Australia starts extra screening process for UAE and Qatar flights

Australia is requiring extra screening measures at boarding gates of flights to Australia from Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Doha airports, but is not banning passengers from carrying onboard their electronic devices.

Passengers on direct flights to Australia from the two United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Qatar airports are now subject to random explosive detection screening before they board. Checks may also include targeted screening of electronic devices, Australia’s federal minister for infrastructure and transport, Darren Chester, said.

Australia’s extra screening comes two weeks after the US and UK issued new aviation security measures that ban electronic devices larger than smartphones in carry-on bags on flights from lists of named countries and airports, most of them in the Middle East.

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Source: Air Transport World.