Security

Safety and security around the Newcastle Airport precinct is of the highest priority.

Newcastle Airport works closely with all government regulators relating to aviation safety and security.

Passenger screening is performed to government and regulation standards using x-ray machines, walk-through metal detectors and hand-held detectors, body scanners and explosive trace detection systems.

Newcastle Airport has an extensive network of closed circuit television cameras which operate 24-hours a day.

Passenger Screening Point
 

Under Australian Federal law all passengers departing from Newcastle Airport are subject to aviation security screening. Newcastle Airport uses x-rays, body scanners, metal detectors and explosive trace detection (ETD) equipment to detect items specified in the Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2005. 

Items NOT permitted on board an aircraft must be surrendered at the passenger screening point.
You can read the full list of prohibited items on the TravelSECURE Website.

Prohibited items include but are not limited to:

 
  • Blunt objects capable of bludgeoning or threatening to bludgeon a person (Cricket bat, snooker cue, fishing rods longer than 48cm (either collapsed or in their entirety))
  • Sharp items (knife, scissors, waiters friend, screwdriver)
  • Dangerous goods (aerosols with no lid, fireworks, flammable items, poisons)
  • Items capable of restraining a person (fishing line, cable ties over 4cm, duct tape, rope)
  • Weapons (firearms, explosives)
 

This list is not exhaustive. Security screening staff assess items based on current security regulations and risks associated with each individual item. Newcastle Airport receives large amounts of surrendered items on a daily basis, as such these items cannot be returned.

Passengers with special needs
 

Passengers with special needs comfortably pass through the Airport daily, however preparation is required prior to entering the passenger screening point. Some examples of passengers with special needs are listed below; passengers with special needs may request private screening.

 
  • Medical Implants
    Passengers are to advised the screening officer of their condition to avoid passing through any machines that may affect them e.g. pacemakers, cochlear implants.
  • Artificial Limbs/Prosthesis
    Passengers are to advise the screening officer of their condition.
  • Walking aids
    Walking aids must be screened; Newcastle Airport provides chairs and walking aids for you during this process.
  • Wheel chairs
    Passengers with wheelchairs will be required to undergo screening by way of pat down search by a security officer of the same sex. Please advise security officers of your requirements when you arrive at the screening point.

 

Body Scanners
 

In October 2019 Newcastle Airport upgraded its security screening equipment, including the introduction of full body scanners at the domestic screening point.

Alternative screening will be provided for those passengers who are medically or physically unable to undergo a body scan.

All body scanners in Australia use non-ionising millimetre-wave technology. This means they do not emit ionising radiation like that of x-rays. The low intensity waves and short duration of the scan means you are exposed to less energy than other common everyday devices such as mobile phones. The millimetre-waves are reflected off the surface of the skin and do not penetrate the body. There are no known health risks from undergoing a scan so travellers who have a medical condition or are pregnant should not be concerned.

Privacy is something we take seriously at Newcastle Airport. When screened, your privacy is protected as the body scanners display a generic stick figure with no identifying features. No individual scans or personal information can be stored or transmitted.

International Screening
 

 

Security measures are in place that limit the quantity of liquids, aerosols, gels and now, certain powders that you can bring onboard international flights only. These restrictions do not apply to your checked-in baggage.

Domestic flights within Australia are not subject to restrictions on how much powder, liquids, aerosols and gels you can carry onboard, however all aerosol containers must have a fitted cap, or locking device and be presented at belongings screening.

All persons entering the departure lounge (domestic and international travellers) are screened via the main passenger screening point. International travellers depart via gate 5 where they are processed by Border Force and screened for Powers, Liquids, Aerosols and Gels separate from domestic passengers.

