Australia's Government is considering banning electronic tickets and automatic baggage check-ins, while also barring non-passengers from entering airport terminals to tighten airport security (Sunday Herald Sun, 09-Jan-2011). Changes considered for domestic airports include compulsory passenger identity checks and the possible implementation of a national ID card. The move comes after concerns of how easily criminal gangs and drug smugglers can access the airport undetected. Australian Federal Police Association is critical of electronic check-ins and has recommended the government ban the process.
Australia considers ban on e-tickets and automatic baggage check-ins
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