Carry-on bag
Checked-in luggage
Preserved specimens

Can I take this item on a plane?

Ask your airline if you intend to travel with specimens that have been preserved in alcohol. You will need to find out about their packaging requirements.

What are the restrictions?

There are restrictions on the volume of alcohol allowed and how specimens are to be packed. You must discuss carriage with your airline.

If you are travelling on an international flight and taking the specimen as carry-on the alcohol volume allowed cannot exceed 100ml.

Why is this item restricted?

The alcohol used to preserve specimens is flammable and if not packed correctly presents a risk to passengers, crew and 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