Melbourne Airport

Preparing to fly

Preparing For Your Flight - Step-By-Step Guide

Prepare. Check. Depart.

Use this step-by-step guide to make your international journey as easy as possible.

Preparing for your international flight

Preparing For Your Flight - Step-By-Step Guide

1. Identify all of the liquids, aerosols and gels you plan on taking on your travels.

Look carefully through your luggage and identify items you think could be a liquid, aerosol or gel. Pay particular attention to toiletries and cosmetics.

Preparing For Your Flight - Step-By-Step Guide

2. Identify all of the liquids, aerosols and gels that you NEED for your flight.

Separate any items that you believe you NEED to carry with you on the flight. The most common items people wish to carry are deodorant, moisturiser and lip balm.

Preparing For Your Flight - Step-By-Step Guide

3. 100ml or less? You can carry it on board.

Review the items you plan on carrying with you on the flight. Are they 100ml or less? If so, then you can pack them into one transparent, re-sealable plastic bag of no more than 20cm x 20cm.

Your plastic bag will need to seal easily.

Generally, you should be able to fit a maximum of five 100ml items into a 20cm x 20cm bag before it becomes difficult to seal.

Preparing For Your Flight - Step-By-Step Guide

4. Packing your bags.

Items not essential for your flight, and any items more than 100ml, will need to be packed into your check-in luggage.

Even if you believe an item is very important, it should still be packed into your check-in luggage if it is over 100ml.

Any items greater than 100ml, (even if partially filled) that are not checked-in will have to be surrendered at the security screening point and will be destroyed.

If you wish to take a personal water bottle or canister with you during your flight, arrive at the airport with it empty - filling it with water AFTER security screening.

Arriving at the airport

Preparing For Your Flight - Step-By-Step Guide

1. Review your hand luggage.

Are you carrying any liquids, aerosols or gels in your hand luggage that are greater than 100ml capacity? If you are, then be sure to pack them into your check-in luggage before checking-in.

Preparing For Your Flight - Step-By-Step Guide

2. Double-check your plastic bag.

Are there any items in your plastic bag that you don't actually need for your flight? We recommend you pack these items into your check-in luggage.

Does your plastic bag seal comfortably? If it doesn't, then you may have to discard some items or pack them into your check-in luggage.

Preparing For Your Flight - Step-By-Step Guide

3. Check-in: Your last point of call.

Remember that check-in is the last point in which you can put any items into your check-in luggage.

After this point, any liquid, aerosol or gel items over 100ml that have not been checked-in must be surrendered at the security screening point will be destroyed.

If you have a personal water bottle, now would be a good time to drink or tip out its contents, to ensure you can smoothly pass through security screening.  You can refill it from one of the drinking fountains post security screening.

Preparing For Your Flight - Step-By-Step Guide

4. Unsure? Ask a staff member.

At Melbourne Airport, we are focussed on minimising the amount of liquids, aerosols or gel products that passengers have to surrender at the security screening point.

If you are unsure about anything to do with liquids, aerosols or gels, be sure to talk to staff at check-in.


At Security

Preparing For Your Flight - Step-By-Step Guide

1. Remove any metal items.

Place any metal items, such as mobile phones, coins or laptops in the tray provided.

Preparing For Your Flight - Step-By-Step Guide

2. Present your liquids, aerosols and gels.

The plastic bag containing your liquids, aerosols or gels should be presented separately from your other hand luggage. Any liquids, aerosol or gels larger than 100ml will need to be disposed of in the bins provided.

Preparing For Your Flight - Step-By-Step Guide

3. Remove your coat.

All bulky coats/jackets must be removed and placed on the x-ray machine.

Preparing For Your Flight - Step-By-Step Guide

4. Collect your items.

Once given the all-clear by security staff, you will then be given the OK to collect your items.

Preparing For Your Flight - Step-By-Step Guide

5. Random continuous pat down.

You may also be required to undertake a pat down (frisk search). This search is undertaken in a random continuous manner, meaning that a passenger is randomly selected for 'frisking' as soon as they have completed the search of the previous passenger.

The search takes approximately 30 seconds, and involves a security officer of the same sex searching your garments to ensure you are not carrying any hidden items.

If you are unsure about any part of the 'pat down' process, ask the security officer to explain it to you.