Security measures are in place that limit the quantity of liquids, aerosols, gels and now, certain powders that you can bring onboard international flights only. These restrictions do not apply to your checked-in baggage.
Domestic flights within Australia are not subject to restrictions on how much powder, liquids, aerosols and gels you can carry onboard, however all aerosol containers must have a fitted cap, or locking device and be presented at belongings screening.
Common items classified as powders, liquids, aerosols and gels:
- Powder – fine dry particles or clumpy, grain or compressed material like flour, ground coffee, spices, powder make-up and powdered milk.
- Liquid – flowing substances like wine, bottled water, shampoo, foundation make-up and other cosmetics.
- Aerosol – items kept in an under-pressure container like deodorants, sunscreen sprays and other sprays.
- Gel – jelly-like substances like vegemite, honey and toothpaste.
Key facts about powder liquid, aerosol and gel items for international flights:
- Passengers are only able to take liquids, aerosols and gels in containers up to 100ml or 100g in size in carry-on baggage.
- Liquid, aerosol and gel items must be stored in a resealable transparent plastic bag that measures approximately 20cm x 20cm.
- These restrictions affect items such as drinks, creams, perfumes, sprays, gels, toothpaste and other similar substances in hand luggage.
- For inorganic powders such as salt, talcum powder and sand a limit of 350ml or 350g per passenger applies.
- There is no limit on organic powders made from living matter such as food and baby formula though these items must all be presented at the screening point. Powders do not need to be placed in a clear plastic bag.
- Duty free goods in a sealed bag can be taken on board. Please note that if you have stopovers during your flight, your duty free goods might be subject to powders, liquids, aerosols and gels restrictions. For advice on when to purchase duty-free, click here.
- Exceptions apply to baby products, medical (prescription and non-prescription) items and dietary requirements. Exempt items do not have to be carried in the clear, resealable plastic bag, but will still need to be security screened. Find more information here.
For more information on powder, liquid, aerosol and gel item restrictions and exemptions, visit the Department of Home Affairs TravelSECURE Website.
Forgot a clear plastic bag?
Don’t worry, there are a few places that you can find a 20cm x 20cm clear, plastic bag for your carry-on Powders, Liquids, Aerosols and Gels:
- Ask airline staff at the counter as you check in.
- On Level 4 at the Departures portal, before going down to screening, there is a sorting bench with plastic bags available.
- On Level 3, immediately before screening, there are more sorting benches with plastic bags available. These are directly opposite from the disposal bins if you have any items you need to surrender before your flight.
- Brisbane Airport recommends pre-packing your carry-on plastic bag of powders, liquids, aerosols and gels before you arrive at the airport to save time.
Do the powder, liquid, aerosols and gels rules apply to Duty Free shopping?
Duty free shopping is not exempt from the powder, liquid, aerosol and gels restrictions.
If you are buying duty-free powder, liquid, aerosol and gel items at the airport, be sure to purchase them after you have passed through this security screening process, unless they are less than 100ml/100g, or 350ml or 350g for powders.
If you have another international stopover (for example, Brisbane - Singapore - London), your duty free items purchased at Brisbane Airport will need to be scanned again at your stopover destination and could risk confiscation. For more information about transiting with Duty Free items , visit the TravelSECURE Website.
Tip: When in doubt, purchase and pick up later. Duty free items can be collected as you return to Brisbane Airport with the BNE Duty Free service.