Travelling with Engines and Engine Powered Equipment

Information for passengers travelling with items such as scooters and generators

The following information is taken from the current edition of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air.

Passengers must contact their airline in advance to gain approval when planning to travel with certain types of dangerous goods as indicated below. 

Restrictions implemented by other countries in the interests of aviation security may further limit or forbid the carriage of some of the items listed in these pages.  Additionally, airlines and security screening agencies have the right to refuse the carriage of certain items.


Engines and Engine Powered Equipment

Carry-on Baggage

Checked (hold) Baggage

On One's Person

Airline approval required 

Engines (internal combustion or fuel cell only) being shipped either separately or incorporated into a vehicle, machine or other apparatus, without batteries or other dangerous goods, are not subject to the Technical Instructions when carried as cargo, but must comply with with Special Provision A70 of the ICAO Technical Instructions.

Note: The passenger must contact the airline for further information before travel..




See Note

Petrol-engine powered equipment, e.g. scooter, electric generator. Provided the engine has been completely purged of fuel and the fuel tank has either:

  • never had any fuel in it;
  • been removed and will not be carried; or
  • been completely purged of fuel, and action taken to nullify the danger then the equipment may be carried. If the engine has been used while away, the passenger must comply with the above when returning with the engine.