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Security Information  for travellers The following security information is designed to help you make your journey as quick and smooth as possible: Top Tips Click on the following link for the top tips for getting through airport security screening quickly and smoothly: http://travelsecure.infrastructure.gov.au/domestic/top_tips.aspx   What you can't take onboard Click on the following link for the rules regarding what you cannot take through a security screening point (on you or in your carry-on bag) and onto your aircraft:  http://travelsecure.infrastructure.gov.au/international/onboard/prohibited_items.aspx   Liquid, aerosols and gels (lags) Click on the following link for the rules regarding Liquid, Aerosols and Gels (LAGs) for international flights: http://travelsecure.infrastructure.gov.au/international/lags/index.aspx   Passenger Security Screening Click on the following link for information about passenger security screening:       Domestic flights: http://travelsecure.infrastructure.gov.au/domestic/faq/airport_checks.aspx       International flights: http://travelsecure.infrastructure.gov.au/international/faq/faq_passengerscreening.aspx   Carry-on Baggage security screening Click on the following link for information about carry-on baggae security screening: http://travelsecure.infrastructure.gov.au/international/screening/baggage_screening.aspx   Travelling with laptops Click on the following link if you're travelling with a laptop: http://travelsecure.infrastructure.gov.au/domestic/laptop.aspx   Checked baggage screening Click on the following link for information about checked baggage security screening: http://travelsecure.infrastructure.gov.au/domestic/faq/airport_checks.aspx   Personal Bag Security - bag strapping at sydney airport Sydney Airport Corporation Ltd (SACL) provides an optional baggage protection service, in the form of secure strapping, to provide additional security for passengers travelling overseas.  Straps are heat sealed and are applied by a machine so that any interference with the bag can be easily detected. This service, Smartstrap, is operated by SmartCarte and is available in the International Terminal (T1) on the departures level between Check-in Counters D and E and on the arrivals level at SmartCarte Baggage, next to McDonalds.  A small fee is charged per item.    A Shrink Wrapping service is not provided at Sydney Airport.   Travelling with sporting equipment Click on the following link if you're travelling with sporting equipment: http://travelsecure.infrastructure.gov.au/international/sports_equip.aspx   Travelling with children Click on the following link for information about travelling with children: http://www.sydneyairport.com.au/SACL/Travelling-with-Children.html   Special assistance Click on the following link for information regarding the Disability Access Facilitation Plan for security: http://www.sydneyairport.com.au/Sacl/Disability-Access-Facilitation-Plan.html#SECURITY   Information in other languages Click on the following link for security information in other languages: http://travelsecure.infrastructure.gov.au/international/languages.aspx   Travel secure Click on the following link for aviation security information from the Australian Government: http://travelsecure.infrastructure.gov.au/   Strong Focus on AVIATION Security No matter where you're going: Home; Business trip; Honeymoon; or Family holiday, Sydney Airport plays an essential role in your trip. Sydney Airport also forms an integral part of Australia’s aviation industry as many businesses operate at or utilise Sydney Airport in various ways.  The Aviation Transport Security Act 2004 (ATSA)and Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2005 (ATSRs) provide the legislative framework for aviation security.  The ATSA requires Aviation Industry Participants (AIP) such as Sydney Airport to have a Transport Security Program (TSP). A TSP outlines the security risk environment and which measures and procedures an AIP has in place to deter and detect unlawful interference with aviation.  The general objective of Sydney Airport Corporation Ltd 's (SACL) TSP is to safeguard Sydney Airport’s operations, including personnel, assets and infrastructure, against unlawful interference with aviation; and to increase public confidence in aviation security arrangements.  Security throughout the airport precinct is coordinated and afforded the highest of priorities.  Government regulated security requirements are a key focus of Sydney Airport.  Front line security roles are primarily performed by contracted specialist security firms, with SACL as the Aviation Security Management and Screening Authority maintaining a strong policy, management, quality control and coordination role.  We continually seek to deliver enhanced aviation security outcomes and take a flexible approach to meet contemporary threats.   Our approach to security is risk based, multi-layered and integrated.  