Two hours 'new normal' for airport check-ins

Travellers report record airport queues and traffic as Australia ups security after terror raids

Travellers report record airport queues and traffic as Australia ups security after terror raids

While the lines are reportedly being dealt with efficiently, travellers nationwide have been asked to arrive at least two hours before their flight to allow for the delays.

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

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. "We have to wait ages now for our plane because they said to be here early", said Brianna.

Security has been increased at Australian airports after police foiled "Islamic-inspired" plans for a bomb attack on an aircraft during counter-terrorism raids in which four men were arrested on Saturday, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) have confirmed.

"It may be that we need to look at the security settings at our airports - in particular our domestic airports - for an ongoing, enduring period", he said.

Meanwhile, domestic passengers are being told to arrive two hours before flight departures, and worldwide passengers three hours before, to allow for tougher checks including more intensive screening for explosives.

Passengers were urged to limit the amount of carry-on and checked baggage to clear security faster but there had been no changes to what could and couldn't be carried onboard.

The scene earlier on Sunday morning.

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

Travellers were met with lengthy delays at airports around the country as police and airlines conducted extra security checks.

'It seems to me at first blush to be a bit sensible that you know who is actually getting on the plane, ' he said.

The result has seen long queues and extensive waiting periods for interstate and worldwide travellers.

The government said 13 terror plots have been disrupted in the last three years and Australia would continue to work closely with global intelligence agencies to share information.

Dutton advised passengers to arrive at airports three hours prior to worldwide flights and two hours before domestic flights in order to facilitate the new security measures that were put in place.

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