Melbourne Airport

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Passenger screening

Passenger screening

Passenger screening

Passenger screening

All departing passengers are subject to security screening prior to boarding aircraft. Melbourne Airport reminds passengers that sharp items, such as nail clippers, scissors, pocket knives and metal nail files, should not be packed in carry-on luggage. Please ensure any items of this kind are packed in your checked luggage. Detection of these items at screening points will require you to surrender them to be destroyed.

Please ensure you do not carry any flammable liquids, gases, or other dangerous goods with you or in your bags. Those items will also be removed by security staff when detected.

Laptop computers must be removed from bags at the security point and screened separately. Electronic equipment will not be damaged by x-ray screening.

Checked baggage is also subject to screening. Please contact your airline for further information about what can and cannot be taken on board, either in carry-on luggage or in your checked baggage.

Body scanners

Body scanners are in operation at Melbourne Airport as part of the Federal Government's Strengthening Aviation Security Initiative.

Body scanners provide an additional layer of security that includes walk-through metal detectors, restrictions on the carriage of liquids, aerosols and gels, explosive trace detection and police presence, amongst other measures.

If you are departing Melbourne on an international flight you may be randomly selected for a body scan.

If you are selected to be screened by a body scanner and you refuse you will NOT be allowed to pass through the screening point for 24 hours.  This will mean that you are unable to board your flight.  This also applies to airport staff, pilots and cabin crew.

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

Passenger fact sheet PDF
Frequently Asked Questions PDF

Body scanners use radio frequency energy, similar to mobile phones and wireless network devices. X-rays are not used. One scan emits 10,000 times less radio frequency energy than an average mobile phone call.

Millimetre-wave body scanner health and safety information sheet PDF

The privacy of passengers is protected with body scanners displaying a generic stick figure with no identifying features. No individual scans or personal information can be stored or transmitted.

To view a video of the body scanner procedure click on the link below:

For further information on body scanners, including frequently asked questions, go to