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Substances covered by liquids, aerosols and gels restrictions

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  • All liquids, aerosols and gels are covered by the quantity restrictions. A liquid, aerosol or gel is defined as:
  • a substance that is a liquid when at room temperature;
  • an aerosol;
  • a gel;
  • a cream; or
  • a paste.
  • If you are unsure whether an item falls within the restrictions, pack it in your checked baggage.
  • Common liquids, aerosols and gels carried by passengers include drinks, creams, perfumes, toothpaste, lipstick, lip balm, deodorants, honey, Vegemite and other similar substances.
  • Other items include sauces, stews, jams, pastes, and canned food items with a high liquid content (e.g. abalone, mushrooms etc.).

The items listed above may only be taken through the security screening point, and onboard the aircraft, if they meet the quantity limits and are in a resealable bag whose four sides add up to no more than 80cm. Aviation security screening officers have the final say if there is any doubt about a product a passenger is trying to take through a screening point and onboard the aircraft.

From 1 July 2012 advanced liquid explosive detection equipment is being introduced at all Australian international gateway airport transit screening points. The eight international gateway airports are Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney Airports. International passengers transiting one of these airports may be able to take their duty free items through the screening point if the items pass screening by the new technologies. This screening measure only applies to international transit passengers and not international passengers departing on a flight which originates in Australia. For more information visit the inbound transit requirement page.

Did you know?

Some items that you carry with you may not immediately seem to be liquid, aerosol, or gel products. These include snow domes or toys with liquid inside. These items should be packed in your checked baggage. Even items that are not designed to be opened may contain liquids, aerosols or gels.

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Last Updated: 25 February, 2013