No extra security for Auckland Airport

JOSH FAGAN
Last updated 11:43 04/07/2014

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Aviation Security Service says they have had no request from American authorities to ramp up screenings of bombs or explosives at Auckland International Airport, and there would be no extra security checks for passengers.

The US Homeland Security Department yesterday urged airlines with direct flights to the United States to tighten its screenings, due to renewed fears of a terrorist attack from al Qaeda affiliated militant groups.

Aviation Security spokesman Mike Richards said it was not expected to impact security checks at Auckland Airport - the only New Zealand airport with direct services to America.

"It's business as usual," he said.

"There's been no request for New Zealand to change security levels, and we're not anticipating any requests."

Three airlines operate direct flights to America from Auckland - Air New Zealand, Hawaiian Air and Qantas.

The airlines have been contacted for comment.

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