Police prepare to search for evidence at a block of flats in the Sydney suburb of Lakemba on July 31, 2017, after counter-terrorism raids across the city at the weekend. AFP / WILLIAM WEST
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Two Lebanese-Australian men were charged with terrorism offenses after Australian police thwarted an alleged plot to blow up a plane, authorities said Thursday, as pilots warned of major airport security gaps despite efforts to tighten screenings.Four men were arrested in Sydney on Saturday accused of planning an attack using an improvised explosive device, prompting authorities to increase security at airports across the nation. The charges came as pilots – who have to be screened alongside air crew, retail workers and passengers at airports – said similar requirements were not in place for ground staff, who are instead issued with security cards.Butt said Australia needed to emulate the U.S. requirement for photo ID checks for passengers, while a former Sydney Airport security chief said security databases should be linked to booking systems.
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