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This page contains a list of security tips for air travellers in Australia that can be included in your passengers printed e-tickets and itinerary information.

This information can be printed and distributed to your clients:

Important Security Tips for Air Travellers in Australia

  1. Take airport and aircraft security seriously and give yourself time to clear airport screening processes.
  2. Cooperate with the requests and directions of screening officers and airport and airline officials.
  3. Tell screening officers if you have any medical conditions, such as a pacemaker that might be affected by the screening process.
  4. Carry a medical certificate or letter from your doctor if you need to carry hypodermic needles or prescription medications.
  5. Place any small, valuable items you may be carrying in your carry-on luggage before you get to the screening point.
  6. If you are departing from an international terminal, place the plastic, resealable bag containing your liquid, aerosol and gel products onto the screening conveyor belt.
  7. Be ready to take your laptop out of its case and place it onto the screening conveyor belt.
  8. Security screening officers may ask to screen your wheelchair, pram, or other mobility device.
  9. Check with your airline beforehand if you are unsure whether an item will be permitted onboard. Either leave prohibited items at home or pack them in your checked baggage (if permitted).
  10. If you are departing from a domestic terminal and a prohibited item is detected at the screening point, you may be able to make other arrangements, like leaving it with a family member. However, if you are departing from an international terminal, you will need to surrender the prohibited item at the security screening point.

If you see anything at an airport that concerns you about security—that might result in harm to an airport, airline, airport worker or a fellow traveller—you should speak to the airline or airport security manager.


  1. Making jokes about bombs or security threats is a criminal offence.
  2. Don't pack sharp objects such as knives, scissors, or corkscrews in your carry-on luggage. You will be required to surrender these prohibited items before boarding the aircraft if you are unable to make other arrangements or if you are at a security screening point in an international terminal.
  3. Cooperate with all parts of the security screening process, including explosives trace detection (ETD) screening or frisk (pat down) searches if requested by a screening officer.
  4. Don't leave your luggage unattended—ever.
  5. Don't behave in an aggressive or threatening manner at the security screening point.

Screening is one part of the process of ensuring your flight is secure. For more information about transport security measures in Australia visit: travelsecure.infrastructure.gov.au

This information is intended for general information only and is not intended to be read or used as a substitute for legal advice.


Last Updated: 20 October, 2015