Screening processes

Get to know our security screening processes so you can move through the checks and onto your flight with ease.

Keeping travellers, visitors and our airport community safe and secure is a top priority for us. The security measures we put in place reflect the strict regulations specified by the Australian Government to keep air travel safe.

Dangerous Goods 

Please ensure you do not carry any flammable liquids, gases or other dangerous goods with you or in your luggage. These items are not allowed on aircraft and can pose a significant risk to health and safety when transported by air. Such items will be removed by security staff when detected.

  • Tip: There are rules for taking liquids, aerosols and gels on flights in and out of Australia. These rules also apply to passengers arriving on international flights who are transiting in Australia, and passengers travelling on the domestic leg of an international flight within Australia.
  • Resources: Can you bring it on a plane? and Dangerous Goods
National Security Hotline
Every piece of information that is received from members of the public today could be invaluable in keeping Australia safe from terrorism tomorrow. It is often the smallest details that make the biggest difference.
If you see or hear something that just doesn’t feel right, please call the National Security Hotline on: 1800 1234 00 or visit National Security website.

Bladed implements such as knives and tools are prohibited in hand luggage. These items should instead be packed in your checked luggage for air travel. 

Baggage must never be left unattended in public areas. All such baggage will be treated as suspicious. 

  • Tip: Ensure that you pack your own bags and never take items on board an aircraft for other people. All belongings should be clearly tagged with your contact details and your destination displayed on the outside. Airlines supply luggage tags for this purpose and are available at the check-in counters.
  • Resource: Items you cannot take on a plane
Passenger Drop-off
Australian Government security requirements dictate that vehicles dropping off passengers at the front of the terminal must be attended at all times. The driver of the vehicle must remain with their vehicle and may only remain in the drop-off area whilst actively loading or unloading.
Any vehicle left unattended will be subject to an immediate fine and may be towed away.
Patrons and visitors to Alice Springs Airport are encouraged to use the car parking options available to them at the airport if they wish to enter the terminal to greet or farewell passengers. The car park has a 10 minute free period if you wish to take advantage of this option.
Filming and photography

Cameras may be carried within the terminal, however photos or footage of security screening equipment, security staff, Australian customs processing staff or processes, airline staff and logos must not be taken at any time.

Apply to film in the terminal - Filming and Photography on Airports Application Form

Closed Circuit Television Monitoring (CCTV)

Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) operates at Alice Springs Airport as part of an ongoing Aviation Security initiative, targeting crime and aviation security related issues.

Security Related Threats

Passengers and airport visitors are warned that all threats and comments made about the carrying of weapons or explosives - whether intended as a joke or not - will be taken seriously and may result in refusal of carriage onto the flight and prosecution by the Australian Federal Police.

SmartTraveller and Travel Warnings

Visit the Australian Government's travel advisory (including travel warnings and travel tips) and consular assistance service.

The Australian Government has developed a new traveller-friendly website, TravelSECURE, to help you to navigate the security checks at the airport quickly and easily, and to ensure you are adequately prepared for your trip.

TravelSECURE is an easy-to-use resource that consolidates traveller and transport security information, videos and fact sheets in one easy-to-find place.
The site includes information about prohibited items, passenger and baggage screening, and liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) restrictions. Travellers will also find recommendations about travelling with children, laptops, medicines and sports equipment.