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LAGS Restrictions

Australia and Brunei

To ensure your safety, the Australian & Brunei Governments have legislated new rules on taking liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) for flights to/from/transit in Australia and flights from Brunei, for all passengers boarding a flight in Australia and Brunei, either new or transit passengers from other airports.

For flights from/transiting in Australia into/transiting in Brunei

Duty free items in excess of 100 ml can be purchased after clearing customs, immigration and security at any airport in Australia, the quantity of which is subject to Brunei customs duty free allowance. These duty free items are allowed into Brunei if Brunei is your final destination. If Brunei is a transit destination, however, these items may be brought on board only if they have not been opened and have been packed securely in tamper-evident bags.

For flights from/transiting in Brunei into/transiting in Australia

All items in excess of 100 ml will be confiscated in Brunei, regardless of whether the items are purchased duty-free from another airport or packed in tamper-evident bags. For more information, please visit the official website of the Australian government here. Please note that no airline shall be held responsible for confiscated items.

Australia Airports

The Australian Department of Transportation and Regional Services has introduced enhanced security measures to limit the amount of liquids, aerosols and gels that can be taken through the airport screening points for international flights.

These aviation security arrangements apply to all passengers traveling to and from Australia, and are consistent with practices adopted by Canada, the United States, the European Union, and the United Kingdom, where they have proven successful at keeping delays to a minimum whilst delivering improved security.

These rules consist of the following:

  1. Passengers can still take on board items purchased after the screening point, including duty free items.
  2. Passengers may still carry on board the things they would normally carry in hand baggage, such as cameras, personal music devices, books, and clothing. Existing restrictions for hand baggage remain the same.
  3. All containers with drinks, creams, perfumes, sprays, gels, toothpaste and similar substances are to be carried in a re-sealable transparent plastic bag, no larger than one litre, to be inspected separately at the airport screening point.
  4. Each container should not have a capacity greater than 100 ml and all containers should fit comfortably in a sealed plastic bag. The plastic bag makes it easy to display and inspect the liquids while protecting other baggage items from leaks.
  5. Exceptions will be made for passengers with medical conditions and reasonable quantities of baby food required for the flight. However, these items may be subject to additional security checks.
  6. Larger amounts of liquids can still be carried in checked baggage.

The Australian Government understands that the rules will affect airport security staff, airlines, airport retailers, and passengers. They are working hard to ensure that the rules are fair and communicated effectively to the traveling public. Overseas experience suggests that once travelers are familiar with the measures, delays have been minimal.

This measure is one of a suite of measures the Australian Government has introduced to increase aviation security and to operate in greater accordance to international aviation security regulations. For more information, please visit this website: http://travelsecure.infrastructure.gov.au/international/lags/.

Brunei International Airport

Brunei’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) has implemented security rules for cabin baggage for all international and transit passengers departing from Brunei International Airport (BIA).

The rules consist of the following:

  1. All liquids, gels, aerosols and items with similar consistency are to be carried in containers with a capacity no greater than 100 ml/100 gm/3.40z. Items carried in containers larger than 100 ml will not be accepted, even if partially filled.
  2. Containers are to be placed in a transparent and re-sealable plastic bag with a maximum capacity no greater than 1 litre. The containers must fit comfortably within the sealed transparent plastic bag.
  3. The plastic bag is to be presented for visual examination at the screening point. Only one transparent plastic bag per passenger is permitted.
  4. Exemptions are made for liquids, gels and aerosols used for medication, baby milk/foods and special dietary requirements. Passengers may be requested to verify the nature of such liquids, gels and aerosols.
  5. Exemptions are made for flight crew in uniform and on duty during flights.

Exemptions are made for LAGs items purchased either at airport duty free shops located in sterile areas or on board the aircraft, on the condition that items are packed in a sealed plastic bag that is both tamper-evident and displays satisfactory proof of purchase at the airport duty free shops or on board the aircraft on the day/s of the journey, for departing and transit passengers.

To facilitate screening and to avoid a cluttered x-ray image, such plastic bags containing the items should be presented apart from other cabin baggage, coats/jackets, or laptops for separate x-ray screening.

