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Carry-on baggage screening

Baggage screening is an important measure to improve your security when flying to and from Australia. If you refuse to allow the security screening officer to screen your carry-on bags you will not be permitted to pass through the security point or to board the aircraft.

Your carry-on bags may be screened in a number of ways, including:

  • X-ray examination;
  • testing for chemical residues using Explosive Trace Detection (ETD) equipment; or
  • physical search.

There are a number of steps that you can take to make the screening process quicker and easier. Make sure that mobile phones, keys, coins, and metallic decorative items are either placed in your checked baggage or in the small trays provided at the screening point. You should also remove your laptop computer from its case and place it in one of the trays provided at the screening point.

You should also have the resealable plastic bag with your liquid, aerosol and gel products ready for inspection, as well as any medicines or medical products in liquid, aerosol or gel form.

Please remember that certain items are not permitted onboard. You will need to surrender these before you pass through the security screening point. Check with your airline beforehand to find out what you can't take onboard and either leave it at home or pack it in your checked baggage, if permitted.

If you have a non-standard camera or film, please discuss how these can be examined with the officers at the security screening point. You should also let the security screening officer know if you have any medically necessary syringes in your carry-on baggage.


Last Updated: 23 July, 2014