Millions of passengers flying on domestic airlines in Australia will be forced to show proof of identification in a massive offensive against airport security.
Interior Minister Peter Dutton will introduce new legislation in parliament on Wednesday afternoon, which will require travelers to show a passport, driver's license, Medicare or student card when requested.
The proposed changes come after law enforcement agencies expressed concern that airports still face huge security risks.
"We have to be realistic about the threat and it's ridiculous that police officers no longer have this ability," Dutton told The Courier Mail.
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Millions of Australian airline passengers will be affected by the new airport security laws
Dubbed as "The powers of the police in the airports law", the authorities may ask passengers to show their identification if they consider it suspicious.
They say that officers will not do random checks on passengers, and that they will be trained to target people who believe they are acting suspiciously or about people with whom they have prior information.
WHAT IDENTIFICATION CAN PASSENGERS PRESENT?
Security will accept a driver's license, passport, student card or Medicare card.
In some cases, depending on the circumstances, passengers may give the officer his name, date of birth and address, who can verify remotely.
The laws pushed by the parliament after alleged terrorists allegedly attempted to smuggle an explosive on a flight from Sydney to Abu Dhabi in July last year.
In that case, a trio of brothers allegedly planned to place the bomb on the plane by placing it in the hand luggage of an involuntary fourth brother who was traveling to Abu Dhabi to visit his family, but the plot was frustrated when he was there. He said that his bag was too heavy.
Court documents revealed that the men allegedly relied on insider information at the Sydney airport to carry the bombs beyond the security checkpoints.
Identified passengers will be asked to show identification in the form of a driver's license or passport.
Australian federal police and security agencies are also concerned about bikies and organized crime syndicates travel nationally under false names.
The laws could be implemented in a dozen Australian airports as early as June of next year.
Dutton said that around 23 million passengers used the Brisbane airport every year & # 39; and hope to do it safely & # 39;.
Passengers at the airports of Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Townsville, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin, Hobart, Launceston and Alice Springs may be asked to show identification.
The laws, which will be presented to Parliament on Wednesday, occur when authorities say airports still run a huge security risk.