News and Media releases

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...

Fly smart this summer

22 Dec 2016

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...

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...

Graduating detector dogs on the screen

20 May 2016

Five new recruits graduated as fully operational explosive detector dogs yesterday and will now work to keep our airports and skies safe and secure. TV One's Breakfast show came out to the airport to see them do their thing. Watch it here.

Explosive detector dogs pose for a good cause

24 Nov 2015

New Zealand’s Aviation Security Service (‘Avsec’) this week launched a 2016 calendar featuring its highly trained explosive detector dogs (EDD) working to protect the nation’s airports and skies. The calendars are on sale for $10 and all proceeds go to HUHA (Helping You Help Animals), an animal rescue organisation which has gifted several rescued a...