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Substances covered by liquids, aerosols and gels restrictions

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  • All liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) are covered by the quantity restrictions. LAGs 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.
  • Below are some examples of LAGs items that may only be taken through the security screening point, and onboard the aircraft, if they meet the quantity limit (100ml/grams or less) and are in a re-sealable bag whose four sides add up to no more than 80cm.
  • Creamy dips and spreads (cheeses, peanut butter, etc.)
  • Canned food items with a high liquid content (e.g. abalone, mushrooms, sardines etc)
  • Conditioner
  • Deodorants
  • Gravy/sauces
  • Honey, vegemite
  • Jams
  • Lipstick, lip balm
  • Lotions
  • Mousse, wax, styling products
  • Non-alcoholic drinks—eg water, juices
  • Oils/vinegars
  • Perfume
  • Salad dressing
  • Sauces/salsa
  • Soft/cream cheese
  • Soups
  • Shampoo
  • Stews, pastes
  • Toothpaste
  • Wine, liquor and beer

Aviation security screening officers have the final say if there is any doubt about a product that a passenger is trying to take through a screening point and onboard the aircraft.

Note that items purchased after the security screening point at Australian international gateway airports have been pre-screened and can be taken on the plane departing Australia.

Advanced liquid explosive detection equipment has been introduced at all Australian international gateway airports. The eight international gateway airports are Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. International passengers may be able to take their duty free items through the screening point if the items are presented by a passenger in a sealed bag provided at the time of purchase and the items are cleared by screening technologies.

For more information visit the departure requirements page or inbound transit requirement page.

Did you know?

Some items that you carry with you may not immediately seem to be LAGs 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 LAGs.


Last Updated: 23 July, 2014