If you work for one of major Australia airports, you may want to brace yourself for tighter security. This is after a move for additional screening methods in order to tighten security following what appears to be an alleged terrorist plot that was foiled by Australian authorities.
According to BBC Australia, the plot involved attacking a plane that was about to depart Sydney Airport that was supposed to happen in July. Employees and staff in restricted zones in major Australian airports will now experience random testings for explosives and even drugs.
The idea for tighter security has been suggested by intelligence experts and union representatives. It has been known that some staff in airports actually work on a casual contractual basis.
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Darren Chester, who serves as Transport Minister, said these measures are to make sure that employees for airports are not just authorised, but also identified and trained. More than 140,000 workers actually are granted access to enter and exit secure airport locations, which can be catastrophic if even one of them are actually involved in terror plots.
Meanwhile, Nick Xenophon, an Australian senator, said the country should also apply stricter policies such as those present in the United States.
July terror plot
The aforementioned terror plot involves smuggling what appears to be a bomb inside a plane. The shocking twist is that the perpetrator has been planning to have his unsuspecting brother bring the bomb with him.
This is what Australian authorities said after a string of arrests in Sydney occurred in July. The suspects were apparently involved with the Islamic State.
According to a BBC Australia report, authorities said the explosive was “high-end” and was concealed in luggage. The plan involves the brother of one of the suspects to actually take said luggage onboard a plane on Etihad Airways.
For some reason, it appears the plan was cancelled. The luggage was also brought to the airport but was not checked in. The brother managed to board his flight without the luggage.
This airport plot is just one of two that was foiled by the police. The second involves building and activating a device that will apparently release deadly hydrogen sulphide gas inside an enclosed public space.