Airport on higher alert
Extra police on duty after foiled terror plot
EXTRA police and security staff at Cairns Airport were the only signs of tougher measures brought in to protect domestic and international travellers after an alleged terror plot was foiled over the weekend.
Airports in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Darwin, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Hobart and the Gold Coast also faced stricter security from Saturday. Police arrested four men in counter-terrorism raid in a Sydney on Saturday night over an alleged plan to bring down a plane.
But delays experienced at other national airports have not eventuated in the Far North.
Cairns Airport chief operations officer, Kate McCreeryCarr said ordinary people and Cairns Airport staff had helped to keep things running smoothly.
“Thanks to the travelling public for your patience and co-operation – it has really helped as we implement the additional measures required at this time of heightened aviation security concerns,” she said.
“Until further notice we urge people to arrive early for departing flights. As a result of the excellent co-operation and support we have not had any flight delays at this stage.”
Passengers were heeding the message and arriving early yesterday.
“Thankfully it hasn’t been a hassle for us,” said Brisbane resident Christine Webb.
“It’s worrying but you just have to go about the day and trust it’ll be OK.”
Cairns local Kevin Liang was on his way to Melbourne and said the presence of extra police officers was comforting.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the increased measures would include additional checks of cabin and checked baggage. “Some of these measures will be obvious to the travelling public, others will not,” he said.
“While it is important the public is aware of the increased threat, Australians should not be alarmed and those travelling should go about their business with confidence.”
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SECURITY: Australian Federal Police at Cairns airport.