Security remains a top priority at Queenstown Airport. On-site security measures are regularly monitored and the Airport continues to meet stringent security standards set by the Government. Queenstown Airport also has a New Zealand Police unit located on-site.
All departing passengers are subject to security screening prior to boarding aircraft. Remember no sharp items, such as nail clippers, scissors, pocketknives and metal nail files, should not be packed in carry-on luggage. Please ensure any items of this kind are packed in your check luggage. Detection of these items at screening points will increase the wait time for passengers.
Please 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. 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.
Baggage must never be left unattended in public areas. All such baggage will be treated as suspicious. All baggage should be clearly tagged with your contact details.
Security restrictions: liquids, aerosols and gels
The New Zealand Government has introduced new security arrangements for all international flights to and from New Zealand airports.
The New Zealand Government has introduced new restrictions on the amount of liquids, aerosols and gel items that can now be carried in the cabin of international flights.
You can only carry liquids, aerosols or gels in hand luggage if each container is no more than 100ml, and these containers collectively can fit comfortably into one re-sealable, 20cm x 20cm (or smaller) transparent plastic bag.
Any liquids, aerosols or gels greater than this amount will need to be packed into check-in luggage.
Items purchased after security
If you are flying direct (ie: no stops) you can purchase any liquid, aerosol or gel items, including Duty Free, after security.
Prescription medicines are exempt from the new restrictions. A letter from your medical practitioner will need to be presented with the medicine. Non-prescription medicines are also exempt; however only the amount required for the duration of the flight should be carried with you in your hand luggage. Medical items such as sprays, insulin, contact lens solution and cough syrups are also exempt.
For those travelling with babies, there are exceptions for baby products required for the duration of the flight. These include baby milk, sterilised water, baby food and wet wipes.
For a full list of prohibited items and more information, please visit the Aviation Security website.