Security Screening


The Australian Government’s aviation security regulations govern what you can take through security screening and onboard an aircraft either on your person or in your carry-on baggage. Find out more about what you cannot take onboard your flight.

The government’s aviation security regulations are a key focus of Sydney Airport and we have implemented regulatory security measures to ensure the safety and security of all travellers and visitors to the airport.

Remember, while some security measures can seem an inconvenience, they are are in place to protect everyone. Please cooperate with the requests and directions of screening officers and airport and airline officials.

Passenger security screening for domestic flights

Visit the TravelSecure website for information about passenger security screening for domestic flights.

Passenger security screening for international flights

Visit the TravelSecure website for information about passenger security screening for international flights.

Airport body scanners

Body Scanners At Australian AirportsBody 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. For more information, please 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 are selected for a random ETD test, and you decline to undergo testing, you will not be permitted past the security screening point or to board your aircraft. Visit the Australian Government’s TravelSecure website for further information about ETD screening.

Travellers requiring special assistance

Sydney Airport recognises that some passengers may require special assistance when travelling through the airport.

There are dedicated special assistance lanes at our international and domestic terminals (T1 and T2), staffed by security officers specifically trained to assist you and help make the security screening process smoother.

Visit our Special assistance page for information to help passengers requiring assistance to get through security screening as easily as possible.

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 or to board your aircraft. For further information about the screening process, please visit the baggage screening page of the Australian Government’s TravelSECURE website.

Travelling with laptops and tablets

You may have to take your laptop or tablet out of its bag and place it in the tray provided at the security screening point. Removing your laptop or tablet from your bag will ensure screening officers have an unobstructed view as they move through the screening equipment.

Travelling with sports equipment

Some sporting equipment is prohibited from your carry-on bags because there is a risk it could injure someone. These items may be packed in your checked baggage. For more information about travelling with sports equipment visit the Travelling with sports equipment page of the TravelSECURE website.

Travelling with children

All travellers must pass through the security screening point. This includes children. For more information about travelling with children visit the Special needs page of the TravelSecure website.

Travelling with medicines

There may be occasions when you may need to travel with medicines or medical equipment. There are some exemptions in place for those travelling with medicine or medical equipment. For information about travelling with medicines visit the Special needs page of the TravelSECURE website.

Jokes or comments about bombs and harming people

The Australian Government and the aviation industry take aviation 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.