What to expect at the airport
Before your flight
There are things you need to do when you arrive at the airport before you can get on your flight.
Getting to the airport
Aim to arrive at the airport at least 3 hours before your international flight is due to depart. You should plan enough time to check in and pass through security screenings. Times can change during peak periods, consider checking the airline details to allow enough time before your flight.
Flight delays and cancellations
Sometimes there may be disruptions to flights. Most airlines will contact you by email or SMS if there are changes to your flight. You can also view up to date flight departure times on the websites of most major airports.
When you arrive at the airport you need to check in with the airline you’re flying with. Some airlines also allow you to check in online 24 hours before your flight. When you’ve checked in you’ll get a physical or digital boarding pass.
Your airline determines the number of bags and weight of each item you can check and carry on a flight. This information is usually provided at the time of booking. Your checked baggage will be screened before it’s loaded onto the plane to make sure the contents are safe to fly.
All departing passengers must be screened by security. You can learn about the screening process to help get through security quickly. Find out more about passenger screening on the Department of Home Affairs website.
Your carry-on luggage will also be screened by security. There are strict rules about what items you can take on a plane and the quantity of some items for international flights. Find out more about what items you can’t take on a plane and travelling with powders, liquids, aerosols and gels on the Department of Home Affairs website.
You can also learn about dangerous goods on the Civil Aviation Safety Authority website.
Travelling with specific needs
Help in your language
You can find information in other languages on the Department of Home Affairs website.
There are other resources that can help you prepare to travel by air. These links will take you away from myGov.