Aviation security measures and procedures are designed to deter and detect unlawful interference with aviation and to provide for a safe and secure enviroment for passengers, visitors and staff. One of the most visible security layers to the public is security screening.  Passenger screening at SACL operated terminals (T1 and T2) is performed to Australian Government regulatory standards using x-ray machines, walk through and hand held metal detectors, explosive trace detection systems with random and continuous explosive detection tests of passengers and carry-on bags.  International travellers transiting Australia are also security screened before they board their connecting flight. Another visible security layer to the public is the presence of permanent protective security patrols which operate in each terminal as well as around the airside perimeter.  We also work closely with the Australian Federal Police (AFP) who deliver a Airport Uniformed Police presence at Sydney Airport.  The AFP conducts deterrent patrols and provides a law enforcement first response capability.  This includes specialist and visible mobile, foot and bike patrols along with technical support from bomb appraisal teams and explosive detection dogs, all of which provide an intelligence driven, proactive and flexible security presence.  Behind this visible security layer is a network of multi-layered and integrated security systems technology which mostly goes unnoticed or unseen.  There is an access control system with an extensive network of closed circuit TV cameras which operate 24 hours a day.  Explosive Detection System (EDS) capable x-ray equipment allows for automated x-ray scanning of all passenger checked baggage to prevent explosives from being loaded into the hold of an aircraft.  Aviation Security Identification Cards (ASICs) are another layer of security and are used at airports to help identify airport or airline employees who have undergone government and law enforcement background checks so only people who have been background checked are permitted to be in secure areas of airports unsupervised.  The ASIC scheme aims to help reduce the risk of unlawful interference with aviation through crime or terrorism.  Sydney Airport has an in-house team of security specialists who provide advice and guidance on security risk management and policy standards to meet government mandates and corporate requirements.  A security quality control program also operates audits and system testing regularly to ensure achievement of security outcomes and regulatory compliance.   SACL relies on all airport organisations and employees to fulfil their security responsibilities and report security concerns.  Organisations operating at Sydney Airport are responsible for ensuring all personnel and/or contractors under their control comply with SACL’s TSP, the ATSA and ATSRs.  Passengers and visitors to the airport also have an important role to play in aviation security and contribute to our multi-layered security approach.  Security awareness signs, posters and public announcements are designed to convey important security information to passengers and visitors at Sydney Airport and encourage the reporting of security concerns. Security is everyone’s responsibility.   We all need to work together in helping protect the security of Sydney Airport.   Security SPECIFIC Information FOR AIRPORT EMPLOYEES The following security awareness products will assist airport employees in preparing for their security awareness test prior to obtaining their Aviation Security Identification Cards.  The Security Awareness Guide and Posters also familiarise employees with their security responsibilities and obligations at Sydney Airport.   Security Awareness Guide (3.53MB)   Security Awareness Posters (954.58kB)  Contact us   If you have a specific question, you can contact us via our on-line webform.

Helpful Tips & Resources

Whether you're a seasoned jet-setter or a first-time flyer, iFly.com has everything you need to make your airport experience stress-free. Check out these helpful tips for traveling to, from, or through SYD: 

  • Take advantage of the free wifi and explore the web if you have some time before your departure! Additionally, you can relax, grab a snack, and browse the shops.
  • If you're looking for ways to pass the time before your flight takes off, check out these cool layover ideas at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport.
  • If you want to know if your flight might be late, check out the arrival status of the inbound flight.
  • Are you planning a trip to the airport and unsure of the different parking options and their associated costs? Check out this link to find out the locations and fees for both on-airport and off-airport parking.
  • If you need to know what business services are available, like copy machines, postal services, or notaries, please check here.
  • If you are travelling within the local area and need a fast way to reach your destination, take a look at the airport shuttle options available here.