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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?
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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?
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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.
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Old 10.03.2019, 15:46
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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)
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Re: Melbourne Airport baggage control

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Re: Melbourne Airport baggage control

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

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Sorry no 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
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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.
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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.
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...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.
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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.
I usually soak a few pairs of underpants with urine. Puts them off a bit!
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Sorry no 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
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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
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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)
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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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