RupesNZ
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Australian Airport Security

Thu Jul 15, 2004 7:05 am

Why do the Australian authorities have such a tough security check compared with other countries that arguably have a greater risk of being targets of terrorist activity?

Over the last few years I have traveled across most of SE Asia and the US and have never has security checks as stringent as in Australia.

Australia seems to be the only country that insists on passengers removing laptops from their carry on luggage for scanning, I don't remember this in LAX or BWI last year, nor the same in Singapore, Hong Kong, Manila, India, Sri Lanka, Jakarta, New Zealand or Malaysia.

Is it just the desire for the Australian government to be the USA of the South Pacific and continually tries to out do the US in everything?
 
carnoc
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RE: Australian Airport Security

Thu Jul 15, 2004 7:15 am

To Rupesnz,

I believe it is not only happening here in Australia, I was being asked to remove my laptop for screening in several countries in last three years, twice in Singapore (20+ flights in last three years), once in China (10+ flights in last three years), once in Hong Kong (10+ flights in last three years), and several times in the States (25+ flights in last three years), but I do agree with you that Australia is quite tough in checking up passengers' laptops compared to many other nations.

Also, as Australian authorties have quite strict rules regarding security checks, I have found that some of security officers don't seem to be happy with their job, in particular some of ones at the domestic terminal of several state capital airports, they could certainly be more helpful and friendly than what they currently like.

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RE: Australian Airport Security

Thu Jul 15, 2004 10:44 am

I imagine Australia has tight security checks because we have troops in Iraq at the moment which doesn't make us a favourite nation of the terrorist organisations.

In addition to that, 80 or so Australians were killed in the Bali bombing.

The fact that we have troops in Iraq and the fact that our Government is aligning itself with the USA and UK basically means that the threat to us is taken seriously.

Personally I think too seriously, because Australia really isn't anything on the world scene, though you'd think so by the way our media acts.

By going into Iraq with the USA in particular, it's meant that we've scored a Free Trade Agreement with the USA - only the 7th country to get one. So we're being well compensated by being an ally really.

We have elections coming up this year sometime (date TBA), and if the opposition party comes to power, you can imagine that things will change somewhat.

Finally, I've only come across pleasant security screeners. I even got special treatment at Avalon because I had aerosols in my carry on baggage and the woman couldn't have been nicer. I asked her if most people minded it when they had to open bags and what not and she said I'd been the nicest so far. I think that if you're nice to them, they'll be nice back - instead of being annoyed because you've been singled out. Goes for most things really!

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RE: Australian Airport Security

Thu Jul 15, 2004 10:57 am

I frequently get singled out in Sydney. Dunno if it is my face... But I have experienced the nicest to the most obnoxious security screeners in Sydney. Dunno if this is due to the airline I am arriving on. MAS gets it the worse... I never had a problem flying in on SQ or QF.

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RE: Australian Airport Security

Thu Jul 15, 2004 12:46 pm

Rupesnz

Why do the Australian authorities have such a tough security check compared with other countries that arguably have a greater risk of being targets of terrorist activity?

You suggest through your language that there is some threat of terrorism. Osama Bin Laden has singled out Australia on numerous occasions, suggesting al quaeda may attack there. I see this security as prudent and valid.

Over the last few years I have traveled across most of SE Asia and the US and have never has security checks as stringent as in Australia.

So therefore Australia should lower security standards to match those of other countries? Please.

Is it just the desire for the Australian government to be the USA of the South Pacific and continually tries to out do the US in everything?

Why does it usually boil down to this? Do you think that security at Australian airports is there for show? To somehow boost the ego of Australians? If you are - then you are off your head.

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RE: Australian Airport Security

Thu Jul 15, 2004 6:39 pm

I do not think it would be too much of a problem in NZ. I heard that a KE flight had to turn back to SYD (something like 7 hours into the flight) because the Ozzie Authorities didn't check something, it was on the news. For a flight to turn back because of a certain alert is understandable, but when it is an incident which didn't seem that significant, and for the flight to turn back when it was over half way to it's destination is crazy.