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Tougher Airport Security Checks

Australia and New Zealand have pledged more co-operation in the security screening of passengers before they board planes bound for either country. The countries will share information on passports and visas. One benefit of the exchange would be the prompt detection of attempts to use lost, stolen or forged passports when people checked in for flights. The arrangement was signed in Auckland yesterday by Foreign Affairs Minister Phil Goff and his Australian counterpart, Alexander Downer. The information swap will complement the countries’ advance-passenger processing system which is linked to all airlines. Mr. Goff said that since July, the system had prevented 179 people from boarding aircraft destined for New Zealand. That figure covers the period since it became compulsory for all airlines around the world to check travel documents before allowing boarding. Full Story

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