How to pack
There are strict rules on items that you can bring into the aircraft. Articles that are too bulky or too heavy to fit in the overhead stowage bins or under the seat can injure other passengers if the aircraft encounters turbulence.
Size and contents of baggage
Limitations apply to baggage on all airlines. For the comfort and safety of all passengers it is necessary to limit the size and weight of your cabin baggage. Try not to pack more luggage than you can carry. The airline or your travel agent will have further details on baggage entitlements.
Pack all medication in your cabin baggage so it is available when you need it.
There are some factors you need to take into account when you pack in your bags. Items in your baggage can be affected by things like temperature, pressure and vibration.
- Temperature can affect the contents of a package filled at low temperature. When the temperature increases, the package can expand in volume causing any liquid contents to leak, or burst packages with gaseous contents.
- Pressure varies from normal at sea level, to a lesser pressure of about only 2/3 of that at sea level. Reduction in pressure can result in liquid and gaseous contents bursting out of their containers. This can be very messy and very dangerous.
- Vibration experienced, not only by baggage, but the contents of the baggage, can result in a potentially dangerous situation. For example book matches and cigarette lighters subject to vibrations have been known to ignite while in suitcases, brief cases and even in pockets.
Don't leave luggage unattended or with someone you don't know. Don't carry baggage for other people. Pack your own bags. Keep them locked at all times. Unwary travellers have been conned into carrying and checking in baggage containing prohibited items.
Each airline has a similar carry-on baggage policy. There is a weight and size limitation for each passenger. This is based on stowage areas, aircraft weight limitations, fuel required, centre of gravity and balance required for take-off. Overloaded passengers have the ability to seriously compromise the convenience, comfort and safety of other passengers and the crew.
When using overhead lockers be aware of how you stow your baggage. For example, don't stack briefcases, place them upright and side by side. This will allow others to fit their baggage in the locker, and will help prevent items from being dislodged. Baggage has been known to fall out of overhead compartments when the contents has shifted during a flight or if the compartments were overloaded.
Overhead storage bins may not be able to hold very heavy objects during turbulence. If you have trouble lifting an item into the bin, have it stored elsewhere. Remember that under-seat space is also limited.
In an accident, the more baggage on board, the greater the likelihood of baggage compartments spilling open, and the greater the chance of injury from flying objects. Evacuation times are slowed by baggage cluttering aisles.
Personal care items like toiletries and medicinal articles, even in aerosol containers, are permitted in restricted amounts. Check these items for hazardous symbols displayed on the container. If the item has one of these symbols you will need to decide if you really need to take it or if you can buy something suitable at your destination. Still unsure? Check the cover of your ticket to see if its listed as a prohibited or restricted dangerous good or contact the airline you are flying with. They have staff who are trained specifically to tell you what can and can't be carried.
The Can I pack that? Dangerous Goods App, which is available on the CASA website along with App Store and Google Play Store, can help inform you about what you can and can’t pack in your luggage. And, if it can be brought aboard, guide you on how to do it safely.
There are a number of items (including weapons) that the Transport Security Act and Regulations (Contact: email@example.com ) prohibit from being carried in the cabin of an aircraft or through a screening point. Examples of such prohibited items and weapons include:
- guns and ammunition, including toys and replicas
- certain scissors
- tools such as chisels
- weapons, such as crossbows and spear guns
- sporting goods that could be used to harm including bats, sticks, poles, rods and spikes
For a complete listing please visit the prohibited items page on the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development website.
This is not a complete list of weapons and prohibited items. There may also be other things banned under other forms of legislation or through the Airline's prerogative to not carry them. If you are unsure about any such items, please check with your airline before you travel – or leave them at home.