2 Apr 2017

No plans for stricter security on flights from Middle East - CAA

6:02 pm on 2 April 2017

The Civil Aviation Authority has no plans at this stage to follow Australian authorities in ramping up security checks on flights from some Middle Eastern countries.

Emirates plane flying into the Auckland International Airport

Emirates and Qatar Airways are the only two airlines to fly directly from the Middle East to New Zealand. Photo: RNZ / Cole Eastham-Farrelly

Canberra has confirmed that from next week, passengers flying from Dubai, Doha and Abu Dhabi will undergo random explosive detection tests and targeted screening of electronic devices.

The Federal Transport Minister, Darren Chester, said while there was no specific threat to Australia, the extra security was a precautionary measure.

The move stops short of action taken last month by the United States and British governments to ban laptops, iPads, cameras and some other electronics from carry-on luggage.

Only two airlines fly directly from the Middle East to New Zealand - Emirates and Qatar Airways.

A spokesperson for the CAA said they would monitor the situation.