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        Carry on Aircraft Baggage Allowances

What to carry on the aircraft with you

For the safety and comfort of all passengers, and to ensure compliance with Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority Regulations, it is necessary to limit the size, weight and number of passengers carry on baggage.

Carry on baggage should be kept as light as possible, at some airports there are considerable distances to walk upon arrival or departure. However, you should carry fragile and valuable items, such as electronic equipment (including laptops, mobile phones), cameras, cash, keys and jewellery etc. in your carry on baggage. You should also take any essential medication and prescriptions on board with you.

Personal articles such as an overcoat, handbag, umbrella, walking stick, small camera, and some reading matter for the flight may be carried in the cabin.

Be sure to label baggage inside and out, with your name, address and contact number for your destination. Labels can be obtained from your local travel agent or at check-in.

Carry on baggage allowances vary from carrier to carrier Carry on baggage allowances on MOST flights for adults and children (except infants) are:

Route Piece Allowance and Dimensions Weight Allowance

Australian Domestic


All Classes:

2 x 105cm (41in) bags or

1 x 105cm (41in) bag plus 1 x 185cm (73in) non rigid garment bag or

1 x 115cm (45in) bag

7kg (15lb) per piece


All International


First/Business:


2 x 115cm (45in) bags or

1 x 115cm (45in) bag plus 1 x 185cm (73in) non rigid garment bag

Economy:


1 x 115cm (45in) bag or

1 x 185cm (73in) non rigid garment bag


7kg (15lb) per piece


Baggage Dimensions

Baggage Dimensions

Total dimensions are measured by adding together the length, height and depth of the bag.

Length

Height

Depth

Total

48cm (19in)

+

34cm (13in)

+

23cm (9in)

=

105cm (41in)

56cm (22in)

+

36cm (14in)

 +

23cm (9in)

 =

115cm (45in)

60cm (24in)

+

114cm (45in)

 +

11cm (4in)

 =

185cm (73in)



All Flights

In addition to the carry on baggage referred to above, the following items may be carried free of charge: (please check with your airline)

  • Infant/s food for consumption in flight.
  • Infants nappies for in-flight.
  • A pair of crutches and/or walking stick and/or other prosthetic device for you if you are dependent on them.

Laptop computers are a special item which may be carried as carry on baggage subject to a number of conditions. They:

  • Must conform to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations
  • Must be totally noiseless. (Use of printers in-flight will not be permitted)
  • Must not be used during take-off and landing
  • Must not interface with the aircraft's power supply, and
  • Are subject to x-ray inspections on departure.

At Australian international and domestic terminals laptop computers will be subject to an additional security check. Before x-raying, the laptop computer must be removed from its carry case and the battery removed from the laptop. All items will then be x-rayed separately. If the screener is unable to satisfy that the computer does not contain a weapon or explosive device, it is to be subjected to trace detection.

In terms of carry on baggage allowance, laptop computers and small video camera units constitute one carry on bag equivalent.

To minimise the risk of damage to undeveloped film, we recommend that it be packed in your carry on baggage rather than in your checked baggage. If you have queries regarding possible damage to your film in carry on baggage, please check with the screening officers.


Baggage for Children & Infants

Children are entitled to the same carry on baggage allowance as adults.

Adults accompanying infants are entitled to check-in one collapsible stroller or a carry basket or bassinet (to be stowed in the aircraft hold) and infant food and nappies for use in-flight. This is in addition to the normal free baggage allowance for adults.


Passenger Security Measures

The Australian Government has directed that for security reasons, all knives, sharp objects or cutting implements of any kind and any length, whether of metal or other material, and some sporting goods, must only be packed in your checked baggage. They cannot be carried in your cabin baggage or on your person. All carry on baggage is x-rayed prior to boarding aircraft and WILL be confiscated with no recourse or claim back on the airline terminal or airline.

Sharp objects or cutting implements include but are not limited to: any knife, including paper knives, carpet knives, box cutters, letter openers, scissors of any kind, tradesman's tools, screwdrivers, corkscrews, darts and knitting needles.

'Sporting goods' include but are not limited to: sporting bats, billiard/snooker/pool cues, and catapults.

If you are carrying any such items, they must be packed in your checked baggage. If you try to carry them in your cabin baggage or on your person, the airport screening services will remove them. They will not be returned to you.


Travel from Australia

From 31 March 2007, the Australian Government introduced enhanced security screening measures. This involves limiting the amount of liquids, aerosols and gels that can be taken through the security screening point for passengers who are flying;

  • To and from Australia; or
  • On an Australian domestic sector operated by an international flight.

