Carry-on bag
Checked-in luggage

Can I take this item on a plane?

Alcohol that exceeds 70% alcohol by volume must not be taken on a plane. Alcohol used for cleaning (e.g. isopropyl) or "rubbing" alcohol will likely exceed the 70% limit.

What are the restrictions?

  • Alcohol exceeding 70% alcohol by volume must not be taken on a plane.
  • Between 24% and 70%, you are limited to taking 5 litres of alcohol in your carry-on.
  • Alcohol less than 24% has no volume restrictions.

Note: International flights limit the amount of liquids you can pack in your carry-on - see Powders, liquids, aerosols, and gels for more information.

Why is this item restricted?

Some liquids are highly volatile and can have low combustion thresholds and can’t be taken onto planes because there is a risk of them exploding or catching fire harming people and property. It is not safe to take them on the plane.


What happens if I have a restricted item in my carry-on bag?

You will be asked to relinquish all dangerous or prohibited items found in your carry-on luggage. If you refuse:

  • you will not be permitted to move through the screening point, and
  • your airline will be advised of your refusal.

How does Aviation Security screen for restricted items?

AvSec x-ray bags going onto aircraft to ensure there is nothing dangerous in them. If something comes up on the x-ray that needs checking, the bag will be opened, searched and any dangerous good or prohibited item will be removed, with a bag search notification form left within the bag.

What if my items are removed?

If you want to retrieve an item that has been removed, please contact your airline as soon as possible. The airline will dispose of items within three to seven days, so the sooner you make contact, the better your chance of having the items returned to you. For more information, see:

Retrieving your removed items