GAC Commitment to Security

GAC is committed to ensuring a safe and secure environment at Gladstone Airport. Security measures in place reflect the strict regulations specified by the Australian Government and are constantly monitored for compliance and reporting purposes. Please follow directions from all Gladstone Airport Corporation security staff as this will ensure an efficient and safe travel experience.

Transport Security Program & Security Restricted Areas

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 Gladstone 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 Gladstone Airport’s TSP is to safeguard Gladstone Airport’s operations, including personnel, assets and infrastructure, against unlawful interference with aviation and to increase public confidence in aviation security arrangements.

Passenger Pick-up & Drop-off

For security reasons, vehicles collecting or dropping off passengers at the front of the Terminal must be attended AT ALL TIMES. Any vehicle left unattended will be subject to an immediate infringement and may be towed away. Attended vehicles can only remain in the pick/up drop/off area for a maximum of 2 minutes.


Check-in counters generally open 1 ½ hours prior to boarding for domestic flights. Passengers are encouraged to check with their airline or travel agent prior to their arrival at the Terminal should they have any concerns about security measures or special needs with their travel arrangements.

Security Screening

All departing passengers are subject to security screening prior to boarding aircraft. Likewise checked baggage is also subject to screening. Passengers are required to submit all hand luggage and carry-on items for X-ray screening.

The following security information is designed to help you make your journey as easy as possible:

  • Gladstone Airport reminds passengers that sharp items, such as 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 (hold luggage) luggage. Detection of these items at screening points will increase the wait time for passengers.
  • Laptop computers must be removed from bags at the security point and screened separately. Electronic equipment will not be damaged by x-ray screening.
  • Please also ensure you do not carry any inflammable liquids, gasses or other dangerous goods with you or in your bags. Those items will also be removed by security staff when detected.
  • Passengers with medical conditions are advised to contact their airline in relation to the carriage of medical equipment through screening points and on-board their flight. These passengers should carry evidence, such as a doctor's certificate, to substantiate their condition.
  • Please contact your airline for further information about baggage restrictions.

Top tips

For information about clearing airport security screening quickly and smoothly and other aviation security information, please visit the Australian Government’s travel security website

Unattended Baggage

It is an offence to leave baggage unattended in public areas at the airport. All such baggage will be treated as suspicious and may be disposed. All baggage should be clearly tagged with your contact details.

What you cannot take onboard - Prohibited Items in hand luggage.

The Australian Government determines which items are not permitted in carry-on baggage for security and safety reasons. These items are called prohibited items. Prohibited items include sporting goods, kitchen utensils, tools, pen-knives and other things with sharp edges or points capable of injuring someone. If you are not sure whether an item is prohibited or not, check with your airline, pack it in your checked baggage or leave it at home.

You are required to surrender any prohibited items you are carrying before boarding your flight. Airports and airlines are under no obligation to store or return any surrendered prohibited items. Surrendered prohibited items will be disposed.

For further information about what you cannot take onboard, including the current list of prohibited items, please visit the Australian Government’s aviation security website, TravelSecure.


Weapons of any kind are not permitted to be carried on you or in your carry-on bag and onto an aircraft. Weapons include but are not limited to firearms, parts of firearms including ammunition, replica firearms, and martial arts equipment. If you are not sure whether an item is a weapon or not, check with your airline or leave it at home. For further information about what you cannot take on board, including the current list of weapons, please visit the TravelSecure website.

Dangerous Goods

The Australian Government’s aviation security regulations restrict you from carrying certain items on you or in your carry-on bag through security screening and onto an aircraft. The following information details these items. Please click here

Evacuation of the Terminal

In the event of an evacuation of Terminal Buildings and/or car parks, you will be notified by the sounding of an alarm and verbal instructions to evacuate. The evacuation system will cascade, with only those areas directly threatened will be evacuated first. Those areas at lesser risk will be evacuated as the priority increases.

When notified to evacuate, please make your way to the nearest exit and follow the direction of fire / building wardens (Floor Warden identified by yellow helmet and Wardens identified by red helmet) and uniformed staff. You will be directed to evacuation areas where you can remain until it is safe to re-enter the building.

Airport security staff and airline staff will be the first allowed to re-enter the buildings followed by other airport staff and passengers. This will ensure systems are re-activated to process passengers.

You should take all your luggage and possessions with you when evacuating the building, unless specifically directed to leave it by wardens.

Filming & Photography

Cameras may be taken into the Departures Lounge but photographs may not be taken of check-in staff or the security screening process and staff.

For commercial filming or photography at Gladstone Airport please contact GAC to obtain permission, on +61 07 4977 8800


Gladstone Airport Corporation (GAC) owns and operates Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) as an operational tool to assist in the management of aviation operational, security and safety related issues. CCTV significantly increases the ability to monitor both the landside (car park areas, check-in) and airside areas of the airport (boarding gate areas, apron and aircraft stands).

GAC has implemented a range of strategies to target and prevent unlawful interference with aviation. CCTV forms only one part of an integrated approach to security and safety at Gladstone Airport.

Suggestions and Concerns

Any suggestions or concerns about the Gladstone Airport CCTV network may be directed to us at our contact us page

Security Related Jokes & Comments

Passengers and airport visitors are warned that all threats and comments made about 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.