Passengers flying from Abu Dhabi, Doha and Dubai to Australia will face increased airport security measures from this week as the Australian Government reacts to the ‘electronics bans’ recently imposed by the United States and the United Kingdom.
Affecting travellers aboard Qantas flights QF2 and QF10 from Dubai to Sydney and Melbourne, along with all Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways passengers aboard non-stop flights to Australia, the new rules introduce pre-flight ‘explosive trace detection’ screening for passengers and their baggage.
Taking place at the boarding gate – rather than the main airport security checkpoints – passengers will be randomly selected for the additional checks as they prepare to board.
Australia’s Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester shares that the process is similar to the existing ‘explosive trace detection’ measures in place for Australian domestic flights, which frequent travellers will be familiar with.
Importantly, electronic devices large and small – including laptops, tablets, smartphones and noise-cancelling headphones – will still be permitted in aircraft passenger cabins on flights from Abu Dhabi, Doha and Dubai to Australia, although “targeted screening of electronic devices” may also be in place.
“Our changes are in line with the UK, which recently announced that people travelling from Doha, Abu Dhabi and Dubai will be subject to random explosive trace detection (ETD) screening. I want to assure people that there is no specific threat to Australia,” the Minister added.
The increased measures won’t apply to Emirates’ Dubai-Bangkok-Sydney, Dubai-Singapore-Melbourne and Dubai-Singapore-Brisbane flights as all passengers on these routes exit the plane while in transit and clear security a second time before the onward Australia-bound leg.
There’s also no change to security procedures for passengers departing Australia on any international flights, including to Abu Dhabi, Doha and Dubai, or on flights bound for Australia from any other international destinations.