Australia has become the latest country to expand its security measures for passengers flying from Muslim-majority middle eastern regions, citing safety concerns.
The country’s new rules follow in the footsteps of those recently imposed by the United States and Britain, but without the same ban on electronic devices in passenger cabins.
The amplified restrictions will apply to passengers flying directly to Australia from Doha, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai.
“In response to national security advice the Federal Government has made precautionary changes and instructed airlines to implement new protocols from next week,” said Australia’s Transport Minister Darren Chester on Friday.
“Explosive detection screening will be conducted for randomly selected passengers and their baggage. Checks may also include targeted screening of electronic devices.”
The airlines targeted in Australia’s new set of rules are Qantas and Gulf carriers Etihad, Emirates and Qatar Airways.
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