Security measures heightened at Australia airports

by Ben Pena August 1, 2017, 22:47
Security measures heightened at Australia airports

The government has moved to bolster security at major Australian airports in the wake of an unprecedented terrorist plot on Australian soil.

Four men were arrested in raids across the city on Saturday.

Speaking to Sky News, Justice Minister Keenan said that security would be tightened for the foreseeable future, causing delays for both domestic and global travellers, but they would ensure that Australia's "world-leading" security and intelligence agencies can keep people safe.

The beefed-up security has also caused crowds to congregate in baggage claim areas, as additional screening of checked-in luggage came into effect.

An airport spokesman said travellers should stick to the new guidelines, which ask travellers to arrive two hours early to allow for additional scrutiny and bag checks, and to limit baggage wherever possible.

Police raided five homes Saturday and removed a domestic grinder and a mincer used to make sausage, the newspaper said.

Four men have been detained following raids across Sydney, on suspicion of plotting an "elaborate" attack.

The situation appears to be worst at Sydney Airport, where the queue snaked out of the domestic terminal and onto the pavement.

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"Police will allege they had the intent and were developing the capability", Turnbull told Australian Broadcasting Corp.

Turnbull urged travellers to make room for additional security at screening points and said Australians must be aware of an increased threat.

It added that it was not yet known whether the flight number was related to the alleged terror plot.

"We've taken this threat very seriously", AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin said.

The government says tougher screenings will remain in place until authorities believe they are no longer necessary to address a terrorism threat.

The plot involved smuggling the device onto a flight from Sydney to the Middle East, possibly Dubai, as carry-on luggage, the newspaper said.

Australia's Justice Minister Michael Keenan said this plot serves as a reminder that while lone wolf attacks are not the only serious threat to their country.

On July 30, BBC reports that Australian police seized improvise explosive devices in a "major joint counter-terrorism operation" in Surry Hills, Lakemba, Wiley Park and Punchbowl.


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