted that are under a net quantity of 2kg/ 2L (including any aerosols mentioned above) and a single article does not exceed 0.5kg/ 0.5L. A release valve on the aerosol must be protected by a cap or other suitable means to prevent inadvertent release of the contents. The aerosol must not have any other subsidiary risk and be for personnel use only.

Alcoholic Beverages

Permitted as carry-on or checked baggage – A maximum net total of 5L per person is permitted providing the alcohol is contained within retail packaging. The alcohol must not be more than 70% alcohol by volume and consumption of alcohol carried on board is not permitted on the aircraft.

Non-flammable, Non-toxic Gas Cylinders, Carbon Dioxide Gas Cartridges for the operation of mechanical limbs

Permitted as carry-on or checked baggage – Either worn for the operation of a mechanical limb and any spare cylinders of similar size if required to ensure an adequate supply for the duration of the journey permitted.

Non-infectious substances packed with small quantities of flammable liquids

Permitted as carry-on or checked baggage – Packed with small quantities (no more than 30 mL) of flammable liquid in leak proof containers or heat sealed plastic bags. The total quantity (if a number of plastic bags/bottles are carried) of flammable liquid must be no more than 1L.

Note: Flammable liquid may only be ethanol/ethyl alcohol/solution, formaldehyde solution, alcohol or isopropanol.

Hair Curlers Containing Hydrocarbon Devices

Permitted as carry-on or checked baggage – Only one device is permitted per guest provided the safety cover is securely fitted over the heating element.

Note: Gas refills for such devices are not permitted in carry-on or checked in baggage.

Small Mercury Thermometers

Permitted as carry-on or checked baggage – 1 permitted per guest for personal use and the thermometer is housed in a protective case.

Safety Matches and Lighters

Permitted on ones-self only - Either one small compressed gas lighter or a box of safety matches or a liquid fuel lighter that has the flammable liquid fully absorbed, is permitted only when carried by the guest on their body.

Note: Blue flame cigarette, pipe lighters and ‘Strike anywhere’ matches are forbidden for air transport.

Other Restricted Items

Any material which has narcotic, noxious, irritating or other properties that in the case of spillage, leakage or pressurisation on the aircraft could cause extreme annoyance or discomfort to others are not permitted on-board or have additional restrictions for carriage. Such items are:

  • Balloons and inflated balls/toys - Due to possible rapid deflation or explosion during climb, balls such as footballs and basket balls, balloons and inflatable toys must be fully deflated if carried in the cabin or checked baggage
  • Nail polish and nail polish remover - Although the items are permitted for carriage, use on board the aircraft is strictly prohibited
  • Electric cigarettes - Although the items are permitted for carriage, use on board the aircraft is strictly prohibited.

For Questions or Further Information in Regards to Dangerous Goods

Please contact the Virgin Australia Guest Contact Centre on 13 6789 or e-mail: reservations@virginaustralia.com.

Dangerous goods are items or substances that may endanger the safety of the aircraft or guests on board.

The following dangerous goods have restrictions for air travel:

Dangerous Goods

Dangerous Goods that Must Not be Taken Onboard

Disabling devices such as mace, pepper spray or other devices containing an irritant or incapacitating substance are prohibited on a guest’s person or in their carry-on or checked baggage; as well as security type attaché cases containing dangerous goods such as lithium batteries or pyrotechnic devices are all strictly forbidden.

The following items must not be taken on board (in carry-on or checked baggage) a Virgin Australia international aircraft under any circumstance:

  • Petrol or gas engine equipment either new or used such as a chainsaw, lawn mower, trimmer
  • Cigarette lighters with blue flame and cigar lighters
  • Spillable batteries
  • Gas cylinders or cartridges
  • ‘Strike anywhere’ matches
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Explosives such as fireworks, flares, sparklers, party poppers, festive crackers (bon bons)
  • Flammable liquids and solids such as paint, lighter fluid, thinners, lacquer, fuels
  • Bleaching powders and peroxides
  • Poisons such as weed killers, insecticides,
  • Pool cleaning products
  • Flammable solids such as fire starters, moth balls
  • Fertilizers
  • Fibre glass repair kits and resins
  • ‘Meals ready to eat’ (MRE)
  • Copra (coconut meat or oil)

Note: If you illegally take dangerous goods on board, even inadvertently, you may be liable to prosecution and severe penalties apply.

 

Dangerous Goods that May be Taken Onboard -  Must be approved for travel

Some dangerous goods are permitted to be carried by passengers. The following dangerous goods must be declared at check in to be approved for travel, or unpacked before you take off. If you do not declare the carriage of dangerous goods at time of check in, even inadvertently, you may be liable to prosecution and severe penalties apply.

Ammunition (Cartridges for Weapons)

Permitted in checked baggage only - guests are permitted to take quantities not exceeding 5kg of ammunition; which are classified as inert projectile cartridges, small arms cartridges, small arms blank cartridges or blank weapon cartridges (Division 1.4s UN0012 or UN0014). Limitations are per guest and allowances for more than one guest must not be combined into one or more packages.

