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Posted: Jul 14 2017, 09:00 AM
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Former Federal Police officer pushes for ID checks on domestic flights
Friday, 14 July 2017 12:35AM
The days of booking a domestic flight in Australia and travelling without having to prove your identity must end, a former senior Australian Federal Police officer has argued.
Chris Douglas, a 30-year veteran of investigating organised crime and terrorism financing, believes the absence of identity checks for domestic travel remains the blind spot in fighting terrorism in Australia.
“This is a loose end that must be tidied up,” he told The West Australian.
“No one should be allowed to travel on a flight unless they have have been identified. I think even the public would expect if you’re boarding a flight in this day and age you should have had to prove your identity first.”
Unlike many other countries, including Japan, Vietnam and the US, it is still possible in Australia to have booked a domestic flight online, printed a boarding pass, dropped off baggage and boarded the plane without ever having to prove who you are.
Local and overseas airline websites advise passengers travelling domestically in Australia they “may need to provide valid identification”.
Mr Douglas, a former AFP acting head of operations in Perth who runs crime consultancy Malkara, has renewed the AFP’s own calls in a submission last year for tighter security.
Australian Aviation magazine is planning to publish his arguments next month.
Mr Douglas believes passengers should have to provide a form of identity, such as a passport or driver’s licence number, when they book a domestic flight and produce identification before boarding the plane.
Retail and online travel agents would be able to cross-reference the identification via an agreed database.
“Data sharing is already occurring in relation to financial institutions that use electronic verification when an account is opened online,” Mr Douglas said.
“I can’t believe that the insurance companies covering airlines don’t already insist on identification protocols.”
He disputes concerns the extra security would add to travel costs. and believes the public would support the move.
“Wouldn’t you want to be sure that authorities were as certain as they could be about who is on your flight?” Mr Douglas said.
How long before some bleating voice protests that this infringes on civil liberties?
In this day and age the safety of our citizens is vitally important. Only those with something to hide have something to fear.
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Posted: Jul 14 2017, 09:28 AM
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Everybody is Willing:
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Posted: Jul 14 2017, 09:36 AM
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Member No.: 11
Joined: 20-December 11
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Be easy to get id And what does it prove