Over the last couple of weeks, we have seen the US and UK implement increased security measures and an electronics ban on flights from select airports in the Middle East.
This evening, the Australian Government announced that it will increase passenger security screenings on flights departing from three major transit airports in the Middle East – Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Doha. The airlines affected are: Emirates, Etihad, Qatar, Qantas or Virgin Australia codeshare flights.
Passengers travelling to Australia will now be subject to random explosive trace detection testing in addition to the already-enforced gate screening checks for liquids, gels and aerosols.
Although the Federal Minister for Infrastructre and Transport, Darren Chester, has confirmed that there is no electronics ban in place at this time, passengers may be selected for targeted screening of electronics.
These newfound security measures in recent weeks have created lots of discussion in the travel world. Many people believe that this is simply a way to create travel on the dominant Middle Eastern carriers more cumbersome. Of course, that suggestion holds substantial merit, though I am happy to do anything (within reason) that improves my safety.
What do you think of the new security measures? Useful or useless?