No one really likes going to the airport. It’s an exercise in patience, being told where to stand and attempting not to look sus as burly security guards give you the stank eye. And when you’re through, retailers chuck on some ‘airport premium’ and expect me to be totally cool with paying $8 and my first born child for a bottle of water.
With all the fucking around that comes with a visit to the airport, it’s not surprising that the majority of people prefer to spend as little time in those pits of despair as possible.
However, after the discovery of a terrorist plot to bring down a plane with a makeshift bomb, which lead to the arrest of four people, travellers will have to put up with delays and a massive influx of security personnel.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that “the threat of terrorism is very real” and also warned that airport security has been “enhanced and intensified” in light of the operation overnight.
“Some of the measures will be obvious to the public, some will not be,” he said of the current security arrangements. “Travellers should be prepared for additional scrutiny at screening points.”
Old mate Malcolm reckoned that domestic travellers should be turning up about 2 hours before their flight and asked them to “limit the amount of carry on and checked baggage so far as possible, as this will help to ensure that security screening is efficient.”
He also said that there’s no reason to be alarm and passengers should go about their business with confidence. Ah well, a two hour wait just gives you more time in the airport bar!
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