The safety and security of our customers is our top priority. Security is an extremely important part of air travel and making sure you know what you can and can’t take on board is one of our biggest responsibilities.

By helping you to understand security requirements, whether you are travelling within Australia or overseas, a little knowledge and preparation can make your time at the airport more enjoyable and much less stressful. We have developed these guidelines so you can get the most out of your time at the airport and get through security quickly with no hassle. If you’ve any extra questions, please look at our FAQs.

If you would like to know more about why different screening processes are in place across Australian airports click here.

Domestic Passengers

You need to be screened if you are travelling on a flight within Australia or entering the sterile area (the secure part of the terminal building) to accompany or meet a passenger. Personal effects are x-rayed and people entering the sterile area pass through a walk-through metal detector. This is supplemented by random checks for explosives. At Adelaide Airport, the screening process is managed by an AAL authorised security provider. If you are travelling within Australia, no further security checks are required.

International Passengers

If you are travelling overseas, you will also need to pass through our international outbound screening point, also located on Level 2 of the Terminal within the sterile area. This involves additional security checks to comply with international regulations. At this point, there are additional requirements, with random body scanning and screening of powders, liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs). Click here to see current regulations for passengers travelling internationally from Australia. This check takes place directly before passing through Australian Immigration checks for departing passengers.

Getting Through Security Quickly

By following these simple tips, passing through security can be made even easier:

• Take laptops, tablets and any large electrical items out of bags and place on a tray.

• If wearing a bulky over garment (coat, parka or bulky jacket) please remove and place on the x-ray observation equipment conveyor belt.

• Put small personal effects into your hand baggage if you have it; this will save time at the screening point and minimise the chance of leaving anything behind.

• Trays are provided for larger items such as handbags, shoes and laptops.

• Some shoes contain metal and may need screening (e.g. steel cap boots).+

Information for Passengers with Special Assistance

The comfort of our customers is very important to us.  We are continuously reviewing our processes and procedures to ensure travellers with special needs can pass through the airport with the minimum amount of hassle and fuss.

Medical Implants & Artificial Limbs/Prostheses

Please advise the Aviation Protection Officer and request separate screening to avoid passing through any machines that may affect pacemakers, cochlear implants or other devices.

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 during this process.


Staff members are very familiar with the movement of passengers using wheelchairs. A physical search by an Aviation Protection Officer of the same sex will be provided.

Travelling with Children

Prams and strollers will be screened and allowed entry past the security screening point. Infants and toddlers should be removed from the pram/stroller for the search.  Where possible, check with your airline regarding their own rules for carriage of prams or strollers on board the aircraft.


Jokes & Comments

Any inappropriate comments or actions regarding the carriage of weapons or explosive devices will be taken seriously and will be reported to the Australian Federal Police in the first instance. Prosecution or the refusal of carriage may result.

Reporting Suspicious Behaviour

If you see notice any suspicious behaviour or suspicious luggage unattended please report directly to the Australian Federal Police by calling 131 237.