Note: Many Countries have specific regulations regarding the carriage of ammunition. Please ensure you are aware of any additional local requirements for your place of departure and arrival.

Camping Stoves and Fuel Containers that have contained a Flammable Liquid

Permitted in checked baggage only – stoves and containers must be completely drained of all liquid fuel and action has been taken to nullify the danger.

To nullify the danger, the empty fuel container must be allowed to drain for at least 1 hour and the container left uncapped for a minimum of 6 hours to allow any residual fuel to evaporate; or cooking oil can be added to the container to elevate the flash point and then empty the fuel tank. There must be no strong smell of fuel remaining on the container. The cap must then be securely fastened and be wrapped in an absorbent material such as paper towel and placed in a polyethylene or equivalent bag. The top of the bag must then be sealed or gathered and closed with an elastic band or twine.

Note: This exception is NOT applicable to items with internal combustion engines such as chain saws, brushcutters and/or lawnmowers. These items are not permitted for carriage either new or used.

Wheelchairs or Other Battery Powered Mobility Devices with Lithium or Non-Spillable Wet Batteries (such as Sealed Lead Acid (SLA) or Gel Type)

Wheelchairs and other battery powered mobility devices are permitted onboard as checked baggage only. Electrical circuits must be isolated from unintentional activation by disconnecting the battery and insulating the terminals with electrical tape, or by switching the battery inhibitor off. Batteries must be securely attached to the wheelchair or mobility aid.

Wheelchairs or Other Battery Powered Mobility Devices with Lithium Ion Batteries (Collapsible Models)

Collapsible wheelchairs and mobility aids are permitted onboard as checked baggage only. When carried in a collapsed state, batteries must be removed and carried in strong and rigid packaging in carry-on baggage. Battery terminals must be insulated – taped with electrical tape to prevent accidental short circuiting.

Wheelchairs or Other Battery Powered Mobility Devices with Non-Spillable Batteries (Collapsible Models)

Collapsible wheelchairs and mobility aids are permitted onboard as checked baggage only. When carried in a collapsed state, batteries must be removed and carried in strong and rigid packaging in checked baggage. Battery terminals must be insulated – taped with electrical tape to prevent accidental short circuiting.

Batteries being either contained within Portable Electronic Devices or Spare

Batteries may be dangerous if NOT carried in an appropriate manner.

They pose a unique hazard during transport because they contain stored energy, which if released through a short circuit is capable of causing a fire, or thermal runway, in the instance of lithium batteries.

For full information on the safe transport of batteries and conditions of carriage, please visit the Batteries Information page.

Avalanche Rescue Backpack (Not to/from USA)

Permitted as carry-on or checked baggage – guests are permitted only 1 per person and the backpack must be packed in a manner that it cannot be accidently activated. The airbags within the backpacks must be fitted with pressure relief valves.

Heat Producing Articles

Permitted as carry-on or checked baggage – battery-powered equipment capable of generating extreme heat, which would cause a fire if activated, such as diving torches and soldering irons are permitted providing the item is disabled so there is no chance that they can be inadvertently switched on, either by removing the battery or globe.

Note: Any battery that has been removed must be protected against short circuiting such as having the terminals covered with electrical tape and the battery must travel as carry-on luggage only.

Dry Ice

Permitted as carry-on or checked baggage – guests are permitted to take up to 2.5kg of dry ice if used to pack perishables, and in a ventilated container. Guests are not permitted to combine more than the amount permitted for one person.

Insulated Packages Containing Refrigerated Liquid Nitrogen (Not to/from USA)

Permitted as carry-on or checked baggage - Sometimes termed as 'Dry Shippers' and permitted only if the liquid nitrogen is fully absorbed and the package has the capacity to release any build-up of pressure. Only non-dangerous goods can be transported within the 'Dry Shipper'.

Small Non-Flammable Gas Cylinders (Not to/from USA) (such as those contained in lifejackets, bicycle pumps and other inflating devices)

Permitted as carry-on or checked baggage – Guests are permitted with a limit of 4 small cylinders (not more than up to 50mL water capacity) containing carbon dioxide or other non-flammable gas, are permitted.

Medical Oxygen Cylinders

Cylinders not accepted on Virgin Australia Internation Long Haul Flights without prior approval from dangerous.goodsspecialist@virginaustralia.com

On approval from Dangerous Goods specialist, guests are permitted to take medical oxygen cylinders as carry-on or checked baggage providing:

  • Medical clearance has been obtained from a medical practitioner
  • The cylinder is Type-A or Type-C bottle
  • The bottle must be carried in a BOC Oxycare or Air Liquide Oxycare travel pack
  • The oxygen bottle fits 'snugly' into the airline travel bag with the hood fully zipped closed
  • There is a restraint strap inside the approved travel pack to secure the cylinder to the aircraft
  • There is no sign of damage to the bottle
  • The bottle has been properly maintained as evidenced by documentation and markings on the bottle

Note: Liquid oxygen systems are forbidden for transport.

