‘Bomb Plot involving aircraft’ imposes heightened airport screening

In a response to counter-terrorism operations; screening across Australian airports has been heightened in the wake of a large-scale operation conducted across four Sydney suburbs on Saturday afternoon.

It’s currently unclear what the exact response involves, especially considering other wider trends with recent US revising device restrictions from carriage onto aircraft after originally blocking passengers from carrying laptops and digital devices.

At this point in time airlines are being advised of additional screening measures from the Australian Government with Virgin Australia having released information about measures across domestic and international airports

The Sydney Morning Herald reported raids being related to a “terrorist cell and a bomb plot to bring down an aircraft” with Seven News reporting AFP and NSW Police being involved with over 40 officers.

Was this a ‘home affairs’ thing?

Existing command structure has allowed already established counter-terrorism collaboration across agencies. Whilst the efficacy of an overhauled umbrella security agency only seems to have merit when Australia finds convenience in established ideas from afar. In fact former PM Abbott’s Chief of Staff thinks it may not be such a great idea. But all in all, will we ever return to a pre-9/11 security stance? Ross Gittin (SMH) thinks the hype (terrorism) is not what it’s cracked up to be.

Security changes

We might expect to see more ‘international travel’ style security protocols which already prohibit the following:

  • Travelling passengers only permitted beyond security screening
  • Liquid, aerosol and gel restrictions on quantity
  • Supplying ‘Advanced Passenger Information ‘— ID’s are checked on all international flights, and this may become the norm for Australian domestic flights.
  • Explosive trace detection

Mind you Minister Darren Chester said our screening was ‘robust’ according to The Oz. Apparently not.

On the side

Also noticed the people at Office of Transport security offer you ‘right’ to no screening. A right gives you something, but I guess freedom isn’t free. You’re offered the choice of no-screening which allows you to not-travel. Hmm.

Alternatively; your Jetstar flight is now cancelled, but you can still have free screening.