News and media releases

Travelling with Sikh kirpans

12 Mar 2018

Sikh kirpans with blades up to 6cm (not 6 inches) are allowed on flights within and departing New Zealand. To the Sikhs, the kirpan is a blessing from the Guru and holds very high spiritual significance. In accordance with New Zealand regulations related to blades, kirpans are allowed on board flights within or departing New Zealand. If the Kirpan ...

Release of investigation into shooting of Avsec dog

07 Mar 2018

The Aviation Security Service (Avsec) has made a number of changes to procedures following the death of explosives detector dog Grizz in 2017 Commenting on the release of an independent report into the shooting of an Avsec dog at Auckland airport last year, Avsec General Manager Mark Wheeler says: “In this case all reasonable steps were taken to ca...

Power bank catches fire on China flight

26 Feb 2018

A recent incident on a China Southern Airlines flight serves as a useful reminder to travellers about why they must heed the advice and instructions of officials at the airport. Travellers should also check aviation security and airline websites. Passengers on the flight from Guangzhou to Shanghai on Sunday (February 25) had to disembark when a pow...

Fly smart this summer

22 Dec 2017

New Zealand’s Aviation Security Service (Avsec) General Manager Mark Wheeler is encouraging air travellers to pack smart this summer. Avsec is the agency responsible for security screening travellers, aircrew, and airport workers in New Zealand. “This will be our busiest ever summer. I’m asking travellers to help themselves and each other, to make...

Protect your bag with a TSA recognised lock

05 Jan 2017

To keep you safe, Aviation Security screens checked and carry-on baggage going on the plane.  Screening is done by x-ray but a bag may need to be opened and searched if something comes up on the x-ray that has to be checked.  It could be your bag.  If you want to lock your bag, we recommend you use a ‘TSA Recognised’ lock. Our security officers ha...

Annual Report 2015/2016

11 Nov 2016

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), of which Avsec is part, has published its Annual Report 2015/2016. It is available to view on the CAA website, here.

Aussie’s top dogs to begin explosive detection work at NZ airports

19 Oct 2016

The Aviation Security Service (‘Avsec’) is proud to officially welcome three new dogs into its explosive detector dog (EDD) unit, working to protect our nation’s airports and skies. The dogs last week graduated as fully trained explosive detector dogs in a ceremony at the NZ Police Dog Training Centre in Upper Hutt, taking Avsec up to a total of 28...

Avsec’s commitment to health and safety recognised

28 Jun 2016

Avsec’s health and safety programme was last fortnight audited against the ACC Workplace Safety Management Practices Programme (WSMP), with the auditor recommending a ‘tertiary’ rating to the ACC. A tertiary status is the highest ranking available. “This is fantastic news but it’s not surprising considering the excellent work done by staff across A...

Rehomed dogs to begin explosive detection work at NZ airports

24 May 2016

Shelter canines turn out to be ‘the bomb’ at explosives detection The Aviation Security Service (‘Avsec’) is proud to officially welcome five new dogs into its explosive detector dog (EDD) unit, working to protect our nation’s airports and skies. The dogs, including four sourced from animal shelters, today graduated as fully trained explosive detec...