Australia spends $173 million on airport security

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 9, 2010 08:44

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia announced its response Tuesday to the attempted terrorist attack on an airliner over the United States last Christmas: a $AU200 million ($US173 million) upgrade of airport security around the country that will cause passenger delays.

A key element in the four-year upgrade will be body scanners installed at major international airports by early this year, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said.

Screening of passengers and baggage will also be enhanced with multiview X-ray machines and bottle scanners capable of detecting liquid explosives, he said.

Numbers of dogs capable of detecting firearms and explosives will be increased and more passengers will be tested for traces of explosives.


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