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November 25, 2015

Indonesia increases security at airports

Indonesia has reportedly raised security level at airports from green to yellow for all gateways, in the wake of recent terror attacks and threats.

By Srivari Aishwarya

Indonesia has reportedly raised security level at airports from green to yellow for all gateways, in the wake of recent terror attacks and threats.

Consequently, all airports in the country will have increased number of army personnel, police and sniffer dogs, according to media sources.

Transport Ministry Aviation director general Suprasetyo was cited by The Sydney Morning Herald as saying that the increase in security at all airports is in response to recent terror attacks in Paris as well as bomb threat calls made to on Singapore Airlines and Turkish Airlines.

"This change reflects Australia’s close relationship with Indonesia and is part of the government’s agenda to boost our tourism sector and reduce red tape."

All airport guards and army personnel at the airport would begin intense security checks by conducting random vehicle checks, using more sniffer dogs to patrol cargo and baggage.

Local police head Roycke Harry Langie was cited by Channel NewsAsia as saying that security checks have been increased ‘from the entrance of the airport to the aircraft before it takes off’.

Earlier this year, the Australian Government announced plans to introduce new visa measures that would enhance tourism and business links with Indonesia.

Australian Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton said: "This change reflects Australia’s close relationship with Indonesia and is part of the government’s agenda to boost our tourism sector and reduce red tape."

In 2014, Australia received around 150,200 visitors from Indonesia to Australia, up 6% compared to 2013, and generating $600m for the country’s economy.

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