Security and Screening

Airport Safety

At Sunshine Coast Airport, we place the health and well-being of our people – our visitors, staff and partners – first to provide the safest airport experience. We take security very seriously and are committed to working closely with all government regulators relating to aviation safety and security.

Security screening at Sunshine Coast Airport operates in accordance with the Aviation Transport Security Act 2004 and Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2005.

Airport Screening

You will be subject to security screening if you are travelling domestically, internationally or if you are entering the departure lounge to see off or welcome a domestic passenger. 

Security screening involves passing through a metal detector or body scanner and your personal belongings being screened by an x-ray machine.

Security screening officers may test you and your baggage for traces of explosives, using Explosive Trace Detection (ETD) equipment.



You may be required to undertake a secondary, pat-down search. This can be conducted in a private room, at your request.

If you are concerned about any aspect of the screening process, or you are unable to pass through the metal detector for any reason, please speak to a security screening officer at the screening point.

Airport Security

We take security very seriously and the safety of the airport precinct is of the highest priority. We are committed to working closely with all government regulators relating to aviation safety and security.

Liquids, aerosols and gels

All Flights within Australia are not subject to restrictions on how much powder, liquid, aerosols and gels you can carry onboard. All aerosol containers must have a fitted cap or locking device.

Filming and photography

Passengers and visitors may take cameras into the Departures lounge. However, photos must not be taken of check-in counters, check-in staff, security procedures or security staff.

Meet and greet

All airport visitors are welcome to proceed through security screening to greet an arriving or departing domestic passenger in the departure lounges, however you will be subject to normal security screening procedures. Visitors are free to enjoy all the amenities available in the public departure lounge but will not be able to continue past the boarding gate.

CCTV monitoring

Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) operates at Sunshine Coast 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.

Travellers with specific needs

All passengers and carry-on bags must be checked-in and screened prior to boarding to ensure the safety and security of passengers and staff. 
Sunshine Coast Airport recognises some passengers will have specific needs while passing through security screening points. Please see the helpful information on the Travel Secure website.

Unattended items

Luggage and personal items should, under no circumstances, be left unattended.

Liquids, aerosols and gels

Australia restricts the quantity of liquids, aerosols, gels and certain powders you can carry onboard international flights only. These restrictions do not apply to your checked-in baggage.

Filming and photography

Passengers and visitors may take cameras into the Departures lounge. However, photos must not be taken of check-in counters, check-in staff, security procedures or security staff.

Meet and greet

All airport visitors are welcome to proceed through security screening to greet an arriving or departing domestic passenger in the departure lounges, however you will be subject to normal security screening procedures. Visitors are free to enjoy all the amenities available in the public departure lounge but will not be able to continue past the boarding gate.

CCTV monitoring

Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) operates at Sunshine Coast 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.

Travellers with specific needs

All passengers and carry-on bags must be checked-in and screened prior to boarding to ensure the safety and security of passengers and staff. 
Sunshine Coast Airport recognises some passengers will have specific needs while passing through security screening points. Please see the helpful information on the Travel Secure website.

Unattended items

Luggage and personal items should, under no circumstances, be left unattended.

Where is check-in?

Check-in is located to the North of the Departures Hall. If you need to check-in any luggage, please ensure you do this before proceeding to security screening.

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Where is check-in?
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