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The latest videos outlining the screening process, for domestic and international travel, can be found here on the Australian Government Department of Infrastructure and Transport's website.


Prepare for Body Scan


Body scanning equipment is being introduced at Brisbane Airport in line with an Australian Government directive to improve security screening at Australia’s major airports. Screening is random. If you are selected for screening you will be asked to remove outer layers of clothing and all items from pockets ahead of this screening process. For more information visit


All Passengers

Australian Government regulations specify that everyone, including passengers, aircrew and airport workers, must go through a security screening point at the Domestic and International Terminals before boarding a flight or moving into secure areas with terminals. Our security staff thanks you for your patience and understanding as they complete this vital security task.


When going through screening points passengers are responsible for keeping track of their own possessions. We suggest that valuables, such as wallet, passport, jewellery and camera, are placed in your bag prior to arriving at the screening point.


If walk-through detector alarms are activated during screening passengers will be subject to further screening before being cleared for travel. This may include the removal of various outer garments, including headwear or footwear, which can have a metal brace in the instep that activates alarms. Should alarms continue to sound passengers may be asked to undergo a physical search.

BAC recognises that for religious or other personal reasons, passengers may not wish to undergo these screening processes in public. Therefore, at ay time a passenger can request that this further screening be undertaken in a private room.


Explosive Trace Detection machines and dogs are in use at Brisbane Airport. Passengers and baggage may be tested at check-ins or screening points at any time.


Brisbane Airport’s focus is to provide efficient screening processes that show respect for all passengers, while at the same time assuring the highest level of security standards are maintained.


Passengers with special needs

Passengers with special needs are advised to make preparations prior to commencing the security and screening process. Below are some examples that may prove helpful in this preparation. Passengers with special needs may request private screening. However, this may take more time and should be factored into planning ahead of a flight.


  1. Medical Implants. Passengers are to advise the screening officer of their condition and request separate screening to avoid passing through any machines that may affect implants e.g. pacemakers, cochlear implants.
  2. Artificial Limbs/Prosthesis. Passengers are to advise the screening officer of their condition and request separate screening to avoid passing through a metal detector.
  3. Walking aids. Walking aids must be screened and as such may require X-Ray or Explosive Trace Detection. Screening points have chairs and walking aids available for you during this process.
  4. Wheel Chairs. Airline staff are very familiar with the movement of passengers requiring wheel chairs and will facilitate passengers directly to the screening point where they will be required to undergo screening by way of a pat down search by a security officer of the same sex.
Baggage / Hand Luggage
  1. All checked-in baggage is security screened at Brisbane Airport.
  2. Contact should be made with the airline you are flying with to discuss the carriage of Dangerous Goods.
  3. All laptop computers must be removed from hand luggage, placed in a tray and X-rayed separately. Please do this at the preparation tables before approaching the X-ray machine.
  4. X-ray machines will not damage ordinary photographic film, cameras or electronic items. Some high speed (over 1000 ASA), ultra violet and X-ray film can be affected. Ask the screening officer if you are unsure.
Liquids, Aerosols and Gels (LAGs)

Security measures are in place that relate to any LAGs you may wish to carry overseas. Further information on LAGs can be found on this website or visit for further information relating to medical needs and infant requirements. Brisbane Airport employs customer service and security staff on Level 4 of the International Terminal to provide advice and plastic bags to assist with the preparation of LAGs for screening.

Prohibited Items

Items such as knives (including Swiss Army knives and multi-tools), pointed metal scissors, razor blades (excluding disposable razors and multi razor blades), tools and many other items are prohibited in carry on luggage. If in doubt, please ask your airline or pack the items in your checked-in baggage. For more information visit


You will be asked to surrender any prohibited item detected during the screening process. Surrendered items will not be onforwarded to you or held for your return. If items are not surrendered at the screening point you will be in breach of Australian Government regulations and will be refused entry to the Departures hall and your flight.

Dangerous Goods

A wide range of articles and substances such as pesticides, petrol, acids, aerosols and bleaches are considered dangerous goods. These items are not allowed on aircraft due to health and safety risks. Further information on dangerous goods can be found at

Cultural and Religious Requirements

Some passengers wear items relating to their cultural and religious beliefs and this is acknowledged by Brisbane Airport. However, some items do interfere with the operation of security equipment or are prohibited through normal security screening procedures.


Weapons and knives, which may be linked to a person’s cultural or religious beliefs, are not exempt from screening under Australian Government Aviation Security regulations. These items should be packed in checked baggage or separate arrangements made with the airline.


Some items of clothing cannot be screened by the machinery and will require hand search.


Passengers with a bona fide medical condition may carry a medical kit containing appropriate medical equipment. These passengers should carry evidence, such as a doctor's certificate, to substantiate their condition and also obtain airline approval prior to travel. For more information visit

Screening Equipment

Not all screening equipment is the same. While screening equipment is tested daily, equipment responses can be affected by different climatic conditions, types of clothing, density of material and different shapes and sizes of passengers. These factors may result in a difference in response from one machine to another.



Some Australian and New Zealand ePassport holders now have the option to self-process through passport control using SmartGate. SmartGate is a simple, two-step process that performs the customs and immigration checks usually conducted by a Customs and Border Protection Officer. It offers travellers flying into Brisbane another safe, efficient way to clear through passport control. To use SmartGate, travellers must also be aged 18 years or over and have completed their Incoming Passenger Card. For more information visit SmartGate.