Air­port on higher alert

Ex­tra po­lice on duty af­ter foiled ter­ror plot

The Cairns Post - - NEWS - ALI­CIA NALLY ali­cia.nally@news.com.au

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.

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