Sydney terror raids: Tourists face huge delays as airports ramp up security measures with ‘bomb checks at front door’
Frustrated tourists face delays of up to two hours at airports in Australia as authorities carry out bomb checks and random searches in the wake of foiled “Islamic-inspired1” terror2 plot. Airlines operating at major hubs including Adelaide Airport, Sydney Airport, Brisbane Airport and Perth Airport warned passengers to arrive hours earlier than usual today. Passengers reported long delays and a heightened police presence as soon as they reached check-in at most hubs.
“When we entered Cairns Airport, the bomb checks were at the front door, so we had to get checked before we even entered the airport,” tourist Nicole Burns said.
Tourists faced lengthy delays at major Australian airports due to extra security measures (Image: REUTERS) Australia recently foiled an Islamist-inspired “terrorist plot” to bring down an airplane with an improvised explosive (Image: AFP) Passengers reported a significant police presence at most hubs (Image: AFP)
Another passenger at Sydney Airport said she was warned of delays of up to 90 minutes and admitted she was “concerned” to see extra checks. She said: “Absolutely we’re concerned but we’re hoping that they’ve got them the terror suspects and the Federal Police keep up the exceptional work they’re doing.”
Jacob Pickering had to wait 45 minutes just to check in at Brisbane Airport due to random explosive checks.
Random bag searches were conducted in the terminals (Image: AFP) Passengers who had to wait up to two hours at airports vented their frustration (Image: AFP)
While many passengers at airports appreciated the need for increased security, others online vented their frustration. One write on Twitter: “TS SYDNEY airport a mess .
If you are flying come very early . Quest out door at securiy.”
Another admitted Melbourne airport was “insane” and warned others to allow extra time at the hub. Justin Warren wrote: “How does creating a bottleneck and large collection of people in a confined space on the insecure side of the airport increase safety?”
Authorities insisted the additional security measures were significant (Image: Getty Images AsiaPac)
But authorities insisted the measures were important to maintain the country’s counter terrorism strategy.
Transport Minister Darren Chester said: “Some of these measures will be obvious to the travelling public, other will not.
“The increased measures will include additional checks of cabin and checked baggage.”
Meanwhile, Virgin Airlines and its budget subsidiary Tigerair released a statement confirming additional security measures were in place at airports, and urging travellers not to be alarmed.
“As the measures place an additional burden on the screening system, it may take a little longer than usual to get through the process,” it said.
Four men were arrested after a counter-terrorism raid on a property in Sydney (Image: AAP)
A Qantas Group spokesperson representing Qantas and Jetstar said it was working closely with the Government and airport partners to implement the measures.
“Australia has very strong safeguards in place at its airports; these changes are about making them even stronger,” the spokeswoman said. Australia, a close ally of the United States, has been on heightened alert for attacks by home-grown militants returning from fighting in the Middle East, or their supporters, since 2014. Authorities say they have thwarted a number of potential attacks since then, but there have been several “lone wolf” assaults, including a cafe siege in Sydney that left two hostages and the gunman dead.
About 100 people have left Australia for Syria to fight alongside organizations such as Islamic State, Australia’s immigration minister said last month.
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A gym-toned Roxy Jacenko inspects beefed-up surveillance at Sweaty Betty offices after …
Her public relations business was targeted by vandals on Friday. And Roxy Jacenko, 37, has wasted no time safeguarding her Sweaty Betty offices, inspecting new security provisions on Tuesday. The beefing up of provisions comes amid an eventful few days for the queen of spin, who became engaged for the second time to her husband Oliver Curtis on Friday night. Eggs-cellent security ! A gym-toned Roxy Jacenko inspects beefed-up surveillance provisions at Sweaty Betty HQ after vandalism attack Clad in her signature activewear, Roxy cut a svelte figure as she made her way back from the gym to her Sweaty Betty offices.
