Emirates and Etihad confirm "explosive detection screening" on Australia flights
Emirates and Etihad have both confirmed that passengers flying to Australia will be subject to additional security screening at the boarding gate from April 6.
The explosive detection screening will be carried out on randomly selected passengers. This comes after Australia’s Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester, confirmed that the new measures apply to direct flights to Australia from three airports – Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha.
Chester said in a statement:
“In response to national security advice the federal government has made precautionary changes and instructed airlines to implement new protocols from next week.
“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 screening.
“Explosive detection screening will be conducted for randomly selected passengers and their baggage. Checks may also include targeted screening of electronic devices.”
This means that four major airlines are affected by the heightened security – Emirates, Etihad, Qatar and Australia’s own airline, Qantas.
An Emirates spokesperson said: “Emirates can confirm that following new guidelines received from the Australian government, our flights to Australia will be subject to reinforced security measures, starting April 6. The new directive requires additional screening at the gate, but there is no restriction on electronic devices.”
Although you will still be able to take your electronic devices onto the flight, it’s best to arrive at the gate in plenty of time to allow for the additional screening.
An Etihad spokesperson has also confirmed the new checks.
Last month the US banned large electronic devices from carry-on luggage, in what is being called the “laptop ban”. The restrictions were placed on the UAE, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Turkey and Morocco.
The United Kingdom implemented a similar ban on flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia.