Be safe on your plane – risks with aerosols

There are risks with some types of aerosol exploding or catching fire harming people and property.  It’s not safe to take them on the plane - they’re ‘restricted from carriage’.

Avsec x-rays bags going on planes to make sure there is nothing dangerous in them.  If something comes up on the x-ray that needs checking, the bag will be opened and searched.

Are there differences between taking aerosols on domestic or international flights?

The rules that apply to aerosols differ between domestic and international travel and whether the content is flammable or non-flammable.  It is important you know the difference.

 

Types of aerosols

Hazard label

Flammable – the contents [gas or liquid] of this type of aerosol are highly “flammable” when exposed to heat, flames or sparks.  These aerosols will have a hazard label [with flame] placed on container.

Non-Flammable – the contents of [gas or liquid] of this type of aerosol are not flammable nor are they poisonous. These aerosols will have a green hazard label placed on container.

 

The following restrictions apply to aerosols on both domestic and international flights

  • Each container must not exceed 500 ml [or 500g];
  • Each container must have its own lid [to prevent accidental activation]; and
  • The total volume of all aerosols per passenger must not exceed 2000ml [or 2000g].

Aerosols on domestic flights

You can take your aerosols [flammable or non-flammable] for medical treatment, hair or skin products such as deodorant, shaving cream or hairspray in either your carry-on or check-in bag. 

All other flammable aerosols are banned.

Other non-flammable aerosols may go in your check-in bag.

Aerosols on international flights

You can take your aerosols [flammable or non-flammable] for medical treatment, hair or skin products such as deodorant, shaving cream or hairspray in either your carry-on or check-in bag. But if it is in your carry-on it must not exceed 100ml.  Many aerosol containers are bigger than 100ml – check before you pack.

All other flammable aerosols are banned.

Other non-flammable aerosols may go in your check-in bag.