Turnbull Offers Reassurance Over Alleged 'Sophisticated' Terror Plot

Long queues form at Sydney Airport's T2 Domestic Terminal as passengers are subjected to increased security Sydney Australia on Monday

Long queues form at Sydney Airport's T2 Domestic Terminal as passengers are subjected to increased security Sydney Australia on Monday

Immigration and Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton said: "The security measures at the airports will be in place for as long as we believe they need to be, so it may go on for some time yet".

The counter-terrorism raids led to a ramping up of security at airports around Australia.

Travellers are now being advised to arrive at the airport two hours before flying domestically, and three hours early for worldwide flights.

The focus on airport security comes after police say they foiled an "Islamist-inspired" plot to bring down a passenger jet.

Four men arrested over the weekend have not been charged, but the Australian Federal Police (AFP) were granted an additional period of detention by a magistrate on Sunday so the men can be held for up to seven days without charge.

"The enhanced and upgraded security measures have been implemented in full at Canberra Airport and there are minimal delays to the public", the spokeswoman said.

The AFP has not released details of the plot, although a US official familiar with the arrests told Reuters that the target appeared to have been a commercial flight from Sydney to the Persian Gulf.

Australian police have alleged that a group of Sydney men were planning to use an "improvised device" to target the aviation industry however no details on a target, location, date or time have been uncovered.

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.

A spokesperson for Air New Zealand said the changes mean both the check-in and security screening processes may take longer than usual.

Increased security measures have been immediately put in place for global and domestic flights, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced this morning.

"We are encouraging our customers departing from Australian ports to check in early for their flights to allow for this", she said, adding that passengers on these flights are able to check in three hours before departure.

The spokeswoman reminded passengers security did not open until 5am so there was no need for passengers to arrive earlier.

On Monday, AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin told reporters that the plot specifics were still being investigated. "We have to wait ages now for our plane because they said to be here early", said Brianna.

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