Published: Tue, August 01, 2017
Finance | By Kristine Clayton

Luggage screening intensified after Australia airplane plot

Luggage screening intensified after Australia airplane plot

Lengthy delays at airports across Australia can be expected following a series of terror raids that were confirmed to be "Islamic-inspired terrorism" plots.

"The Australian Government has introduced additional aviation security measures at worldwide and domestic terminals at Australia's major airports", Qantas said in a statement.

Travellers are also being warned they will need to limit both carry-on and check-in luggage to ensure a seamless screening process.

Passengers should arrive at the airport two hours before domestic flights and three hours before worldwide flights to allow ample time for screening.

"Some of the measures will be obvious to the public, some will not be", Mr Turnbull said.

Four men were arrested after a major counter-terrorism operation raided five Sydney properties on Saturday afternoon in the inner-city suburb Surry Hills and the southwest suburbs of Lakemba, Punchbowl and Wiley Park.

Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin said details were scant on the specifics of the attack, the location and timing.

Late on Sunday, police said they had been granted a special seven-day extension in the New South Wales Magistrates Court to continue interrogating the four suspects without pressing charges.

"We're not a gateway airport like Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane".

The foiled Australian terrorist plot targeting an airline, believed to be inspired by ISIS, has gotten the attention of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. On other occasions you get quite elaborate conspiracies.

"Police will allege they had the intent and were developing the capability", Turnbull told Australian Broadcasting Corp.

"There is still the ability for people to have sophisticated plots and sophisticated attacks remain a real threat", he said.

Australia's Justice Minister Michael Keenan said this plot serves as a reminder that while lone wolf attacks are not the only serious threat to their country.

"But it will be take more time".

At Melbourne Airport Australian Federal Police officers are patrolling the terminals alongside airport staff conducting random bag searches before the check-in point.

Airlines and airports are urging travellers to limit their baggage and arrive earlier for domestic and worldwide flights, as tougher security measures prompt concerns of travel delays across the country.

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