Passenger Safety

Security screening & prohibited items

Hobart Airport is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all persons.  We want your family holiday or business trip to be hassle-free and an enjoyable experience. Security policies and procedures are updated frequently, so please take some time to view the information provided below. 


Security Screening

Australian Government regulations specify that everyone, including passengers, aircrew and airport workers, must go through a security screening point at Hobart Airport’s Domestic and International Terminals before boarding a flight or moving into secure areas of terminals.

Our focus is to provide efficient screening processes that show respect for all passengers, while at the same time assuring the highest level of security standards are maintained.

You are responsible for keeping track of your own possessions when you pass through the screening point. We suggest that you put your valuables, such as wallet, passport, jewellery and camera, in your bag before arriving at the screening point.

If walk-through detector alarms go off during screening passengers will be subject to further screening before being cleared for travel. This may include the removal of various outer garments, including headwear or footwear, which can have a metal brace in the instep that activates alarms. If alarms continue to sound passengers may be asked to undergo a physical search.

If, for religious or other personal reasons, passengers do not wish to undergo these screening processes in public, they may request that screening occurs in a private room.

Explosive Trace Detection machines are in use at Hobart Airport. Passengers and baggage may be tested at check-ins or screening points at any time.

Passengers with special needs

Passengers with special needs, as described below, may need a private screening, which may take more time and should be factored into planning ahead of a flight. Always talk to the screening officers if you have any concerns about passing through the screening machine.

Medical Implants

Please tell the screening officer if you have any implants such as pacemakers or cochlear implants – and request separate screening so you don’t have to pass through the screening machines, which may affect your implant.

Artificial Limbs/Prostheses

If you have artificial limbs/prostheses, please tell the screening officer and request separate screening so you don’t have to pass through the metal detector.

Walking aids

Walking aids must be screened and as such may require X-Ray or Explosive Trace Detection. There will be chairs and walking aids available at the screening point for you to use while your walking aids are screened.

Wheel chairs

Airline staff are very familiar with the movement of passengers requiring wheel chairs and will take passengers directly to the screening point. Passengers in wheel chairs will be required to undergo screening by way of a pat-down search by a security officer of the same sex.

Passenger Drop-off

Australian Government security requirements dictate that vehicles dropping off passengers at the front of the terminal must be attended at all times. The driver of the vehicle must remain with their vehicle.

Any vehicle left unattended will be subject to an immediate fine and may be towed away.

Patrons and visitors to the Airport are encouraged to use the car parking options available to them at the airport if they wish to enter the terminal to greet or farewell passengers.  The car park has a 10 minute free period if you wish to take advantage of this option.

Closed Circuit Television Monitoring (CCTV)

Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) operates at Hobart 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. All such baggage will be treated as suspicious.  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.  Ensure that you pack your own bags and never take items on board an aircraft for other people.

Security Related Threats

Passengers and airport visitors are warned that all threats and comments made about the carrying of weapons or explosives – whether intended as a joke or not – will be taken seriously and may result in refusal of carriage onto the flight and prosecution by law enforcement.

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 as they are capable of posing a significant risk to health and safety when transported by air. Such items will be removed by security staff when detected.

Further information on dangerous goods can be found using the CASA Dangerous Goods App.

Prohibited Items in hand luggage

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. For an up to date list of prohibited items please follow the link below:

If these items are not surrendered at the screening points the passenger is in breach of Australian Government regulations and the airline will not allow the passenger to travel. Please ensure no items are in your hand luggage before reaching the screening point otherwise detection of these items at screening points will require you to surrender these.