Sydney Airport looks to biometrics for passport-free travel

Sydney Airport looks to biometrics for passport-free travel

Travellers are also being being urged to limit the amount of baggage they take on flights to help speed up the screening process.

Despite the disruption to business, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief James Pearson said he recognised the safety and security of the travelling public had to come first.

The new measures caused chaos and huge delays at major airports over the past two days, with Sydney’s domestic Terminal 2, that handles Jetstar, Virgin and Tiger flights, seemingly the worst affected, with queues stretching well outside the terminal doors on Monday.

Airline passengers are experiencing long delays at Australian airports as security is beefed up following a number of terror raids over the weekend.

Passengers departing Brisbane Airport on Monday have been warned to prepare for possible delays due to emergency security measures brought in nationally after an alleged terror plot was foiled in Sydney.

Sydney Airport also plans to use that same facial recognition technology to measure ‘traveller sentiment’ in real-time throughout its international terminal: that is, whether passengers are happy and enjoying the airport stage of their journey, or whether they’re lost, frustrated, running late or bored.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the government is “constantly upgrading and improving our security services and our whole operation”.

“We’ve checked in but we’re just waiting to drop bags because we were here too early”, said Anthony.

Passengers face delayed screening at Sydney Airport.

SITA’s President Asia Pacific, Sumesh Patel, explains that “for the passenger, across their entire journey, they’ll cut their processing times by almost 70%”, thanks to both automated processing and smaller gains in time in not needing to store and retrieve their documents at every stage until the gate.

But some security experts have called for all domestic travellers to be made to produce photo identification when checking in.

Travellers were met with lengthy delays at airports around the country as police and airlines conducted extra security checks.

Meanwhile, domestic passengers are being told to arrive two hours before flight departures, and international passengers three hours before, to allow for tougher checks including more intensive screening for explosives.

“We’re here too early”.

There are no changes to what can and cannot be carried on-board an aircraft.

Mr Henning pointed out that trace testing at airports did not include looking for “plastic explosives hidden in a toothpaste tube quite capable of taking an A380 out of the air”.

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