Sydney Morning Herald
Monday, Dec 28th, 2009
Australians travelling to the United States should arrive at the airport one hour early to allow for body searches introduced in the wake of an airline bomb scare on Christmas Day.
New security measures introduced by the US Transport Security Administration for all flights into the US include pat-down searches at the airport gate, physical inspection of all bags and requiring passengers to stay in their seats without access to any personal items or overhead lockers for the final hour before landing.
“It’s important that travellers travelling to the US get to the airport one hour earlier than they would otherwise,” Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said today.
The restrictions will be reassessed by US authorities before they expire on Wednesday.
This article was posted: Monday, December 28, 2009 at 5:00 am