Travelling with children

Security screening for children and infants

Babies and infants must go through similar screening to adults. They can be carried by an adult or, if they can walk, they should walk through the screening point on their own. Children will not be screened via body scanners; other methods will be used.

Strollers and prams must be screened along with other carry-on baggage. Many airlines do not allow these items in the cabin due to space and stowage constraints. If you are unsure, check with your airline before you travel.

Carry-on baby products

Domestic flights

There are no restrictions on the amount of powders, liquids, aerosols and gels you can take onboard a domestic flight for a baby or infant. However, if you are connecting to an international flight or if your domestic flight is departing from an international terminal, limits apply.

International flights

You are allowed to carry onboard a reasonable quantity of inorganic powder, liquid, aerosol or gel items for a baby or infant for international flights. Pack only what you need for the duration of a flight and any delays that may occur. There are no quantity restrictions for organic powders such as powdered baby formula.

Baby products allowed may include, but are not limited to:

  • baby milk, including expressed breast milk and powdered formula
  • sterilised water
  • juice
  • baby food in liquid, gel, powder or paste form.

What is a reasonable quantity?

Security screening officers have the final say about a ‘reasonable quantity’. You may need to surrender some of your baby items if it has been decided that it is an excessive quantity of inorganic powder, liquid, aerosol or gel items for the flight.

If travelling without a baby

You may only take expressed breast milk onboard an aircraft in containers of 100 millilitres or less and no more than one litre in total. It must be contained in a transparent, re-sealable plastic bag where the four sides add up to no more than 80 centimetres (e.g. 20x20 cm or 15x25 cm).

Expressed breast milk in larger volumes may be carried in a suitably insulated container in checked baggage. There are no restrictions on powder, liquid, aerosol or gel items for checked baggage.