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New report claims some general airport staff have criminal convicitons

MML

A new report claims up to 20% of general airport staff, with access to secure areas, have criminal convictions.

A Senate Committee started looking at the issue of aviation security back in 2014, following media reports that highlighted significant breaches.

After a many delays, the report has finally been handed down.

It shows up to 20% of all non-Customs staff, such as baggage handlers and cleaners who have access to secure areas, have criminal convictions.

Half of those have been linked to serious crimes, including drug trafficking and assault.

Senator Nick Xenophon says the inquiry also highlighted that contraband, including Tasers, bullets and knives are still getting through security screening.

He’s calling for the Government to adopt a U-S approach, whereby they have a one-stop shop for all aviation security matters.

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