Security at Brisbane Airport has also been increased after a foiled terror plot in Sydney. A police officer goes through a bag. Picture: Adam Head
Security at Brisbane Airport has also been increased after a foiled terror plot in Sydney. A police officer goes through a bag. Picture: Adam Head

Brisbane Airport: Travellers should arrive early, pack light

PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull's warning about tighter airport security in the wake of a foiled terror plot that reportedly involved blowing up an aircraft has rung true in Brisbane.

Security at Brisbane Airport was visibly beefed up on Sunday, with travellers asked to arrive early and pack light.

Police stormed five Sydney properties on Saturday and arrested four men allegedly linked to the plot, with extra security measures extended to all major domestic and international terminals from yesterday.

While commuters at Sydney Airport and Adelaide Airport faced a chaotic scene of long queues as a result of the additional screening methods, Brisbane Airport was largely spared from delays or extra waiting times.

But there was a strong police presence, including officers and sniffer dogs, and extra visible physical bag checking.

An airport spokesman said travellers should stick to the new guidelines, which ask travellers to arrive two hours early to allow for additional scrutiny and bag checks, and to limit baggage wherever possible.

Flying back into Brisbane from Sydney on Sunday morning with her two daughters, Elyse Wallace said she faced long queues while departing, but was happy to arrive home on time.

"They were doing extra bag checks and extra swiping of bags, the whole thing took a little bit longer," she told The Courier-Mail.

"When I first arrived the queues were almost out the door ... but I didn't really hear anyone complaining, though maybe some people were getting a bit frustrated."

The Prime Minister yesterday confirmed there had been a "major joint counter-terrorism operation to disrupt a terrorist plot to bring down an aeroplane".

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull reacts during an address to media at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Offices, Sydney, Sunday, July 30, 2017 following yesterdays counter terror raids. Four men have been arrested after the NSW Joint Counter Terrorism team conducted raids throughout Sydney suburbs. (AAP Image/Sam Mooy) NO ARCHIVING
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull reacts during an address to media at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Offices, Sydney, Sunday, July 30, 2017 following yesterdays counter terror raids. Four men have been arrested after the NSW Joint Counter Terrorism team conducted raids throughout Sydney suburbs. (AAP Image/Sam Mooy) NO ARCHIVING

"Travellers should be prepared for additional scrutiny at screening points, and while it is important that Australians are aware of the increased threat, be assured we have the finest security and intelligence services in the world and they are working, as is my government, and all our governments around Australia, night and day to keep Australians safe," he said.

"Some of the measures will be obvious to the public, some will not be.

"Every day, every hour, we are focused on ensuring that our defences against terrorism are stronger than ever."

At the time of publishing there had been no change to the items passengers could travel with, and it was unknown how long the extra security measures would be in place.

Passenger Amanda Sutterby was travelling back to Melbourne from Brisbane yesterday, and said she had no nervousness about flying in the wake of the foiled terror plot.

"It doesn't change my life, or my behaviour," she said.

"I'm glad they've been caught, and I'm happy to go through the extra security if that's what's necessary - nothing is more important than people's safety."

News Corp Australia

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