Passenger security

Darwin International Airport is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all persons.  We want your business trip or family holiday to be a hassle-free and an enjoyable experience. Security policies and procedures are updated frequently, so please take some time to view the links provided. 

Closed Circuit Television Monitoring (CCTV)

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

CCTV significantly increases the ability to monitor areas of the airport and act on any unlawful activity immediately, increasing the safety of passengers, visitors to the airport and employees.

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 as they are capable of posing a significant risk to health and safety when transported by air. Such items will be removed by security staff when detected.

Further information on dangerous goods can be found using the CASA Dangerous Goods App.

Filming and Photography

Video recorders and cameras may be carried within the terminal by travellers, however photos or footage of security screening equipment, security staff, Australian Customs processing staff or processes must not be taken at any time. 

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Body scanning equipment will be operating in all major Australian airports from December 2012. International and transit passengers at Darwin International Airport will be subject to body scanner screening which will be conducted on a random and continuous basis.

The body scanners are part of an Australian Federal Government initiative to further strengthen aviation security in Australia.

Passengers who are selected to be screened by a body scanner and refuse, will not be able to proceed into the departures lounge and will be unable to board their flight. Passengers will not be permitted to pass through the screening point for a 24 hour period following refusal. Exemptions will be made for passengers with serious medical conditions.

Further information, including health and privacy FAQ's, can be found at

All enquiries should be directed to the Department of Transport and Infrastructure.

Liquids, Aerosols and Gels (International flights only)

To protect you from the threat of liquid explosives, 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.


  • The restrictions on the carriage of liquids, aerosols and gels apply to international flights to and from Australia, and to passengers on the domestic leg of an international flight within Australia.
  • The restrictions limit the quantity of liquids, aerosols and gels passengers may take onboard the aircraft with them, including duty free liquids, aerosols and gels.
  • The restrictions apply to products carried in the cabin of the aircraft by passengers. They do not apply to checked baggage carried in the hold of the aircraft. However, restrictions on dangerous goods still apply.
  • If travelling on an international flight and you have duty free liquid, aerosol or gel items purchased from an off-airport duty free shop in a sealed bag and accompanied by a receipt provided at time of purchase, it is recommended that you place the items in the baggage you intend to check-in and have the docket ready for inspection once you have moved through the screening point. Alternatively you can present the items at the screening point to undergo security screening. If the security process clears the items, you will be able to take them on your flight. If the screening process does not clear the items, you will be asked to surrender them.
  • Certain exemptions apply for medicines, medical products, medical devices, and baby products that you may need during the flight. Details of these exemptions are covered in the exemptions part of this site.

Passengers travelling on international flights from Australia need to be aware of the quantity limits for liquids, aerosols and gels that can be taken through a security screening point at the airport.

  • LBag containing liquidsiquid, aerosol or gel products must be in containers of 100 millilitres/grams or less.
  • The containers must be carried in one transparent, resealable plastic bag, like the one in the image below.
  • The four sides of the bag's sealed area must add up to no more than 80 centimetres (e.g. 20x20 cm or 15x25 cm).
  • The plastic bag must be the type that can be sealed and resealed with a sealing mechanism, like a sandwich bag or freezer bag.
  • Only one bag is allowed for each passenger, with exceptions for carers who may carry the bag/s of the people in their care, including children.
  • All containers must fit comfortably into the plastic bag and the bag must be sealed.

For more information visit the TravelSecure website or download the Liquids, Aerosols or Gels brochure. 

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

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 for a maximum of two minutes.

Any vehicle left unattended will be subject to an immediate fine and may be towed away.

Patrons and visitors to Darwin International Airport are encouraged to use the car parking options available to them at the airport if they wish to enter the terminals to greet or farewell passengers.  The car park has a 15 minute free period if you wish to take advantage of this option.

Prohibited Items in hand luggage

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. For an up to date list of prohibited items please follow the link below:

If these items are not surrendered at the screening points the passenger is in breach of Australian Government regulations and the airline will not allow the passenger to travel. Please ensure no items are in your hand luggage before reaching the screening point otherwise detection of these items at screening points will require you to surrender these.

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.

Smartraveller and Travel Warnings

Click here to visit the Australian Government's travel advisory (including travel warnings and travel tips) and consular assistance service. 

Travel safe. TravelSECURE

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.

Unattended Baggage

Baggage must never be left unattended in public areas. All such baggage will be treated as suspicious.  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.  Ensure that you pack your own bags and never take items on board an aircraft for other people.