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Guidelines for News Crews

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Filming at Check-in Counters and Security Screening

Sydney Airport is responsible for the operation of the T1 (International) and T2 (Domestic – used by airlines including Jetstar, Virgin Australia, Tiger Airways, Regional Express and other regional airlines) terminals. 

Sydney Airport has a close, daily working relationship with Sydney’s key media. As we have done in the past, Sydney Airport will continue to make every effort to assist media in obtaining footage for news and current affairs programming. As part of this effort, a limited number of car spaces (marked with an ‘M’ for Media Parking) are provided for camera crews. These are located on the Departures ramp at the International Terminal (T1) and on the Departures ramp at the western end of the Domestic Terminal (T2). These parking spaces are not to be used for overnight parking and should not be used to drop-off or collect passengers.   

Sydney Airport has received complaints about news crews filming passengers and airline staff without obtaining their consent to being filmed. This has proved to be a particular issue at check-in counters and security screening points where passengers and staff can not move away from the cameras. Some staff and passengers do not feel comfortable with being filmed - even when they are in the background. 

Given these concerns, news crews should note the following guidelines when visiting the airport: 

  • Sydney Airport requires prior notice of any camera crew accessing airport facilities. While we understand that breaking news does not always allow for a great deal of warning, we still require as much notice as possible. This should be done by calling 9667 6470 or 9667 6187 or 0437 033 479
  • Any requests for filming of check-in counters and airline staff should in the first instance be made to the relevant airline. If the airline’s consent is not obtained, permission from Sydney Airport to film will not be granted. 
  • Do not film security staff or people dealing with security equipment.


These guidelines apply when filming in the T1 (International) and T2 (Virgin Australia, Jetstar & regionals) terminals. Please contact Qantas regarding any filming in T3 (Qantas domestic terminal).