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omtatsat 10.03.2019 15:13

Melbourne Airport baggage control
 
Anybody been through Melbourne airport lately? Do they check through the baggage of all arriving passengers from overseas in the Melbourne airport? Or is it random?

EdwinNL 10.03.2019 15:57

Re: Melbourne Airport baggage control
 
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Originally Posted by omtatsat (Post 3049765)
Anybody been through Melbourne airport lately? Do they check through the baggage of all arriving passengers from overseas in the Melbourne airport? Or is it random?

That would be 24/7 when assuming two objects per passenger (bag and suitcase) and knowing that there's about 10 Million overseas passengers an average of 2290 controls an hour. Now lets assume each check is two minutes and that workers work 80% of their time, than they would need an average of 96 people doing these checks. Which you can easily triple due to much more people flying in daytime instead of the night and being able to handle the more busy hours.

Now let me ask you a question, do you think there are 288 people working there when you arrive who do nothing else than constantly opening bags and check luggage? Or would you think it is much more realistic if they have a much smaller crew who use their experience to pick people they want to check?

3Wishes 10.03.2019 16:26

Re: Melbourne Airport baggage control
 
I get where you're coming from, Edwin, but our experience in a different Aussie airport was that the authorities x-rayed and/or opened every piece of luggage from nearly every passenger that arrived on the flights that came in at same time ours did. There was quite a queue, and the inspectors took their time. Maybe they were looking for something specific, I don't know. It was the most thorough check we've had anywhere, and we travel often.

omtatsat 10.03.2019 16:46

Re: Melbourne Airport baggage control
 
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Originally Posted by 3Wishes (Post 3049797)
I get where you're coming from, Edwin, but our experience in a different Aussie airport was that the authorities x-rayed and/or opened every piece of luggage from nearly every passenger that arrived on the flights that came in at same time ours did. There was quite a queue, and the inspectors took their time. Maybe they were looking for something specific, I don't know. It was the most thorough check we've had anywhere, and we travel often.

On the German TV channels they sometimes have shows from customs clearance in Melbourne airport. It almost looks like everybody is getting checked. But probably not. Probably depends from where one is coming. ( or maybe the skin colour):D

jacek 10.03.2019 16:51

Re: Melbourne Airport baggage control
 
It depends on whether individual looks suspicious like an EF’s convict or genuine omtatsat.

k_and_e 10.03.2019 17:15

Re: Melbourne Airport baggage control
 
Slightly off-topic question: do you travel on a one-way ticket?

Today only 10.03.2019 17:17

Re: Melbourne Airport baggage control
 
You going home ?

omtatsat 10.03.2019 17:45

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Originally Posted by Today only (Post 3049822)
You going home ?

Sorry no:D Just that I had a few run-ins with these Melbourne airport customs back in the 70's so i was wondering if things might have changed. Obviously not. Still a penal colony

22 yards 10.03.2019 18:17

Re: Melbourne Airport baggage control
 
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Originally Posted by 3Wishes (Post 3049797)
I get where you're coming from, Edwin, but our experience in a different Aussie airport was that the authorities x-rayed and/or opened every piece of luggage from nearly every passenger that arrived on the flights that came in at same time ours did. There was quite a queue, and the inspectors took their time. Maybe they were looking for something specific, I don't know. It was the most thorough check we've had anywhere, and we travel often.

You beat me to it, 3W.

All baggage is X-rayed upon arrival (with the owners present). Some bags are then opened and checked. In addition, sniffer dogs are run up and down the baggage carousels.

The checks don't actually cause that much of a delay, unless you're a drug smuggler or flouting Australia's biosecurity laws, which are there for an excellent reason.

omtatsat 10.03.2019 18:23

Re: Melbourne Airport baggage control
 
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Originally Posted by 22 yards (Post 3049833)
You beat me to it, 3W.

All baggage is X-rayed upon arrival (with the owners present). Some bags are then opened and checked. In addition, sniffer dogs are run up and down the baggage carousels.

