So, we have nothing to fear in NZ, yet we need to upgrade our domestic airport security?

This is how terrorists win. They make us change our way of life, to live in fear…even though our politicians tell us we have nothing to fear.

Then riddle me this…if we have nothing to fear then why do we have to upgrade our airport security, which is annoying as it is?

A big clamp-down on security for domestic flights is likely, to stop terrorists putting bombs on New Zealand aircraft.

Prime Minister John Key revealed the possible changes at the APEC forum in the Philippines, where the fight against Islamic State is dominating the agenda.

A tiny bomb inside a soft drink is what Islamic State claims brought down a Russian jet over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.  It’s suspected to have been packed into the checked-in bags on the flight and wasn’t picked up in security X-rays, and that’s exposed a big loophole on New Zealand domestic flights.

“We just need to be more and more cautious,” says Mr Key.   

Checked bags go in the cargo hold below the plane and international flights are screened.

3 News has learned that there are no security checks on any checked bags on domestic flights in New Zealand.  That includes the bigger domestic jets flying between the main centres.

The Media party feeds the fear as well…oh no, we have no security checks on checked bags. Well the current security arrangements have been in place since 9/11 in 2001. How many bomb threats have there been in that time in New Zealand domestic flights? Oh, that’s right, none.

As part of a long-planned review, changes are also on the way for regional flights from smaller airports.  You may no longer be able to get straight on a plane without any security checks.

“We’re looking at a couple of initiatives in regional airports we might consider,” says Key.

More security checks may make travel more expensive.

“It’s not impossible, but if it was it would be very minor,” he says.

How ridiculous. As if anyone will blow up a plane leaving Palmerston North…everyone on that plane desperately wants to leave.


– 3News

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