Avsec aims to deliver world class aviation security, while enabling a high quality, responsive passenger experience.

All departing international passengers and their carry-on baggage are screened.

All departing domestic passengers and their carry-on baggage at five security-designated airports are screened, where an aircraft has 90 or more seats.

Passengers and their carry-on baggage are screened to ensure prohibited items such as knives, firearms, incendiary devices, weapons, dangerous goods, explosives, and other threat items are not carried onto the aircraft. Screening on international flights also ensures passengers do not take more than the allowed quantity of powders, liquids, aerosols and gels (PLAGs) into the aircraft.


To deliver safe and secure skies, we work closely with other border and government agencies domestically and internationally. These include the NZ Police, NZ Customs Service, Ministry of Primary Industries, Immigration NZ, Minitsry of Transport, Airport Companies and industry associations, as well as international organisations such as the Airports Council International (ACI), International Air Transport Association (IATA) and International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

Airport access and patrols

We undertake perimeter and airside patrols at all security-designated airports, as well as guarding aircraft, and performing aircraft searches. This ensures the prompt interception of persons unlawfully in security areas, and increases the safety and security of the flying public.

Screening of airport workers and cargo

We undertake screening of airport workers with access to, and within security enhanced areas at designated airports, as well as managing their Airport Identity Cards for restricted areas. We also handle the Government security check process as part of this system.

We also screen air cargo and air post to help ensure the safety and security of passengers.

Behavioural Detection Officers

Avsec operates a behavioural detection capability at specified locations.

Behavioural detection is a method of observing human behaviour which can include physiological, verbal and non-verbal indicators.

Behavioural detection officers are trained to identify the indicators associated with a potential threat or unlawful activity.

Our officers identifying such behaviours will engage with the individual, make enquiries and may require additional screening and security checks to help ensure the safety of traveling passengers and members of the public. Where unlawful activity is  discovered using behavioural detection, individuals may be referred to other appropriate agencies. 

Behavioural detection is a well-established discipline across a range of law enforcement and transport jurisdictions around the world. It is just one of a number of security methods Avsec uses to help ensure the security and safety of the traveling public.

Explosive Detector Dogs

Avsec utilises explosive detection trained dogs to carry our security activities at designated airports in NZ. These dogs are used to search aircraft, passenger baggage, air cargo, navigation facilities, unattended bags and items, unattended cars, airport lounges and gates, check-in counters and screening points amongst others areas. Explosive Detector Dogs provide a fast mobile solution to complement other static security measures.

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