You Need To Be At The Airport Two Hours Before Your Australian Domestic Flight Now

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Qantas confirmed in a statement this morning that passengers will need to arrive at the airport two hours before a domestic flight to allow for additional security screening.

The amped-up security measures were put in place by the Australian Government after four people were arrested in connection to a suspected terrorist plot to bring down an aircraft.

"The Australian Government has introduced additional aviation security measures at international and domestic terminals at Australia's major airports," the update from Qantas reads, "Customers can expect to experience an increased level of security scrutiny at the airport so it may take a little longer than usual to get through the process."

The airline advises:

  • Passengers should arrive at the airport two hours before domestic flights and three hours before international flights to allow ample time for screening.
  • Passengers should limit the amount of carry-on and checked baggage they travel with as this will help to ensure security screening is efficient.

Qantas says there are no changes to what can and cannot be carried on-board the aircraft.

It is unclear how long these measures will be in place. This story is developing.


    Im fifo and dont know how companies will respond to this, otherwise i will be awake at 2:30AM and will be expected to work until 6PM.

    Checking in on my phone the night before speeds everything up but i wonder just how much longer security will be...

      That's what I was thinking - I don't travel frequently for work, but when I do I'm almost always on the first flight out of a morning. 6am, give or take, -2 hours for security, -10 minutes for a park and getting to the terminal, -35 minutes to drive to the airport, -30 minutes to get ready in the morning = 2:45am wake up. Just so I'm still function that afternoon, I'd want to be travelling the previous night, which is a huge waste of time.

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