Air travellers will face more stringent security over the coming 12 months under a sweeping security overhaul flagged in the 2018 Federal Budget.
Advanced 'full-body scanners' are to be rolled out across Australia's nine major domestic and international airports, replacing the current metal detectors at many screening points. There will also be more police and Border Force officers assigned to those major airports.
The plan will also see upgraded 'security infrastructure' at 64 regional airports.
Some $172 million will be set aside for these tougher airport security measures, although there's no sign of rumoured moves to restrict liquids, gels and other items in carry-on baggage oj domestic flights.
"We are worried about the settings at our domestic airports," Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton commented in the lead-up to the budget.
"Obviously there is a different security setting at our international airports where we do have full body scanners."
"We know that airports, forecourts within the airports, are targets for terrorist organisations around the world. We have seen that in Europe."
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However, advanced bag-screening technology might mean that travellers won't need to remove their laptops and liquids from hand luggage.
This week's 2018 Federal Budget is said to include money "to help regional airports pay for the massive upgrades to passenger and baggage security checks," according to Fairfax Media, while "Australia's major airports will be expected to pay for the multi-million dollar upgrade themselves."
The security overhaul will see full-body X-ray scanners replace metal detector gates at domestic airport screening points and "could also include restricting liquids and other items in carry-on baggage," in response to continued concerns over possible terrorism.
The revised measures are said to be modelled on European Union standards for aviation security.
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