Published on : Saturday, August 5, 2017
According to the new security clampdown, there will be now restrictions for taking liquids on board. There are chances for introducing biometric ID checks and full body scans too. The stringent new measures may also prohibit anyone without a current boarding pass from being let through domestic security.
The new rules will be in line with US domestic terminal practice and will reverse the relaxation of rules regarding liquid, aerosol and gel restrictions. The “LAGS” rule (liquid and gel rules) which states that 20ml being placed in plastic bags were introduced after the 2006 UK plot to detonate liquid explosives on flights. The metal detectors cannot identify the liquids held by any passenger which can be easily recognised by a full-body scanner.
As per the present US airport rules, no passenger can pass through security to a domestic terminal gate without a boarding pass.
The Federal Government is planning to consider the biometric checks, by iris or fingerprint and the mandatory security checks of passengers would possibly be tightened.
The proposal to again tighten domestic Australian airport security is a direct response to the alleged plan to blow up an Etihad Airlines flight from Sydney to Abu Dhabi.
According to the authorities, it was one of the most “sophisticated” plots attempted in Australia which might have been a “catastrophic event”.
Following the last week’s arrest, most of the domestic airports had already tightened their security checks.