The Australian Federal Police are going to be given powers to check ID’s at airports soon. The reasoning is because Airline Company’s now have self service check-ins and the person that boards the plane isn’t necessarily the ticket purchaser. So anyone could buy a ticket and give it to someone else to use. This according to the ABC has happened before with 60 people being charged with flying under false names. If that is all they’re charged with it just sounds like more government control on the citizens and more help to the big Airline Company’s at the expense of the people.
This can mean that if you work away and someone can’t use their ticket for any reason they will not be able to give it away to someone else to use. So the person who can’t use the ticket will lose money and the person who could have benefitted will have to purchase a new ticket. Similar if you have to go to a funeral or wedding and you can’t make it at the last minute you won’t be able to give away your ticket to someone who can go. Well no surprise that the winner will be the Airline Company.
A simple solution if the government were serious about looking after its citizens and creating jobs would be to get rid of self service and employ some human beings. But that won’t happen because they are more interested in looking after the bottom line of big companies.
An aviation security consultant, Roger Henning, said in the ABC article that “There are items that bypass the scanners. For example C4 plastic explosive”. Way to keep that a secret if it’s true Mr. Henning.