Rudd to ramp up airport security with 200 million

first_imgAustralian airports will receive a $200 million boost to security over the next four years, the Rudd government announced yesterday.The $200 million plan was revealed by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in Canberra yesterday as a response to a review he ordered last month after a foiled terrorist attack on a Northwest jet in the US.Under the plan, full-body scanners will be installed at major international airports by early this year and passenger and baggage screening will be enhanced with multiview X-ray machines and bottle scanners capable of detecting liquid explosives.Funds will also goes towards improving Customs passenger handling technology and installing cargo X-ray screening and explosive trace detection technology at selected locations. There will also be more Australian Federal Police with sniffer dogs trained to detect firearms and explosives according to The Australian. However, travellers will face more than tighter security.”This may mean it takes longer for passengers to pass through security, but the government believes that this inconvenience is a small price to pay for increased security” Rudd told parliament. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img