These security measures are made in accordance to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) of 30 March 2007 and recommended for implementation by all the ICAO contracting state. See the brochure below for more information.

China Airports

The Civil Aviation of China (CAAC) implements a limit of the amount of liquids, gels and aerosols in passengers’ carry-on luggage with the following regulations:

  1. Fluids and aerosols must be in containers holding no greater than 100 ml.
  2. These containers must be carried aboard international flights in clear, re-sealable plastic bags with a capacity no greater than one litre.
  3. Each passenger will be restricted to one plastic bag, which will be inspected by security staff.
  4. The same rules and restrictions will apply to passengers on incoming overseas flights.
  5. All liquid duty-free items must be carried aboard in intact, sealed plastic bags, and passengers must produce their purchase invoices.
  6. All alcoholic liquids have to be packed inside checked luggage with no exceptions.
  7. Exceptions are made for special items, such as medication and baby milk. This will be subject to further verification.

Passengers are advised to arrive at airports earlier than they normally do to allow for delays and inspections.

Dubai International Airport

Dubai International Airport authorities enforce security regulations on hand baggage of liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs). The new regulations are as follows:

  1. All liquids must be in individual containers of a capacity no greater than 100 ml.
  2. All containers must be placed comfortably in one transparent re-sealable bag, no larger than 20 cm x 20 cm in size.
  3. Only one bag per passenger is allowed. The bag must be clear and re-sealable, such as zip lock bags. Larger bags or bags that are non-sealable, such as fold-over sandwich bags, are not allowed.
  4. Each passenger must remove their clear plastic bag from their hand baggage and place it on the conveyor belt for x-ray screening.
  5. Passengers can still pack liquids, aerosols and gels in checked-in bags as these rules only apply to hand luggage.
  6. Passengers can still carry medicine and dietary requirements, including baby food, in their hand luggage. These items do not have to be sealed in a clear plastic bag. Passengers may be asked to prove the necessity of these items during the journey.
  7. Passengers can still buy liquids such as perfumes on board an aircraft or at Dubai Duty Free, where liquids are sold in 2-litre tamper-evident bags. Bags must not be opened before passengers are screened. Failure to do so will result in confiscation of said item.
  8. All bought liquids are not included in the quantities mentioned for re-sealable bags.

For more information on the new rules, please visit the Dubai International Airport website.

Malaysia Airports

Security rules on Liquids, Aerosols and Gels restrictions are in place. The rules apply to all international passengers departing from or transiting at Malaysian Airports i.e. Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Penang, Kuching, and Langkawi International Airports, as well as for international bound passengers departing from domestic airports such as Miri, Redang, Tioman, Melaka, and others.

The regulations consist of the following:

  1. Passengers are allowed to take small quantities of liquids in individual containers no greater than 100 ml each in their hand luggage.
  2. These small quantities of liquids, gels or aerosols must be packed or placed in one transparent, re-sealable plastic bag of capacity no greater than one litre. Only one bag per passenger is allowed.
  3. The standard re-sealable plastic bags are available at information counters, security checkpoints, and other specially equipped locations at the airport terminal area where passengers can repack their quantities of liquids, gels and aerosols.
  4. Passengers are allowed to use a suitable transparent re-sealable plastic bag brought from outside the airport as long as it is similar of type and size issued by the airport authorities.
  5. The new rules do not limit the liquids and gels that passengers can purchase at airport shops including duty free outlets in the security-controlled areas of the airport terminal building.
  6. Liquids, gels or aerosols bought at airport duty free outlets or shops will be packed and placed in transparent, secure tamper-evident bag (STEBs). However, rules also vary depending on where the passengers are flying to. For example, Australian authorities require shop personnel to hand-deliver duty free items in STEBs to passengers at the boarding gate, and only for direct flights. Please make sure of the regulations in your destination airport before flying.
  7. Passengers are allowed to bring along medication, baby milk, baby food or special dietary needs during the trip, provided that they can provide proof that they are needed during the flight.
  8. These rules cover liquids such as water, drinks, soups, syrups, other beverages, gels (including hair and shower gels), pastes (including toothpaste), mascara, liquid eyeliner, lipsticks, blushers, lip gloss, lip balm, creams, lotions, oils, perfumes, sprays, liquid-solid mixture, contents of pressurized containers (including shaving foam and deodorants), aerosols, foundation, insect repellant, lighter fluid, sunblock, waxy substances and any other item of similar consistency. In layman’s terms anything that one can “pour, spray, or smear” are affected by these rules.

