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Australia tightens security checks on airport staff

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Airport ramp personnel at Australia's major airports, who are wearing reflective vest, will face additional screening measures as part of a security crackdown.

The tighter controls come after authorities foiled an alleged terror plot to bring down a plane leaving Sydney Airport in July. Australian baggage handlers and airport staff working in restricted zones will be subject to random tests for explosives. Inspections will also be carried out on employees' belongings and vehicles.

The government said about 140,000 workers had access to secure zones in airports. The changes follow concerns raised by union and intelligence experts about the screening of staff, many of whom are on casual contracts. "These measures strengthen existing controls to ensure airport workers are authorized, identified and trained before entering secure airside areas," Transport Minister Darren Chester said.

Even the stuff employing in airport is temporary. But as documents required, those who are working on construction, maintenance, utility emergency, airport ramp and other conditions are routinely exposed to the hazards of low visibility must wear safety vest while on the job.

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