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Frequently Asked Questions—Travelling with Medicines

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Can I take medicine or medical products on a flight that are in liquid, aerosol or gel form?

Prescription medicine and prescribed medical devices are exempt from liquids, aerosols and gels restrictions. This includes storage containers and cool packs required to control the temperature of medicines on board.

Where the medication is non-prescription, you may take a reasonable amount required for the flight.

What happens if security screening officers do not accept that the medications I am carrying are a reasonable quantity?

You should determine the reasonable quantity of non-prescription medication required for the duration of your flight as well as possible delays and flight diversions. Security officers have the final say on what constitutes a ‘reasonable amount’. If you have any medications, have them ready for inspection.

You should also be aware of the restrictions that apply to exporting medicines.

Will I need to bring documentation with me from my doctor?

Security screening officers may request supporting documentation (ID cards, letters from doctors, etc.) to determine if the medications you are carrying are exempt. Make sure the name on the label of the prescription medication matches the name on your boarding pass, or the name of someone travelling in your care.

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What sorts of medications and medical devices are exempt from the LAGs measures?

Medicines may include the following:

  • essential prescribed medicines;
  • angina spray;
  • insulin;
  • clotting factor (for haemophiliacs);
  • contact lens solution, where the container capacity exceeds 100 mL;
  • inhaler (with spare canisters to be packed in checked baggage);
  • essential non-prescription medicines such as cough syrup; and
  • children's medicines.

Medical devices and items may include the following:

  • blood products;
  • human organs;
  • human embryos;
  • gel filled external breast prostheses;
  • personal supplemental oxygen; and
  • those items required and being used to regulate the temperature of prescription medications or devices, for example, ice packs or gel filled heat packs.

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What about travelling with medication in solid form?

Medications in solid form (e.g. tablets) are not affected by these restrictions as they are not liquids, aerosols or gels. You are free to carry these in your carry-on baggage as normal. You should also be aware of the restrictions that apply to exporting medicines.

What happens if I need to travel with a hypodermic needle?

If you, or your carer, needs to travel with an item such as a hypodermic needle, you must present a medical certificate and all medical instruments to the screening officer at the airport and the cabin crew onboard.

A medical practitioner or paramedic caring for someone or an ambulance officer responding to an emergency may carry hypodermic needles, a defibrillator or aerosol for medical purposes.

Can I take my inhaler onboard?

Yes, inhalers are allowed through security and onboard an aircraft. Spare canisters should be packed in your checked baggage.

What happens if I am travelling with a wheelchair or other mobility device?

Your wheelchair or mobility device will need to be screened before you can board your aircraft. The security screening officer might screen your wheelchair or mobility device using an explosive trace detection wand and they may ask your permission to conduct a brief frisk search (pat-down inspection). You can ask for this to take place in a private or screened off area.

What happens if I am travelling with a medical condition that might be affected by the screening?

Let security screening officers know if you have any medical conditions, like a pacemaker, that might be affected by the screening.

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Last Updated: 23 July, 2014