What are Liquids, Aerosols and Gels?

List of the most common items include:

  • water and other drinks, soups, syrups, jams, stews, sauces and pastes
  • foods in sauces or containing a high liquid content including honey and marmite
  • creams, lotions, cosmetics and oils including face creams, foundation, sunblock, insect repellent and roll-on deodorants
  • perfumes
  • sprays
  • gels including hair and shower gels
  • contents of pressurised containers, including shaving foam, other foam and deodorants
  • pastes including toothpaste
  • mascara and eyeliner
  • liquid soaps lipsticks, lip gloss or lip balm and
  • any item of similar consistency at room temperature.

These or similar items can only be taken in carry-on baggage on board aircraft in containers of 100ml or smaller, with all containers fitting into the single transparent 1 litre plastic bag. This bag must then be presented separately at the secuirty screening point.

Some toiletry, aerosol and spray items referred to above are classed as dangerous goods and so there are limits on what quantity may be packed in your checked baggage. For further information on what personal items may be dangerous goods and what may be taken in your checked or carry on baggage – refer to CAA website – www.caa.govt.nz – Passenger Info – Dangerous Goods.

For a full list of prohibited items and more information, please visit the Aviation Security website.

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