Manila International Airport

Manila International Airport enforce additional restrictions on liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs items) on hand baggage as per the following regulations:

  1. Items in a container larger than 100 ml are to be placed in your checked baggage. Any item carried in a container larger than 100 ml will not be accepted as hand baggage, even if the container is only partially filled.
  2. Items must be placed in a transparent re-sealable plastic bag approximately 20 cm x 20 cm with a maximum capacity no greater than 1 litre. The containers must fit comfortably within the transparent bag that is sealed shut.
  3. Each passenger is permitted to carry only one such bag, which is to be presented separately for screening.
  4. Bags sealed with items such as sticky tape, rubber bands or ribbons will not be accepted. Re-sealable plastic bags are available at the booths located at the departure lobby and at the passenger entrance door.
  5. Exceptions will be made for medications, baby milk/foods and special dietary requirements in LAGs form subject to additional checks and verification at the screening point.
  6. Exceptions will also be made for retail liquid items bought at the airport or on board the aircraft that are packed in sealed transparent secure tamper evident bags (STEBs) by the airport or airline staff. The receipt shall be clearly displayed in the STEB and the date of purchase shall coincide with the day of travel.

Carriage of the following items in hand baggage are permitted:

  1. Empty containers such as flasks or mugs.
  2. Baby products that include empty containers such as empty bottles, beakers or flasks; baby milk; sterilized baby water; baby juice; baby products in liquid, gel or paste form; baby food powder.
  3. Medicine such as essential prescribed medication; essential non-prescribed medication e.g. cough syrup; insulin; medical devices.

Carriage of the following items in hand baggage are limited to under 100 ml:

  1. Drinks in cans, bottles, plastic containers etc.
  2. Liquid cosmetics and toiletries in liquid/gel form such as fragrance and perfumes; liquid foundations and lip gloss; mascara; toothpaste; all products in pressurized containers e.g. hair spray, shaving foam/gel; deodorant; contact lens solution.
  3. Liquid based food products in packets, tubes, plastic or tin containers such as jams and syrups; sauces; paste; yoghurt; soups (carton or otherwise); stews or curry.

Please observe the following prior to checking in:

  1. Identify all the liquid, aerosol and gels you intend to bring with you on this trip.
  2. Place all liquid, aerosol and gels that are in a container no larger than 100 ml in a re-sealable plastic bag that can be bought in any supermarket. The total content of this bag should not exceed 1 litre. Only one bag of LAGs is allowed per passenger.
  3. Any LAGs in a container larger than 100 ml should be placed in your check-in luggage or left behind.

Please observe the following at the final security checkpoint:

  1. Present the plastic bag containing LAGs to the security screening staff.
  2. Surrender any liquid, aerosol and gels that do not conform to the 100 ml volume container restriction and those that exceed the limit for each LAGs bag.
  3. If applicable, present proof of need for medicine, such as prescriptions, to the security screening staff.

Indonesia Airports

The Indonesian Government has imposed enhanced security measures to limit the amount of liquids, aerosols, and gels (LAGs) that can be taken through the international screening point by people who are flying to or from Indonesia.

These include the following items:

  1. Water and other drinks, soups, syrups
  2. Creams, lotions and oils
  3. Perfumes
  4. Sprays
  5. Gels, including hair and shower gels
  6. Contents of pressurized containers, including shaving foam, other foams and deodorants
  7. Pastes, including toothpaste
  8. Liquid-solid mixtures
  9. Mascara
  10. Any other item of similar consistency

These items must be contained in individual containers, each with a maximum capacity of no greater than 100 ml. These containers must be packed in one transparent, re-sealable plastic bag of no greater than one litre capacity per passenger.

