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Scanners Galore: $172m Program For New Checks On Air Travellers

Domestic air travellers in Australia should be prepared for extra delays, following the planned introduction of stringent security at domestic airports under a major security overhaul flagged in Tuesday night’s Federal Budget.

New full-body scanners are to be installed at nine major domestic and international airports, replacing current metal detectors, and will be compulsory for all travellers. There will also be more police and Border Force officers assigned to major airports.

Some $172 million will be spent on the new security measures over several years.

“We are worried about the settings at our domestic airports,” Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said. “Obviously there is a different security setting at our international airports where we do have full body scanners.”

The planned changes also include replacing standard luggage x-rays with more detailed CT scanners for carry-on and checked luggage for both domestic and international services.

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