Brisbane Airport is progressively upgrading screening equipment in accordance with an Australian Government directive for all major Australian Airports.
These upgrades include;
- The replacement of metal detectors with body scanners
- The upgrade of carry-on baggage x-ray screening equipment
Body scanners are already in use at all Australian International Terminals and are being implemented into Domestic Terminal screening as part of the Government’s Strengthening Aviation Security Initiative, aligning national security screening standards with those of major airports around the world.
From January 2020, when travelling through either of Brisbane Airport’s Terminals, you may be asked to use a body scanner instead of a metal detector when going through the screening process.
It is important that you follow the directions of the screening officers at all times. Refusing a direction to be scanned means you will not be allowed to pass through the security screening point or board your flight.
- If you are using a body scanner you will be asked to remove outer layers of clothing (like jackets and jumpers) and take all items out of your pockets.
- You then stand inside the body scanner, where millimetre-wave technology will detect items worn or carried on the body.
- Be sure to inform screening officers if you have any medical devices, aids or implants before being screened.
- Alternative screening will be provided for those passengers who are medically or physically unable to undergo a body scan.
Body Scanners and your privacy
- Body scanners used in Australia display a generic outline of a person with no identifying features.
- As pictured below, they highlight areas that may need further investigation.
- Body scanners cannot store or transmit any personal or identifying information.
To read more about the screening methods employed by Australian Airports, visit the Department of Home Affairs website here.