Australian PM Says Plot to Bring Down Plane Disrupted

Sydney police foil terror plot

Australian federal police commissioner, Andrew Colvin, said there was nothing to suggest airport security had been compromised, but described the plot as credible.

Increased security measures were extended to all major worldwide and domestic terminals across Australia on Saturday night.

"Travellers should be prepared for additional scrutiny at screening points, and while it is important that Australians are aware of the increased threat, be assured we have the finest security and intelligence services in the world and they are working, as is my government, and all our governments around Australia, night and day to keep Australians safe", he said.

Passengers taking a domestic flight this week in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Adelaide have been advised to check in two hours before to allow enough time to get through the heightened security measures. "Some of the measures will be obvious to the public, some will not be", Turnbull said.

"Police will allege they had the intent and were developing the capability", Turnbull told Australian Broadcasting Corp. Passengers were also advised to limit the amount of checked baggage and carry-on to help ensure efficient security screening.

"We are closely following the terrorism investigation in Australia and assisting our partners", DHS said in a statement.

Four men have been arrested after the NSW Joint Counter Terrorism team conducted raids throughout Sydney suburbs.

At a time when "lone wolf" and low-tech terror attacks - such as vehicle-ramming and stabbings - have become more commonplace, especially in Europe, the thwarted plot sounds more akin to those of past years, when terrorists sought to carry out more high-profile attacks on aircraft, using bombs hidden in hand-luggage liquids, shoes or underwear. "You can expect longer delays to make sure that more screening is being done on baggage", he said.

"We're constantly evaluating the most appropriate way to move a crowd through the airport to get them safely to their destination", he told reporters at Melbourne airport.

Federal Labor has made a pitch to passengers stuck in long queues at the nation's airports by calling for extra money and staff to manage tighter security measures.

Australia's national terror threat level remains at "probable" - the third level on a scale of five.

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