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Australia boosts insider threat checks

14 December 2017

The Australian government has unveiled tighter security screening for airport workers, including baggage-handlers, aircraft engineers, and caterers.

“Airport workers, together with their vehicles and belongings, will be randomly selected for explosives trace detection testing and other screening when entering or working in secure airside areas at major airports,” said Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester.

He added that the government would also introduce stronger airside access control systems for staff and boost airport employee security-awareness training.

The reforms will be implemented progressively, with airports given flexibility in scheduling the changes “to ensure they continue to function efficiently and effectively”, Chester said.



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