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Clearing security

The safety and security of all of our passengers, visitors and staff is our first priority. In compliance with the Australian Government's aviation security regulations, all departing passengers must pass through security screening. This screening process is designed to ensure prohibited items and weapons are not taken into the the airside area or on board an aircraft.

Remember, while some security measures can seem like an inconvenience, they are in place to protect everyone. Please cooperate with the requests and directions of screening officers, airport and airline officials. This short video will help you better understand the screening process.

Airport body scanners

Body scanners represent the most advanced passenger screening technology available and are capable of detecting a range of sophisticated threats beyond those detected by conventional screening technologies. They provide an additional layer of security to make sure prohibited items are not worn or carried into secured areas. Visit the Travelsecure website for information about body scanners.

Explosive Trace Detection (ETD)

Aviation Security Officers may test you and your baggage for traces of explosives. Officers must carry out ETD tests on a random and continuous basis to meet regulatory requirements. If you're selected for a random ETD test, and you decline to undergo testing, you will not be permitted past the security screening point to board your aircraft. Visit the Australian Government’s TravelSecure website for further information about ETD screening.

Carry-on baggage screening

Baggage screening is an important measure to improve your security when flying to and from Australia. If you refuse to allow the security screening officer to screen your carry-on bags, you will not be permitted to pass through the security point to board your aircraft. Visit the baggage screening page of the Australian Government’s TravelSECURE website.

Travelling with laptops and tablets

Laptops and tablets must be taken out of their bag and placed in the tray provided when going through the security screening point. This will ensure screening officers have an unobstructed view as they move through the screening equipment. For more information visit the security screening process page of the TravelSECURE website.

Travelling with medicines

We recognise there may be occasions when you need to travel with medicines or medical equipment. Exemptions can be made in these cases to ensure you have a safe and comfortable journey. For information about travelling with medicines visit the Travellers with specific needs page of the TravelSECURE website.

Travelling with sports equipment

To avoid risk of injury to you and your fellow passengers, some sporting equipment is prohibited from your carry-on bags. These items must be packed in your checked baggage. Visit the baggage page of the TravelSECURE website.

Jokes or comments about bombs and harming people

The Australian Government and the aviation industry take security seriously. We ask that you do too. Jokes about bomb threats, attacking passengers and crew, and taking replica weapons onboard are a criminal offence punishable by law. Such jokes cause disruption and distress to your fellow passengers and involve costs to airports and police, for which you may be responsible.

Travellers requiring special assistance

If you require special assistance when travelling through the airport, look out for our dedicated special assistance lanes at T1 and T2. These lanes are staffed by security officers specifically trained to assist you and help make the security screening process smoother.

Travelling with children

All travellers, including children, must pass through the security screening point. Children can be carried by an adult if they cannot walk on their own. 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're unsure, check with your airline before you travel. For more information about travelling with children visit the Travellers with specific needs page of the TravelSecure website.