• Sydney, Melbourne Airports now using full body scanners

    Sydney and Melbourne Airport are now using controversial full-body scanners, with international travellers being randomly selected for screening -- and unable to opt out unless they have a solid medical reason. Passengers who are selected for a body scan  but "refuse to undergo th...

    POSTED 10 Dec, 2012 36 Comments

  • Liquid restrictions to be lifted at Australian airports in 2013

    Liquid, aerosol and gel restrictions for hand luggage of overseas travellers will be lifted from all Australian airports in 2013, but laptops and tablets will still need to be hauled out of your bag. Sophisticated new security equipment being installed at international airports around Austr...

    POSTED 21 Nov, 2011 1 Comment

  • US to let low-risk travellers skip some security checks

    Four US airports have begun trials of a streamlined security system which lets 'trusted travellers' zip through their own lane without removing their belt, shoes and jacket, or unpacking their laptop and toiletries from carry-on cabin baggage. The "TSA Pre ?" (as in 'Pre-Check') program is runni...

    POSTED 10 Oct, 2011 0 Comments

  • Qantas flights resume following security breach at Sydney Airport

    LATEST: Qantas flights from Sydney Airport's domestic terminal have recommenced, following a security breach late this morning when two people entered the secure area of the terminal without undergoing standard security screening. A Qantas spokesperson confirmed to Australian Business Traveller ...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2011 0 Comments

  • Melbourne Airport gets controversial body scanners

    Melbourne Airport's international terminal will trial controversial 'millimetre wave' body scanners this month. Passengers will be given the option of walking through the conventional 'arch' or using the new full-body scanner during the trial period, which starts on Monday September 5th and...

    POSTED 2 Sep, 2011 8 Comments

  • Travel tip: quickly and easily cruise through airport security

    Getting through airport security checks with a minimum of delay and hassle is one of the holy grails of business travel. Here are the top five tips of the frequent flyers. 1) Choose your line carefully  If you take one tip away with you, take this one: don't be afraid to pick the line you ...

    POSTED 4 Aug, 2011 2 Comments

  • Norway bomb: flight disruption worldwide likely after Oslo explosion

    A car bomb has hit central Oslo, the capital of Norway, with shootings following closely in Utoeya, a rural area near the capital. Travellers worldwide will experience additional security checks at airports, with flight delays potentially following. In Oslo, a car bomb exploded outside...

    POSTED 23 Jul, 2011 1 Comment

  • US airports abandon 'naked' security checks

    The Transport Security Administration in the US has announced that it will modify its millimetre wave scanning technology so security screeners no longer see a 'naked' body. Instead, screeners will see a generic outline of a body with an indication of where further physical investigation might b...

    POSTED 21 Jul, 2011 0 Comments

  • Airports monitoring passenger mobile phone signals

    Airport security are monitoring mobile phone signals -- but not for the reason you might think. No, it's not a clandestine operation to detect airline bombers before they set off a bomb in the cargo hold. It's about giving passengers accurate estimations of how long they're going to be waiting ...

    POSTED 21 Jul, 2011 0 Comments

  • Australian airports to get x-ray body scanners for 12 month trial

    Full body scanners that penetrate to the skeletal level will be introduced into Australian airports for a year-long trial. Legislation passed in Parliament today approving the use of the scanners, however the government will only say that they will be introduced "later this year" and won't say w...

    POSTED 4 Jul, 2011 0 Comments

  • Security and safety advice for Australians after bin Laden death: the latest from DFAT

    Government security agencies and foreign ministries around the world are ramping up their safety advice to travellers following the death of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan.  Concerned about reprisal strikes by al Qaeda and associated groups, western travellers are being advised to ...

    POSTED 3 May, 2011 0 Comments

  • How to use contact lens holders to carry small amounts of liquids, gels and creams

    Heading away for a short business trip and frustrated by how much of your carry-on luggage your liquids bag is taking up? Use a contact lens holder to take only a bit with you for a short business trip. Contact lens holders are leakproof, light and compact. That makes them perfect for transporti...

    POSTED 29 Mar, 2011 1 Comment

  • Could 'security tunnels' help frequent travellers breeze through airports?

    We could all be spending a lot less time in airport security lines in the near future if the International Air Transport Association has anything to do with it. Rather than today's approach of a single security line for all passengers, IATA head Giovanni Bisignani is advocating a more intelligen...

    POSTED 15 Dec, 2010 0 Comments

  • Now airport security cameras are watching ... your eyes

    Passengers travelling from Manchester Airport in the north of England will have their eyes scanned at check-in, and then tracked as they walk around the airport. While biometrics systems, technologies which use physical traits to identify individuals can be time-consuming to use, the eye-scannin...

    POSTED 18 Nov, 2010 0 Comments

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