Airport security set to increase

Airport security set to increase

By Nicholas Everard

The Federal Government has announced increased security measures for domestic airports, as part of the 2018 Federal budget.

National security was a top priority of the new budget, with the announcement of a $293.6 million package roll out over four years to improve and upgrade security equipment in domestic airports across Australia. 

When delivering the budget, Treasurer Scott Morrison detailed the airport security funding.

“Protecting Australia from those who seek to do us harm and exert unwelcome influence on our soil,” he said.

“In this Budget we are taking further action, directly investing $294 million to harden up security at our airports.”

You can listen to Treasurer Morrison’s full airport security budget excerpt below:

What changes can we expect?

People travelling through all capital cities, plus 12 regional airports, will be the first to experience the security changes, with new rules and equipment being released from today.

Body scanners

Full body scanners will replace pre-existing walk through metal detectors in domestic airports. The new scanners will allow for approximately 94 per cent of commuters to be scanned before they board a plane.

According to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, the scanners will allow thorough security checks to take place without hindering travel times.

“Everyone wants to get through all of these security checks swiftly, but they also want to get through safely,” Mr Turnbull said.

“Using the latest technology enables you to achieve both.”

The technology has already been implemented in Australian international airports.

 

 

Police presence

The number of Police officers based at airports has also increased,  with 90 new AFP personnel working across major Australian airports.

Police staff have also been given the new ability to demand identification from travellers, if suspicions arise. The new rule also allows for police to forcibly remove commuters from the premises if they are believed to be involved in illegal activity.

“There’s certain conditions that need to be met, at the moment, before police can ask for that identification,” he said.

“This is an issue the police has raised with us. So, we are addressing an anomaly and deficiency in the law at the moment.”

Listen to Mr Dutton’s full account below:

Other security protocols

In additional to the new body scanners and increased police presence, airports across Australia will also be receiving new x-ray equipment, stricter scanning protocols for inbound air cargo and stricter training and security checks for airport screening staff.

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