Aviation Security Arrangements

Media Release

DC064/2017

22 March 2017

Providing the public with safe and secure air travel is an Australian Government priority.

The Government is aware that the United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK) have changed their temporary, additional security measures for certain US and UK-bound flights from several Middle Eastern and North African countries.

The security measures mean that no electronic items will be allowed in the cabin of affected aircraft with the exception of mobile phones and medical devices.

The Australian Government is in contact with industry and our international partners, and will continue to monitor security developments and adjust our security settings if needed.

Australia has a comprehensive and strong transport security system in place to prevent acts of terrorism which we continuously review to ensure it addresses contemporary threats. As recently as Monday the Government passed new legislation to strengthen security at airports.

The additional security measures will affect Australians travelling into or transiting through Europe or the US from African/Middle Eastern countries.

The Australian Government has updated its travel advice for the United States and United Kingdom and concerned travellers should contact their airlines or travel provider to determine if they are affected.