Tighter Airport Security ComingThe Australian government has announced increased airport security measures for domestic terminals across the country. As part of a spending package announced in this week’s federal budget, major Australian domestic airports will receive full-body scanners like those at international terminals.

The government also announced new funding for upgrading x-ray screening equipment at regional airports and improved inbound cargo screening measures.

Airport security will also be bolstered by a greater police presence at Australian airports and more training for security staff. Australian Federal Police will be given new powers to check the identity of passengers at domestic airports. But the government has not brought in measures that would require passengers to show identification before boarding a domestic flight.

The possibility of increased airport security in Australia was flagged following the discovery of an alleged terrorism plot last year. At the time, it was proposed that international LAGs (liquids, aerosols and gels) restrictions could be extended to domestic flights. It would also suggested that a boarding pass may soon be required to pass through airport security checkpoints. These requirements already exist for domestic flights in some countries including the United States, but have not been enacted in Australia.

Many AFF members believe the increased security measures are a waste of time and money.

There is security and there is pointless nonsense that distracts from real security.The vast majority of changes to aviation “security” over the last 16 years, including the body scanners, liquid limits, ID checks, and in certain areas shoe removal, have been the latter.

[Full body scanners] don’t work, aren’t needed and are a complete waste of time and money. There is absolutely no reason for them.

Join the discussion on the Australian Frequent Flyer forum: Full Body Scans And More Coming To Domestic Terminals

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