Tighter airport security measures could be brought into play, following a foiled terror attack on an Etihad flight last week.
According to The Weekend Australian, new measures include restrictions on taking liquids on board domestic flights, which currently are without restrictions like international flights.
There will also be tighter security around checking identification of passengers, which includes mandatory photo ID, possible biometric ID checks, and even iris and fingerprint scans, which are extremely reminiscent of US airport security.
And what’s more for domestic flights, anyone without a valid boarding pass won’t be allowed through security, meaning you can’t wave your friends/family off at the gate.
Per the Weekend Australian, there’s also talks of bringing in the body scanners like the ones in the US.
The new measures are, per The Oz, being discussed by Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton, Justice Minister Michael Keenan and Transport Minister Darren Chester.
They’re likely to go before the Federal Cabinet within the next few weeks, per reports.
Domestic airlines aren’t too pleased with the changes, per The Oz, and are likely to fight it due to the extra costs of these new rules. But if the rules do pass, then there’s a good chance passengers will cop the brunt of the cost with pricier airfares.
Passengers have experienced some serious delays in the last week after the terror plot for a flight from Sydney to Abu Dhabi was thwarted by police.
The first attempt at the attack was allegedly canned after an explosive device hidden inside a meat mincer didn’t make it past check-in, with staff deeming the baggage too heavy.