The mother of two flashed her abs in a white singlet which she paired with an aqua crop top and leggings. The businesswoman did not wear the diamond ring gifted to her by Oliver during her proposal on Friday. Working hard: Clad in her signature activewear, Roxy cut a svelte figure as she made her way back from the gym to her Sweaty Betty offices Gym-honed: The mother of two flashed her abs in a white singlet which she paired with an aqua crop top and leggings
No ring: The businesswoman did not wear the diamond ring gifted to her by Oliver during her proposal However Roxy has previously said she did not like to wear her rings to the gym as she is fearful weights would damage the jewels.
Arriving outside her now pristine offices, Roxy stopped to inspect several workers who appeared to be installing security cameras. The social media maven could be seen taking photos of the men’s handiwork, which seemed to include some kind of upgrade to the security system. Checking up: Arriving outside her now pristine offices, Roxy stopped to inspect several workers who appeared to be upgrading her security cameras
New systems: The social media maven could be seen taking photos of the men’s handiwork, which seemed to include some kind of upgrade to the security system
Getting to work: The workmen’s visit comes after Roxy’s workplace was targeted by vandals on Friday Horrible discovery: On Friday morning Roxy arrived at her office, located in the exclusive Sydney suburb of Double Bay, to discover it had been pelted by rotten eggs injected with ink
On Friday morning Roxy arrived at her office, located in the exclusive Sydney suburb of Double Bay, to discover it had been pelted by rotten eggs injected with ink. The vandalism was the third time the PR queen had been targeted in mere months, with a ‘brown foul-smelling sludge’ smeared on the walls of her office in April, the Sydney Morning Herald3 reported at the time. A mixture of blood and bone was also thrown into Roxy’s backyard a fortnight ago. Unlucky: The vandalism was the third time the PR queen had been targeted in mere months
Vile attack: Earlier a ‘brown foul-smelling sludge’ had been smeared on the walls of her office in April
Second attack: A mixture of blood and bone was also thrown into Roxy’s backyard a fortnight ago
‘This is the third attack in a number of months with the one before this being last Tuesday evening on my property and police are investigating,’ Roxy told Daily Mail Australia in a statement on Friday. Meanwhile later that day Roxy’s husband Oliver proposed to her for the second time, amid rumours the pair had undergone a period of estrangement. In June Oliver was released from Cooma Correctional Centre in southern NSW after serving a 12 month jail sentence for insider trading.
The couple – who share children Pixie, five, and Hunter, three, together – are believed to have reunited during a family getaway to Bali earlier this month.
Good news ! On Friday Roxy’s husband Oliver proposed to her for the second time, amid rumours the pair had undergone a period of estrangement
Back on: The couple are believed to have reunited during a family getaway to Bali earlier this month
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Take That fans heading to tomorrow s concert in Liverpool are being urged not to bring bags or items larger than a purse or wallet.
Venues across the country are stepping up security in light of the terror attack 2 carried out by the 22-year-old fanatic at the end of the Ariana Grande concert. Prime Minister, Theresa May yesterday increased the UK security threat level to the highest peak of critical.
The band should have played at Echo Arena Liverpool on Tuesday night3 but cancelled the show following the Manchester atrocity out of respect for the victims. An update on the venue’s website states: Our thoughts are with those affected by the devastating tragedy in Manchester.
Our sympathies go out to everyone at this tragic time.
We would like to reassure our customers that their safety is always of the highest importance to us, and we have extra security measures in place for the event.
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Event Security Information States :
- Customers are advised not to bring bags/items larger than a purse or wallet they will not be permitted within the arena.
- All customers will be searched/wanded on entry to the venue . Please allow additional time for these searches to take place when planning your journey to the venue.
- The event will be smoke/vape free and customers will not be allowed outside the venue to smoke/vape.
- Queuing outside the venue before the doors open is discouraged . If you do intend to queue, please note this will not be permitted until 2pm .
If you arrive before 2pm you will be turned away.
- Doors open at 5pm and the event starts at 7.25pm.
Anyone with queries about the event should contact the venue on 0344 8000 400 or at email@example.com