Security Information

A state-of-the-art Air Traffic Control Tower and Radar facility, a Category 9 Fire and Rescue Service, and General Security and Centralized Pre-screening, are among the facilities SXM Airport has to ensure that safety remains top priority. The safety record of the airport is among the best anywhere in the region and beyond.

Safety considerations also led to the construction of a Runway End Safety Area (RESA) at the East end of the runway, in accordance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) requirements. This is to minimize the risk of damage to an aircraft undershooting or over-running the runway.

In accordance with international safety and security measures, especially post-9-11, the following items are not allowed in the cabin of the aircraft and will be confiscated by Airport security:

(Pocket) Knives, cutting instruments, firearms, ice picks, razors, scissors, torch cigarette lighters, lighter fluid, matches, metallic nail files, nail polish remover, golf club, sporting equipment, solvents, lubricant, alcohol, aerosols, fuels, pesticides, cooking oil. This list is not all-inclusive. Items that can be considered to present a potential threat may also be prohibited. Sea Shells of certain animals that are protected by law may not be transported.

Be aware that the security screening process now requires more time. Please contact your airline to be informed how much time you need at SXM before your departure.

Carrying liquids and gels in your hand baggage

When passing through security control, you will be required to present liquids, aerosols, and gels separately. Please follow the guidelines below:

For more information about Security requirements at Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM), St. Maarten click here.

For use only during the flight, you may be allowed to take on board:
  • Baby Food/formula
  • Prescription Medication
  • Special diet food