Domestic passenger ID checks
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.