Australian Airports to Install Body Scanners in 2011

9 February 2010 (Last Updated February 9th, 2010 18:30)

Australia will install body scanners at its international airports in 2011 as part of a A$200m (US$175.41m) federal government plan to enhance airport security. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said the government will spend A$28.5m (US$25m) to help the industry pay for a range of new screenin

Australia will install body scanners at its international airports in 2011 as part of a A$200m (US$175.41m) federal government plan to enhance airport security.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said the government will spend A$28.5m (US$25m) to help the industry pay for a range of new screening technologies, including the latest full-body scanners.

The government will also spend A$17.7m (US$15.51m) to increase the number of firearm and explosive-detection dogs at major airports by 50%.

An amount of A$18.2m (US$16m) will be invested by the government to enhance security co-operation in the Asia-Pacific region for international flights.

The government plans to enhance intelligence sharing between customs and law enforcement agencies and improve technology by spending A$24.9m (US$21.82m).

Cargo X-ray screening and explosive trace detection technology will also be introduced at airports at an estimated cost of over A$50m (US$43.84m).

Other security measures include additional training for security screening staff and deploying more officers at last port of call locations to Australia.