An Australian Federal Police officer at Sydney Airport

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Australian authorities stepped up airport safety after a current scare

Employees at Australia’s main airports will face extra screening measures as a part of a safety crackdown.

The tighter controls come after authorities foiled an alleged terror plot to convey down a airplane leaving Sydney Airport in July.

Australian baggage handlers and airport workers working in restricted zones will now be topic to random exams for traces of explosives.

Inspections may even be carried out on workers’ belongings and automobiles.

The adjustments observe considerations raised by union and intelligence consultants concerning the screening of workers, lots of whom are on informal contracts.

“These measures strengthen current controls to make sure airport staff are authorised, correctly recognized and appropriately skilled earlier than getting into safe airside areas,” Transport Minister Darren Chester mentioned.

The federal government mentioned about 140,000 staff had entry to safe zones in airports.

One senator, Nick Xenophon, mentioned Australia ought to undertake even stricter measures, resembling a US-style system of obligatory checks for all workers.

“Our authorities’s strategy to random inspections is a joke,” he mentioned.