Budget 2018 leads to $300 million security boost for Australian airports

AN ALLEGED plot to put a bomb on a plane leaving Sydney airport last year has triggered a range of major aviation security changes as a cost of almost $300 million.

Full body scanners and advanced x-ray equipment will be rolled out across major and regional Australian airports, with screening staff subjected to stricter training and security checks.

More than 140 counter-terrorism officers will be deployed at airports, with another 50 officers providing them with tactical intelligence and support.