Passengers should pack liquids, aerosols and gels exceeding 100ml/3.3oz in your checked baggage to avoid confiscation at hand luggage screening points.


Carry on Baggage Restrictions

Baggage Restrictions

    • All liquids, aerosols and gels must be carried in containers of no greater than 100ml/3.3oz capacity (approximately 100gm in weight).
    • All containers must fit comfortably in a transparent, resealable plastic bag.
    • The plastic bag must be no greater than 1 litre (1 quart) in capacity with a total outer edge measurement of the sealed section of the bag no larger than 80cm.
    • There is a limit of one plastic bag per passenger including children.
    • The plastic bag must be removed from carry on baggage and presented to security personnel at the checkpoint for inspection and separate x-ray screening.
    • Containers larger than 100ml/3.3oz will not be accepted, even if only partially filled.


Liquids, aerosols and gels include, but are not limited to

  • Water and other drinks, soups, syrups, jams, stews, sauces and pastes;
  • Foods in sauces or containing a high liquid content;
  • Creams, lotions, cosmetics and oils;
  • Perfumes;
  • Sprays;
  • Gels including hair and shower gels;
    contents of pressurised containers, including shaving foam, other foam and deodorants;
    pastes including toothpaste;
  • Liquid-solid mixtures;
  • Mascara;
  • Lipsticks;
  • Lighters
  • Lip gloss or lip balm;
  • And any item of similar consistency at room temperature.


Medication and Baby Products


  • Prescription medicine and non-prescription medicine is permitted provided the passenger can demonstrate a bona fide need for these items
  • Reasonable amounts of non-prescription medication required for the length of the flight are permitted.
  • Baby products to be consumed in-flight including baby milk, sterilised water, baby juice, baby food in liquid, gel or paste form and wet wipes may be carried on board.
  • All medication and baby products may be subject to additional security checks.


Flights Departing From an Australian International Airport Terminal

Passengers travelling on flights departing from an Australian international airport terminal (including Australian domestic sectors operated by an international flight) may take on board liquids, aerosols and gels purchased after the screening point, including duty free goods (please note duty free goods are not available for purchase by domestic passengers).

However if your journey includes a transit or transfer to a connecting flight at another airport within Australia or overseas, your carry on baggage may be subject to re-screening and this will affect the purchase and carriage of liquids, aerosols and gels in your carry on baggage.


The following information outlines the impact of the government regulations on passengers travelling from Australia where their journey includes a transit or transfer to a connecting flight. Passengers are reminded government information can change with short notice and to ensure you are familiar with the latest information for each point in your journey.


Passengers travelling on an International Flight With a Transit Stop within Australia

Passengers travelling on a flight departing from an Australian international airport terminal, which makes a transit stop at an international airport within Australia will be screened at both the departure and transit airports.

If the flight is operated by the same aircraft on both sectors, passengers may leave their carry on baggage on board during the transit stop, including liquids, aerosols and gels exceeding 100ml eg passengers. You must check with your airline to ensure their procedure

If the flight is operated by different aircraft on each sector resulting in an aircraft change at the transit airport, all passengers will be required to remove all carry on baggage at the transit airport and be re-screened before joining their onward flight eg passengers travelling from Australia changing aircraft in London to Europe or Los Angeles to rest of U.S.A Liquids, aerosols and gels exceeding 100ml taken through the transit screening point will have to be surrendered and will not be returned. Please check with your airline before departure

We advise passengers to purchase liquids, aerosols and gels exceeding 100ml (including duty free goods) after the transit screening point at your last departure airport from Australia or on your last international flight sector. However, if you are transferring to a connecting flight in a country, which has implemented liquids, aerosols and gels screening, you will be re-screened again at the transfer airport. You should not purchase these items before proceeding through screening at the final transfer airport e.g. passengers travelling Australia to Los Angeles/ London transferring say to either another, USA airport or U.K/Europe airport should purchase their liquids, aerosols and gels not exceeding 100ml per item once arriving in U.S.A. or London.


Passengers Travelling On An International Flight With A Transit Stop Outside Australia

Passengers travelling on a flight departing from an Australian international airport terminal, which makes a transit stop at an airport outside Australia, will be screened at both the departure and transit airports.

To all passengers arriving into United States of America.

Lighters (butane, absorbed fuel, electric, battery-powered, and novelty lighters) are not to be carried on the person, or in the carry-on and checked baggage. This ruling by The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) applies

This information is a guide only and we recommend you contact the airline you are travelling on.

This information is current as of  15/12/2014 and is subject to change

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