To help screeners detect liquids, passengers are instructed to:

  1. Present all liquids carried to the screeners at security checkpoints for examination
  2. Remove jackets, coats, or similar pieces of attire for separate screening
  3. Remove laptop computers and other large electrical devices from hand luggage for separate screening

Passengers are still allowed to:

  1. Pack liquids in checked baggage. The new rules only affect hand luggage.
  2. Carry in medicines and dietary requirements, including baby foods, for use during the trip. Proof or requirement may be necessary.
  3. Buy liquids such as drinks and perfumes either in airport shops beyond the screening point as well as in-flight shops operated by an international carrier. Items sold in a special sealed bag are not to be opened before the screening point of your last airport to prevent confiscation.

All these liquids are excluded from the quantity quota in the re-sealable plastic bag mentioned above.

Singapore Airports

Enhanced security measures for flights departing from Singapore Changi Airport are put into practice. These measures involve restrictions on the carriage of Liquids, Aerosols and Gels (LAGs). The LAGs control measures cover only personal hand-carry items and retail items bought at the airport or on board the aircraft and include the following:

  1. LAGs taken through the screening point for flights from Singapore must be carried in containers with a capacity no greater than 100 ml. LAGs carried in partially filled containers larger than 100 ml will not be accepted.
  2. Containers must be placed in a transparent re-sealable plastic bag with a maximum capacity no greater than 1 litre. The containers must fit comfortably within the transparent bag, which must be completely closed.
  3. Only one transparent re-sealable plastic bag per passenger is allowed. The bag must be presented separately for examination at the security screening point.
  4. Exceptions will be made for medications, baby products, and special dietary requirements in LAGs form. These items will be subjected to additional checks and verification at the screening point.

Medicines may include the following:

  • Essential prescribed medicines, including angina spray
  • Essential non-prescribed medicines, such as cough syrup
  • Children’s medicines
  • Insulin
  • Clotting factor (for haemophiliacs)
  • Inhaler (spare canisters are to be packed in checked baggage)
  • Medication for diabetics
  • etc.

Baby products may include the following:

  • Baby milk
  • Sterilized water
  • Baby juice
  • Baby food in liquid, gel or paste form
  • Wet wipes

Special dietary items are food without which the passenger’s health is threatened. They should be taken in quantities that are sufficient for the flight. Examples include special foods that are necessary in:

  • Special diets for lactose intolerant passengers
  • Special diets for gluten-intolerant passengers
  1. Exemptions will also be made for retail liquid items bought at the airport or on board the aircraft and packed in sealed transparent tamper-evident bags by the airport or airline staff. The receipt shall be clearly displayed in the sealed bag and the date of purchase shall coincide with the date of travel.

To facilitate their check-in and screening processes, passengers are advised to pack all LAGs items appropriately before arriving at the airport. All LAGs items not required during the flight should be packed into check-in luggage. If passengers are unsure of any item, they are advised to pack it in their check-in luggage.

Passengers are encouraged to check in for their flight early and to proceed to the security screening point at least 60 minutes prior to the flight departure time. All items exempted from the restrictions, such as medications, baby foods and special dietary items, as well as any supporting documentation for their necessity, should be promptly presented for security checks.

Thailand Airports

Security measures on the carriage of liquids, aerosols, and gels (LAGs) in hand baggage on board scheduled, non-scheduled, and private flights both domestic and international from Thailand are in place.

The new regulations are as follows:

  1. LAGs items must be carried in containers with a capacity no greater than 100 ml each (or its equivalent in other volumetric measurements). LAGs carried in containers with a capacity of more than 100 ml will not be accepted, even if the container is only partially filled.
  2. Containers must be placed in a transparent re-sealable plastic bag with a maximum capacity no greater than 1 litre. The containers must fit comfortably within the transparent plastic bag, which must be completely closed.
  3. The transparent plastic bag is to be presented for screening at the security screening point by separating it from other hand baggage such as coats and laptop computers.
  4. Each passenger is permitted to carry only one such bag.
  5. Reasonable amount of medicines and baby milk/foods are exempted from the requirements stated in items 1, 2 and 3, but they are to be presented for screening at the security screening point.
  6. LAGs items bought from duty-free shops at the airport or on board the aircraft are exempted from the requirements stated in items 1, 2 and 3, but they are to be packed in a transparent sealed plastic bag and must not show any signs of reopening after buying. The receipts are be clearly displayed and the date of purchase must coincide with the day of travel.