Portable medical Electronic Devices

Permitted as carry-on or checked baggage – Guests are permitted to travel with items such as external defibrillator, nebulisers or oxygen concentrators providing that the battery is contained within the device to prevent inadvertently activation during transport. All spare batteries must be carried on.

Firesticks

Permitted as checked baggage only – Guest permitted to travel with metal firesticks only provided that if the wicks have been used, they are thoroughly cleaned, there is no strong residual smell of fuel, the heads are covered with a plastic, polythene or alike bag, and the bag is sealed or gathered and closed with an elastic band or twine.

Dangerous Goods that May be Taken on board – not required to be approved for travel

Some dangerous goods are permitted to be carried by passengers. The following dangerous goods do not need to be approved prior to carriage, providing the dangerous good is within the limitations prescribed below. If you illegally take dangerous goods on board, even inadvertently, you may be liable to prosecution and severe penalties apply.

Aerosols containing Non-Flammable Gas for sporting and home use

Permitted as checked baggage only – Aerosols are permitted that are under a net quantity of 2kg/ 2L (including any toiletry and medicinal articles mentioned below) and a single aerosol does not exceed 0.5kg/ 0.5L. The release valve on the aerosol must be protected by a cap or other suitable means to prevent inadvertent release of the contents. The aerosol must not have any other subsidiary risk and must be for sporting or home use only.

Toiletry and Medicinal Articles

Permitted as carry-on or checked baggage – Articles such as hair sprays, deodorants and perfumes are permitted that are under a net quantity of 2kg/ 2L (including any aerosols mentioned above) and a single article does not exceed 0.5kg/ 0.5L. A release valve on the aerosol must be protected by a cap or other suitable means to prevent inadvertent release of the contents. The aerosol must not have any other subsidiary risk and be for personnel use only.

Alcoholic Beverages

Permitted as carry-on or checked baggage – A maximum net total of 5L per person is permitted providing the alcohol is contained within retail packaging. The alcohol must not be more than 70% alcohol by volume and consumption alcohol carried on board is not permitted on the aircraft.

Note: Liquid, Aerosol and Gel (LAGs) restrictions may apply for  Liquids, Aerosols and Gels, carried on board. Please refer to the Department of Infrastructure for further information on LAGs restrictions.

Non-flammable, Non-toxic Gas Cylinders, Carbon Dioxide Gas Cartridges for the operation of mechanical limbs

Permitted as carry-on or checked baggage – Either worn for the operation of the mechanical limb and any spare cylinders of similar size if required to ensure an adequate supply for the duration of the journey permitted.

Non-infectious substances packed with small quantities of flammable liquid

Permitted as carry-on or checked baggage – Packed with small quantities (no more than 30 mL) of flammable liquid in leak proof containers or heat sealed plastic bags. The total quantity (if a number of plastic bags/bottles are carried) of flammable liquid must be no more than 1L.

Note: Flammable liquid may only be ethanol/ethyl alcohol/solution, formaldehyde solution, alcohol or isopropanol.

Hair Curlers Containing Hydrocarbon Devices

Permitted as carry-on or checked baggage – Only one device is permitted per guest provided the safety cover is securely fitted over the heating element.

Note: Gas refills for such devices are not permitted in carry-on or checked in baggage.

Small Mercury Thermometers

Permitted as carry-on or checked baggage – 1 permitted per guest for personal use and the thermometer is housed in a protective case.

Safety Matches and Lighters

Permitted on ones-self only - Either one small compressed gas lighter or a box of safety matches or a liquid fuel lighter that has the flammable liquid fully absorbed, is permitted only when carried by the guest on their body.

Note: Blue flame cigarette, Torch, Pipe lighters and ‘Strike anywhere’ matches are forbidden for air transport to the USA.

Other Restricted Items

Any material which has narcotic, noxious, irritating or other properties that in the case of spillage, leakage or pressurisation on the aircraft could cause extreme annoyance or discomfort to others are not permitted on-board or have additional restrictions for carriage. Such items are:

  • Balloons and inflated balls/toys - Due to possible rapid deflation or explosion during climb, balls such as footballs and basket balls, balloons and inflatable toys must be fully deflated if carried in the cabin or checked baggage
  • Nail polish and nail polish remover - Although the items are permitted for carriage, use on board the aircraft is strictly prohibited
  • Electric cigarettes - Although the items are permitted for carriage, use on board the aircraft is strictly prohibited.

Additional Dangerous Goods Restrictions in Particular Countries

Civil Aviation Regulatory Authorities for each country may enforce further restrictions on the carriage of dangerous goods transport to, through or out of that country.

A number of additional restrictions are enforced for passengers travelling to/from the USA such as:

  • No avalanche rescue packs
  • No non-flammable gas cylinders
  • No Oxygen Cylinders
  • No torch lighters
  • No insulated packages containing refrigerated Liquid Nitrogen

For further information and the latest restrictions in place please refer to the TSA website.

For Questions or Further Information in Regards to Dangerous Goods

Please contact the Virgin Australia Guest Contact Centre on 13 67 89 or e-mail: reservations@virginaustralia.com.