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


Security at Perth Airport

The Australian Government regulates the security requirements at Australian airports, including at Perth Airport. Being a security controlled airport, every passenger and visitor passing through to secure areas, and their bags, are screened for prohibited items and dangerous goods.

It’s important to know exactly what you can and can’t take through security screening at the airport before you arrive. A little pre-planning can save you a lot of hassle when you arrive and ensure you get through the security screening process as quickly as possible.

Domestic passengers

If you are travelling domestically, or entering the secure area of the domestic terminals to see off or welcome family or friends, you will be subject to security screening. This involves passing through a metal detector 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. Selection is made using an electronic randomiser and no profiling is used in selecting people for testing.

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.

International passengers

International travellers will undergo a very similar screening process to domestic passengers, with a couple of extra checks to comply with international travel regulations. This means you must not exceed the limit for powders, liquids, aerosols and gels (PLAGs). You can check the TravelSecure website for the Australian Government’s latest PLAG requirements.

Security screening officers may test you and your baggage for traces of explosives, using Explosive Trace Detection (ETD) equipment. Persons are selected on a random and continuous basis. No profiling is used in selecting people for testing.

You may also be randomly selected to pass through a body scanner, which provides an additional layer of airport security. The scanner is safe and uses radio frequency energy (similar to mobile phones and wireless network devices), not X-ray technology. To protect the privacy of the travelling public, the scanner displays a generic “stick figure” image with no identifying features. The body scanner cannot store any personal or identifying information about passengers. You can find detailed information about airport body scanners on the TravelSECURE website.


From 30 June 2018, people travelling internationally will notice some changes to how they are screened when departing Australia. 

Passengers will be required to present all powders in their carry-on baggage separately for screening. All international departing flights will have restrictions in place limiting inorganic powders to volumes less than 350ml per passenger in the aircraft cabin. 

Check the TravelSECURE website before you travel.

Meeting and greeting 

Domestic terminals

You’re welcome to proceed through security screening to greet an arriving or departing domestic passenger, however, you will be subject to normal security screening procedures. You may move around freely in the general areas of the terminals after screening, but will not be able to continue past the boarding gate.

Meeting and greeting 

International terminals

Unfortunately, you may not proceed through security to meet any arriving or departing passengers. Please say your goodbyes before screening and know that you will only be able to meet arriving international passengers in the public arrivals hall, after they have completed the arrivals process.

Travellers with specific needs

To ensure the security of travellers, it’s important that all passengers and carry-on bags are screened prior to boarding. The Australian Government recognises that some passengers will have specific needs while passing through security screening points and you can find helpful information on the TravelSECURE website.

Passenger pick-up and drop-off

Australian Government security requirements dictate that vehicles collecting or dropping off passengers at the front of the terminals must be attended at all times.

Drivers must remain with their vehicle and may only remain in the pick-up/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. Visitors to Perth Airport are encouraged to use the car parking options available if they wish to enter the terminals to greet or farewell passengers.

Suspicious behaviour

Small pieces of information received from members of the public can help keep us safe. If you see or hear something that looks suspicious or doesn’t feel right at Perth Airport, please call the National Security Hotline on 1800 1234 00.

All threats and comments made about carrying weapons or explosives – whether intended as a joke or not – will be taken seriously and may result in travel being refused and prosecution by the Australian Federal Police. 

Filming and photography

Video recording equipment and cameras may be carried within the terminals, however photos or footage of security screening equipment, security staff, Australian border agency processing staff or processes must not be taken at any time.

Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) monitoring

Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) operates at Perth 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.

Unattended baggage

Baggage must never be left unattended in public areas at Perth Airport. All unattended baggage will be treated as suspicious. Please clearly label your belongings with your contact details and destination. Airlines supply luggage tags that are available at check-in counters. Ensure you pack your own bags and never take items on board an aircraft for other people.