Cockpit doors on board flights within New Zealand will be strengthened to prevent passengers attacking pilots, but further security options could prove too expensive.
The Government yesterday released its long-awaited report into aviation security after an alleged hijacking of a flight from Blenheim to Christchurch last year.
Asha Ali Abdille, 34, a Blenheim vineyard worker, was accused of hijacking a passenger flight from Blenheim to Christchurch on February 8, 2008.
The report found the screening of carry-on baggage on domestic flights would be the best way to improve security, however it would come at a cost.
Baggage screening would cost up to $161 million over 10 years if implemented in the country’s 14 busiest airports, with costs being passed onto passengers through an additional security tax of about $5 per flight.
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