Do­mes­tic pas­sen­ger ID checks

The Sunday Times - - News - RE­NEE VIELLARIS

DO­MES­TIC pas­sen­gers will need iden­ti­fi­ca­tion when fly­ing out of 12 air­ports — in­clud­ing Perth — as soon as next year’s busy June-July school hol­i­days un­der one of the big­gest se­cu­rity crack­downs in decades.

Home Af­fairs Min­is­ter Peter Dut­ton in­tro­duced new laws into Par­lia­ment this week af­ter law-en­force­ment agen­cies warned air­ports re­mained a sig­nif­i­cant se­cu­rity li­a­bil­ity.

The con­cerns were ramped up af­ter wannabe ter­ror­ists al­legedly tried to check in a meat grinder con­tain­ing a hid­den bomb on a flight from Syd­ney to Abu Dhabi in July last year.

The Po­lice Pow­ers at Air­ports Bill will ex­pand pow­ers at all ma­jor Aus­tralian air­ports.

Po­lice will only ask pas­sen­gers to show ID if they be­lieve they are act­ing sus­pi­ciously or have in­tel­li­gence about that pas­sen­ger.

There will be no ran­dom checks and po­lice will be specif­i­cally trained to iden­tify sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour.

Pas­sen­gers will be able to show a pass­port or driver’s li­cence; a stu­dent card and/or Medi­care card; or in some cir­cum­stances give the of­fi­cer their name, date of birth and ad­dress.

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