Dangerous Goods and Prohibited Items

Dangerous goods

Dangerous goods may endanger the safety of our aircraft and/or people on board our aircraft. The carriage of dangerous goods is governed by the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air, IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations and the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority Regulations.

What items cannot be carried on our aircraft

For safety reasons you cannot carry the following items in either of your Checked Baggage or Cabin Baggage:

  • Corrosives: acids, alkalis, wet cell batteries (for mobility aid batteries see below), mercury and apparatus containing mercury;
  • Compressed gases: flammable, non-flammable or poisonous such as camping gas, butane, propane, oxygen and aqualung cylinders;
  • Poisonous and toxic substances: arsenic, cyanides, insecticides, and weed killers;
  • Lithium batteries with power greater than 160Wh (for mobility aid batteries see below);
  • Explosives: munitions, fireworks and flares;
  • Infectious Substances: bacteria, virus cultures;
  • Flammable liquids: lighter and heating fuels, petrol and turpentine;
  • Organic peroxides: bleaches, powders and peroxides;
  • Radioactive materials;
  • Matches and articles easily ignited: disposable lighters, refills and matches;
  • Oxidising materials: pool chemicals, fibreglass and repair kits;
  • Miscellaneous: dry ice, heat producing articles, engines; and
  • Other dangerous articles: magnetised material.

For safety reasons, the following additional items are prohibited from being carried on any person, or in either of your Checked Baggage or Cabin Baggage:

  • Disabling devices such as mace, pepper spray, or devices / material containing an irritant or incapacitating substance; and
  • Briefcases and attaché-cases incorporating dangerous goods such as lithium batteries or pyrotechnic devices.

Please be aware that self-balancing boards (also known as hover boards, air boards, smart scooters, mini segway’s, air wheels, uni wheels etc) of any kind are expressly forbidden on our aircraft.

What items can be carried on our aircraft

The following items may be carried on our aircraft under certain conditions:

  • Mobility Aid Batteries – if your mobility aid/wheelchair is powered by Lithium batteries, we can only carry it if it has one battery with a power rating of no more than 300 Watt Hours (300Wh) or if it  is powered by two batteries they each must not exceed 160 Watt Hours (160Wh). You may also carry one spare battery of no more that 300Wh or two spare batteries of no more than 160Wh. Spare batteries must be carried in the cabin as Cabin Baggage. Spare batteries carried in the cabin must be carried in a protective cover to prevent damage and must have the terminals protected from short circuit by taping over the terminals or using a cap which will not come off in flight. If your mobility aid/wheelchair is powered by a different type of battery contact for further information.
  • Small Arms, firearms and ammunition for hunting or sporting purposes may be carried as Checked Baggage only and at our discretion. If we agree to carry these items, they must be packed in accordance with all applicable national and international laws and regulations. Note that no more then 5kg of ammunition (per passenger) is to be carried and it must be securely packed in a locked bag or case (not loose). If you wish to check-in these items as Checked Baggage, we require you to make a written application at, at least five working days prior to your anticipated departure date or at the time of booking; and
  • Carbon Dioxide (dry ice) may be carried as Checked or Cabin Baggage at our discretion and in quantities of up to 2.5kg per Passenger. It must be carried in a vented container with a sufficient number of holes in the container to allow the gas to escape. If you wish to carry this item as Baggage, we require you to make a written application to, at least five working days prior to your anticipated departure date or at the time of booking.

Prohibited items

There are a number of items (including weapons) that the Aviation Transport Security (Prohibited Items) Instrument 2012 prohibits from being carried on board an aircraft as Cabin Baggage. Examples include;

  • Sporting goods, kitchen utensils, tools and other things with sharp edges or points capable of injuring a person: for example crampons, knives (including leatherworkers’ knives), ice axes and ice picks, rock-climbing equipment such as pitons, hooks, hammers and bolts, ice skates, meat cleavers, axes, hatchets and similar things, metal cutlery, open razors (also called straight razors), scalpels, ski poles, darts, drills, box cutters, utility knives, saws, screwdrivers, crowbars, hammers, pliers and wrenches.
  • Sharp things that are not weapons, but are capable (with or without modification) of causing harm by penetration: such as letter openers, bodkins, pointed metal scissors, razor blades, and hypodermic needles (whether or not attached to syringes).
  • Blunt objects that can be used to bludgeon or threaten someone: such as baseball, softball, and cricket bats, and similar items. Hockey and lacrosse sticks and similar items. Billiard, pool or snooker cues. Golf clubs. Any other piece of wood, metal or any other substance big enough to threaten someone.
  • Flammable household goods like: aerosol containers, including cans of spray paint, petrol and any other flammable liquid. Fireworks and toy caps.
  • Items that can be used to restrain someone: such as cable ties or handcuffs.

The following items may be taken on board in Cabin Baggage at the discretion of Link Airways:

  • A fork if the tines have square or round ends; and the handle has a round end and is not detachable;
  • Allen keys (under 6cm);
  • Plastic cutlery knives;
  • Safety razors;
  • A pair of blunt ended or round ended scissors with blades less than 6cm long;
  • Walking sticks, crutches and other mobility aids;
  • A hypodermic needle if the person carrying it shows proof that it is medically necessary for their own use or for another person in their care.
  • Umbrella with metal points;
  • Knitting needles;
  • Crochet needles;
  • Pointed metal nail files; and
  • Racquets used in squash, tennis, badminton.

More information

If you are in doubt about whether an item you wish to carry may be a dangerous good or prohibited item, you can obtain more information by visiting the following websites:

Alternatively, if you have a question which is not answered above, of for further information about dangerous goods or prohibited items, please contact us at