The people who work behind the scenes at Australian airports will soon be subjected to random testing as part of a new security crackdown.
Ground staff working in restricted areas, including baggage handlers, caterers, engineers and maintenance staff, will all be checked for explosives in a bid to keep the public safe.
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said in a statement, the amendments to the Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2005 will help keep Australians safe.
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“Airport workers, together with their vehicles and belongings, will be randomly selected for explosive trace detection testing and other screening when entering or working in secure airside areas at major airports,” Mr Chester said.
Other measures being introduced include stronger access controls and additional security awareness training for aviation workers.
“These measures strengthen existing controls to ensure airport workers are authorised, properly identified and appropriately trained before entering secure airside areas,” Mr Chester added.
“They may also be subject to security screening in the course of their duties.”
The measures will be introduced at Australia’s major airports over the next 12 months and come just months after police foiled a plot to bomb a plane leaving from Sydney.