Common items classified as powders, liquids, aerosols and gels:

  • Powder – fine dry particles or clumpy, grain or compressed material like flour, ground coffee, spices, powder make-up and powdered milk.
  • Liquid – flowing substances like wine, bottled water, shampoo, foundation make-up and other cosmetics.
  • Aerosol – items kept in an under-pressure container like deodorants, sunscreen sprays and other sprays.
  • Gel – jelly-like substances like vegemite, honey and toothpaste.
Key facts about powder liquid, aerosol and gel items for international flights:

  • Passengers are only able to take liquids, aerosols and gels in containers up to 100ml or 100g in size in carry-on baggage.
  • Liquid, aerosol and gel items must be stored in a resealable transparent plastic bag that measures approximately 20cm x 20cm.
  • These restrictions affect items such as drinks, creams, perfumes, sprays, gels, toothpaste and other similar substances in hand luggage.
  • For inorganic powders such as salt, talcum powder and sand a limit of 350ml or 350g per passenger applies.

  • There is no limit on organic powders made from living matter such as food and baby formula though these items must all be presented at the screening point. Powders do not need to be placed in a clear plastic bag.
  • Exceptions apply to baby products, medical (prescription and non-prescription) items and dietary requirements. Exempt items do not have to be carried in the clear, resealable plastic bag, but will still need to be security screened. Find more information here.
For more information on powder, liquid, aerosol and gel item restrictions and exemptions, visit the Department of Home Affairs TravelSECURE Website.

 

 
Dangerous Goods
 

A wide range of articles and substances such as pesticides, petrol, acids, aerosols and bleaches are considered dangerous goods. These items are not allowed on aircraft as they are capable of posing significant risk to health and safety when transported by air. Further information on dangerous goods can be found at www.casa.gov.au

 
Checked bag screening
 

Checked bag screening (CBS) is an important aviation security measure that examines passengers’ luggage to ensure that explosives are not taken on-board aircraft. CBS operates by using a number of methods including:

 
  • X-ray examination
  • Physical search
  • Testing for chemical residues using explosive trace detection equipment
 
Jokes and comments are taken seriously
 

Any comment made, even if in jest, regarding the possession or knowledge of possession of a weapon or explosive device will be taken seriously and may result in prosecution and/or refusal by the airline to carry you as a passenger.

 
Unattended items are treated as suspicious
 

Baggage and personal items should, under no circumstances, be left unattended. Any unattended item at the Airport will be treated as a suspicious item. Please ensure that all baggage has your name and home address details on the inside and your name and destination displayed on the outside. Airlines provide luggage tags for this purpose at the check-in counters.

 
Passenger drop-off and pick-up details
 

Newcastle Airport has provision for the drop-off of passengers at the departures end of the terminal. Due to Government security requirements, your car must not be left unattended at anytime. No pick-up is available in front of the terminal. If you are fare-welling passengers, please park in the car park. Failure to comply with security requirements may result in a fine of up to $5,500.

Any unattended vehicle may incur an infringement notice and be towed. If you are asked to move your vehicle by a traffic officer, please do so as this means you have either parked illegally or have exceeded the set-down time limit.

 
Filming and photography guidelines
 

Passengers and visitors may take cameras into the departures lounge; however photos may not be taken of check-in counters and staff or security procedures and staff.

For any other filming or photography on Newcastle Airport, please contact Aviation Business Development on 02 4928 9800

 
Terminal evacuation procedure
 

In the event of an evacuation from the terminal building, you will be notified by the sounding of an alarm. When notified to evacuate make your way to the nearest exit and proceed to the evacuation point at the Public Bus stop (exit and continue left from either Arrivals or Departures doors). Please follow any directions given by fire wardens (identified by red or yellow caps/helmets) and uniformed staff.

When it is safe to re-enter the building, Airport security and airline staff will be given priority, followed by other Airport staff and passengers. This ensures that systems are re-activated to process passengers.

In the event of an evacuation, please take all your luggage and possessions with you, unless specifically directed to leave it by wardens.

 
Lockers are not available
 

For security reasons, storage facilities are not available at Newcastle Airport. Newcastle Airport is not permitted to hold items such as car keys, surrendered items or baggage. Passengers are advised to talk to their airline to make alternative arrangements.

 
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