The checks don't actually cause that much of a delay, unless you're a drug smuggler or flouting Australia's biosecurity laws, which are there for an excellent reason.

When entering Switzerland from foreign countries there is practically no control. They have a sign up that if you have something to declare then one goes in another channel. But a control like these Australian feds do is unknown.

3Wishes 10.03.2019 18:24

Re: Melbourne Airport baggage control
 
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Originally Posted by 22 yards (Post 3049833)
...The checks don't actually cause that much of a delay, unless you're a drug smuggler or flouting Australia's biosecurity laws, which are there for an excellent reason.

Or unless you pack like I do, which is like an elaborate tetris event where things are folded and stacked so they fit perfectly. Then the inspector takes it all out on the table piece by piece and messes up the order and wishes you the best of luck putting it back in the bag. :D

omtatsat 10.03.2019 18:26

Re: Melbourne Airport baggage control
 
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Originally Posted by 3Wishes (Post 3049836)
Or unless you pack like I do, which is like an elaborate tetris event where things are folded and stacked so they fit perfectly. Then the inspector takes it all out on the table piece by piece and messes up the order and wishes you the best of luck putting it back in the bag. :D

I usually soak a few pairs of underpants with urine. Puts them off a bit!

AdrianZ 10.03.2019 20:27

Re: Melbourne Airport baggage control
 
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Originally Posted by omtatsat (Post 3049827)
Sorry no:D Just that I had a few run-ins with these Melbourne airport customs back in the 70's

Sounds intriguing... Both passport control and customs seemed reasonably efficient when I travelled earlier this year. Maybe ten minutes wait at each, max. You may need an online e-visa (not sure that was around in the '70s :-) And be thorough on making sure you don't take any prohibited foods in... easily done by mistake :spam2:

mafoo 10.03.2019 20:38

Re: Melbourne Airport baggage control
 
I’ve been through MEL two or three times a year for the last three years and I don’t think my luggage has been xray’d once. Either way it’s always very efficient :)

EdwinNL 10.03.2019 21:14

Re: Melbourne Airport baggage control
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by 3Wishes (Post 3049797)
I get where you're coming from, Edwin, but our experience in a different Aussie airport was that the authorities x-rayed and/or opened every piece of luggage from nearly every passenger that arrived on the flights that came in at same time ours did. There was quite a queue, and the inspectors took their time. Maybe they were looking for something specific, I don't know. It was the most thorough check we've had anywhere, and we travel often.

Some flights are considered high profile due to where they come from, you might have arrived around the same time as one of those.

I know from Schiphol that arrivals from the Antilles and Surinam were considered as having extra high risk on drugs transports and for a long time those have been checked 100% (don't know today's status since I don't live there anymore)

Island Monkey 10.03.2019 21:31

Re: Melbourne Airport baggage control
 
When we arrived in Melbourne in 2017, we just picked our bags up off the carousel and walked out. Whether there were any checks between the plane and the carousel I wouldn't know.

bowlie 10.03.2019 21:44

Re: Melbourne Airport baggage control
 
It would help to know where you are going (and the airlines involved). If you are intransit directly to another country, Fiji or New Zealand or ..., then it is almost certain your bag will be checked through to your connecting flight.

If your connection is to another Australian city, it is almost certain that you will have to collect your baggage, at this first point of entry, and clear it through customs.

Some airlines do not ‘interline’ and not all airlines have interline agreements with all other airlines. Depending on the circumstances you may have to re-checkin with the connecting airline.

VFR on top 10.03.2019 22:13

Re: Melbourne Airport baggage control
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by omtatsat (Post 3049765)
Anybody been through Melbourne airport lately? Do they check through the baggage of all arriving passengers from overseas in the Melbourne airport? Or is it random?

What are you trying to smuggle in?

Euphrasia 11.03.2019 10:54

Re: Melbourne Airport baggage control
 
They do random checks, it isn't every person/piece of baggage.

Honestly, from what I have witnessed, they use racial profiling. Dogs are there often enough to make a point and they x ray randomly


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