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Liquid, aerosol and gel exemptions

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  • There are certain exemptions to the quantity limits for liquid, aerosol and gel products that you can take onboard an aircraft.
  • Necessary prescription and non-prescription medicines (including special dietary products), medical items and baby products are exempt from the 100 millilitre limit.
  • Exempt items do not have to be carried in the clear, resealable plastic bag.
  • All exempt items will need to be presented separately at the airport security screening point.
  • Security screening officers may request proof of need for medications.

Travelling with a baby or infant

Passengers travelling with an infant or toddler are permitted to carry a reasonable quantity of liquid, aerosol or gel (LAGs) products for the infant or toddler onboard for the duration of the flight and any delays that might occur. The security screening officer has the final say about what a ‘reasonable quantity’ is.

Baby products may include, but are not limited to:

  • baby milk, including breast milk;
  • sterilised water;
  • juice;
  • baby food in liquid, gel or paste form; and
  • disposable wipes.

Products such as baby milk powder that are not liquids, aerosols or gels can be taken onboard.

Carriage of expressed breast milk

Passengers travelling without their infant or toddler may only take expressed breast milk on board an aircraft in containers of 100ml or less and contained in a transparent, re-sealable plastic bag that has a total volume of no more than one litre.

Expressed breast milk in larger volumes may be carried in a suitably insulated container in checked-in luggage. There are no LAGs restrictions on checked-in bags.

Travelling with medicines

Prescription medicine, non-prescription medicine (including special dietary products), and medical items are exempt from the liquid, aerosol and gel quantity limits. There is no limit to the amount of prescription medication that may be carried on board an aircraft. However, passengers should remember to:

  • have supporting documentation, such as a medical identification card, or a letter from a doctor. The letter should also cover ice packs or gel packs which are required to regulate temperatures;
  • have medicines ready for inspection; and
  • make sure the name on the label of the prescription medication matches the name on the boarding pass.

A pro-forma letter for doctors to provide to their patients is available here.

Remember:

A reasonable amount of non-prescription medicines, including special dietary products, are permitted for the duration of the flight, allowing for any delays. As with baby products, the security screening officer has the final say on what a ‘reasonable amount’ is.

While not a complete list, prescription medicine and non-prescription medicine may include:
  • angina spray;
  • insulin;
  • clotting factor (for haemophiliacs)
  • contact lens solution;
  • inhaler (with spare canisters packed in checked baggage);
  • essential non-prescription medications such as cough syrup and liquid paracetamol;
  • special dietary products such as soy milk or celiac foods; and
  • children's medicines.
Medical devices and items may include 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.

Human embryos, blood products and tissue used for medical research or reproductive health and gel filled external breast prostheses are exempt from the liquids, aerosols and gels restrictions.

Medications in solid form are not liquids, aerosols or gels and can be taken onboard.

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Last Updated: 12 November, 2014