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Australia upgrades airport security after alleged bomb plot

AP  |  Canberra 

The has announced an upgrade in around the country and an increase in police powers in response to an alleged attempt to smuggle an improvised aboard an flight out of last year.

The government said today that it will spend 294 million Australian dollars ($222 million) on improving and staffing levels at all major city airports plus 13 regional airports.

It follows an alleged attempt to check in a bag containing military-grade explosives into the luggage hold of an A380 double-decker jet headed to the last July.

The rejected the bag at the check-in counter because it was overweight. Two men have been charged with planning a terrorist act.

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 09:20 IST