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When going through the security screening process at Australian airports, there are a number of simple steps you can take to make your journey as quick and smooth as possible. More detailed information about each of the points below is contained elsewhere on the site.

1. Booking your trip

Security laws vary from country to country. More information can be found at smartraveller.gov.au. Check with your airline or the relevant authorities at your destination for information on prohibited items, restricted items and dangerous goods. It is recommended that you do this before you travel. Australia has strict rules covering prohibited items and dangerous goods. It is your responsibility to make sure you are aware of these laws before you fly.

2. Packing your carry-on bags

International travellers boarding flights in Australia need to be aware of the rules for the amount of liquids, aerosols and gels you can take onboard an international flight, the treatment of duty free liquids, aerosols and gels, and the rules governing the carriage of prohibited items in carry-on baggage. At the security screening point you need to separate your liquid, aerosol and gel items from your other carry-on possessions and present them separately to the screening officer. If you choose to present your duty free liquid, aerosol and gel items for security screening at one of Australia's eight international gateway airports, it is important that the items remain in the sealed bag provided at the time of purchase and have accompanying proof of purchase.

3. Before you go

Check that you haven’t inadvertently packed prohibited items in your carry-on bags. This sometimes happens where travellers use a bag that they have previously used for a hunting or fishing trip, where spent cartridges or fish hooks have been left in the bag. These items are prohibited and will not be permitted beyond the screening point.

4. Arriving at the airport

Arrive in plenty of time to clear the security checks at the airport and follow the directions of the security screening staff.

5. Going through security at the airport

The Australian Government and the aviation industry take aviation security seriously. We ask that you do too. Jokes about bomb threats, attacking passengers and crew, and taking replica weapons onboard are a criminal offence punishable by law. Such jokes cause disruption and distress to your fellow passengers and involve costs to airports and police, for which you may be responsible.

6. Returning home to Australia

Remember there are rules regarding the liquids, aerosols and gels you can bring back into Australia from an overseas trip, including those purchased duty free at the airport. There are also restrictions on other items you can bring into Australia. You should check this before you return to Australia.

Remember, while some security measures can seem an inconvenience, they are in place to protect us all. It is the Government's role to ensure the safety and security of all travellers going through Australian airports.

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Last Updated: 23 October, 2014