Published on : Thursday, August 10, 2017
The Australian Airline Pilots Association’s radical proposal of domestic passengers having to present their passports or other photo ID such as driver’s license before boarding domestic flights has been taken into consideration by Australia’s Minister for Transport.
Currently, passports are only required for international travelers, but federal Transport Minister Darren Chester said he would be happy to sit down with the pilots and security experts to discuss the merits of the radical proposal.
The pilots’ union called a press conference night to express their disappointment in the “gap in the aviation security system.” They called for a number of measures to be introduced to beef-up security at airports, among them a requirement for passports to be presented before passengers board domestic flights.
Speaking on Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) radio, Chester said while the idea was out-of-the-box, he would happily consult the relevant authorities regarding the viability of such a plan.
The minister conceded that while airports in particular were “difficult and challenging operating environments,” Australia’s current security measures were working well to thwart any danger.