Qantas confirmed passengers should arrive much earlier for domestic Australian flights in order to deal with new security protocols in place following police raids that authorities say disrupted a suspected terrorist cell plotting an attack on an aircraft.
Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull announced yesterday that security procedures were being enhanced at airports across Australia.
Qantas said passengers should now arrive two hours before the scheduled departure of domestic flights and three hours before international flights.
A Qantas spokesperson said: “The Qantas Group is working closely with government and our airport partners to implement the increased security measures at Australian airports.
“Given the additional screening requirements, we ask passengers to arrive at the terminal two hours before domestic flights and three hours before international flights. Passengers are also asked to limit the amount of carry-on and checked baggage where possible as this will help to ensure security screening is efficient.
“Australia has very strong safeguards in place at its airports; these changes are about making them even stronger.”
Four people were arrested in the raids which were carried out across Sydney yesterday afternoon.
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