Screening processes

Get to know our security screening processes so you can move through the checks and onto your flight with ease.

Keeping travellers, visitors and our airport community safe and secure is a top priority for us. The security measures we put in place reflect the strict regulations specified by the Australian Government to keep air travel safe.

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 and can pose a significant risk to health and safety when transported by air. Such items will be removed by security staff when detected.

  • Tip: 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.
  • Resources: Can you bring it on a plane? and Dangerous Goods
Body Scanners

All domestic and international passengers are required to undergo body scan screening at Darwin International Airport, in line with Australian Federal Government regulations.

  • Tip: If you have a medical or physical condition that prevents you from being scanned by a body scanner, please advise the security screening officer
  • Resource: Passenger screening

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. 

Baggage must never be left unattended in public areas. All such baggage will be treated as suspicious. 

  • Tip: Ensure that you pack your own bags and never take items on board an aircraft for other people. 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.
  • Resource: Items you cannot take on plane

To clear the Department of Immigration and Border Protection checkpoint you must:

  1. Complete and submit an incoming passenger card
  2. Complete and submit a travel history card
  3. Present a passport and visa (if applicable)


Filming and photography

Cameras may be carried within the terminal, however photos or footage of security screening equipment, security staff, Australian customs processing staff or processes, airline staff and logos must not be taken at any time.

Apply to film in the terminal - Filming and Photography on Airports Application Form

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.