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What you cannot take onboard

Some items were never intended to be taken onboard an aircraft and others represent a security risk. That is why there are restrictions on what you can pack in your carry-on baggage. These restrictions are in place to help you and others have a safe journey when travelling in and out of Australia.

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We recommend you familiarise yourself with these restrictions before you travel, to help you get through the security checks at the airport as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Liquid explosives still present a threat to aviation. There are restrictions on the quantity of liquids, aerosols and gels you can take onboard in your carry-on baggage.

Certain items, such as prescription medicines and baby products, are exempt from the liquids, aerosols and gels restrictions.

Some items are prohibited from being taken onboard because they present a security risk and have the potential to harm other passengers and crew. Dangerous goods are usually not allowed on an aircraft, because they may be explosive, flammable, magnetic, caustic and generally too dangerous to be taken on the aircraft.

Each airline also operates under its own Conditions of Carriage which may indicate what you cannot take onboard or pack in your checked baggage. You should contact your airline if you are unsure whether you can take a particular item onboard or pack in it your baggage.

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Last Updated: 23 July, 2014