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Victorians will experience big delays at Melbourne Airport from today, and until further notice, after a major ramp up in security.
A new minimum two-hour check-in time for domestic travelers in Australia is expected to become the norm, after authorities in Sydney foiled a suspected terror plot to bring down a plane with a bomb.
Travelers have been warned to pack light and allow extra check-in time for additional security scrutiny.
Jetstar and Virgin Australia have upgraded their advice from one hour, also telling passengers to limit carry-on and checked baggage to ensure efficient screening processes. International travelers are advised to arrive three hours before their fight departure time.
Melbourne Airport issued this statement last night:
As has been widely reported in Australian media today, enhanced security measures have been implemented at major Australian airports, including Melbourne Airport.
Passengers departing from Melbourne Airport are advised to arrive at the airport two hours prior to scheduled departure, to allow additional time for security screening processes.
The Australian Government has introduced additional aviation security measures for both international and domestic terminals at Australia’s major airports, aimed at addressing heightened security concerns in the aviation sector.
The travelling public can expect to experience an increased level of security scrutiny at the airport but they should not be concerned about these precautionary measures.
As the measures place an additional burden on the screening system, it may take a little longer than usual to get through the process.
Passengers should arrive at terminals at least two hours before flights to allow ample time for screening and limit the amount of carry-on and checked baggage they travel with as this will help to ensure security screening is efficient.
There are no changes to what can and cannot be carried on-board the aircraft. Jul 30, 2017
NSW and federal police swooped on five properties in the Sydney suburbs of Surry Hills, Lakemba, Wiley Park and Punchbowl and arrested four men on Saturday afternoon in regards to suspected terror plot.
The men who were unknown to authorities are now in custody and will be held there for up to seven days as police comb through the evidence.