Rules to fly by

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Don’t let rules and restrictions ruin your holiday. Know in advance what you can and cannot take on board a plane.

How many bags?

When travelling domestic, it’s typical for a handbag or laptop bag to be allowed in addition to your baggage allowance. However, this is not always the case with international travel. Check your airline’s website carefully because when they say one cabin bag, they mean just the one.

Size matters

There are many reasons to pack light – smaller, lighter bags are easier to lift and carry, fewer bags means less chance of losing a bag along the way, and you avoid getting stung at the airport. All airlines have luggage size and weight restrictions. Business and First Class passengers have the most generous allowance but there are still restrictions. If you plan to shop while on holidays, be sure to leave plenty of space in your suitcase before you leave home.

It can be difficult to determine the weight of your suitcase while travelling. If you think you may be over, consider purchasing additional weight for your flight. This is a service many airlines offer and it is a lot cheaper than getting hit with an over-weight fee at check-in.

All about liquids

Bringing liquids through security comes with the risk of having them seized so it pays to know the restrictions.

When leaving Australia, arriving on an international flight or transitioning through Australia from another country, there are restrictions to the quantity of liquids, aerosols and gels you can carry onboard. These restrictions do not apply to checked-in baggage. Generally, liquids, aerosols or gel items must be in containers of 100 millilitres (volume), 100 grams (weight) or less, and all items must fit into the one re-sealable plastic bag (unusually provided at the start of the security counter).

These restrictions do not apply to domestic flights, unless you are travelling on the domestic leg of a flight departing from an Australian international terminal. However, there are still restrictions to what you can carry onboard a domestic flight.

Dangerous items

You cannot carry prohibited items, weapons and dangerous goods on board domestic or international flights. Some of these are obvious: straight razors, knives, fireworks and flammable liquids. Others may be less obvious: golf clubs, lithium batteries and aerosols. Check the government’s TravelSecure website before you go. A few minutes of research could save you losing your item at security.


There are restrictions around what food, plant and animal products can be brought in and out of the state and country. Different rules apply for different states and territories within Australia as well as overseas. You can find a comprehensive list of domestic quarantine online at or see for international.

Report: Amanda Willimott
Published in RoyalAuto Nov 2016