About us

950 Avsec team members
31.8m Average number of bags we screen every year
11.7m Estimated number of passengers we screen every year
32 Explosive detector dogs

There’s a good chance we've already met if you travel by air. The Aviation Security Service (Avsec) is the Government provider of aviation security in New Zealand, operating at our five major airports: Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin.

Aviation security in New Zealand and around the world is changing – rapidly. The number of passengers and bags we screen every year is rising, and at the same time global security threats are changing and becoming more dynamic.

Our team is growing and the way we do our job is evolving. Our Aviation Security Officers are supported by a range of other team members – from Intelligence Analysts to IT and HR professionals, and business leaders. Ultimately our goal is to ensure the flying public are safe.

Screening passengers and baggage

We're responsible for pre-board screening of all departing international passengers and their carry-on baggage. We also screen departing domestic passengers and their carry-on baggage for some aircraft.

We ensure that prohibited items such as knives, firearms, incendiary devices, weapons, dangerous goods, explosives, or any other threat items are not carried onto aircraft. For international flights we also ensure passengers do not take more than the allowed quantity of liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) into the cabins of aircraft.

Utilising sophisticated explosive detection system equipment, we screen all checked passenger baggage at international airports and for some domestic flights for threat items.

Other security responsibilities

  • We carry out perimeter patrols at all security designated airports and intercept people unlawfully in security areas.
  • We screen airport workers with access to, and within, security enhanced areas at airports.
  • We manage and issue Airport Identity Cards.
  • We provide escort services to vehicles (eg police cars, ambulances) needing to drive in restricted areas of airports.