Australia police release man in plane 'terror plot' probe

Australia police release man in plane 'terror plot' probe

Australian police, however, have not named the airline that was allegedly targeted in the plot - which authorities say was inspired by Islamist extremism - nor have they identified the manner in which the attackers planned to bring down the aircraft aside from noting it involved an "improvised device".

The extra measures "will involve some inconvenience to the travelling public, but I think people will appreciate that while we're continuing this investigation, we're taking these heightened security measures to ensure the travelling public remains safe", he added.

Police have been searching five properties across Sydney after four men were arrested in raids on Saturday.

Due to the recent spate of terror attacks in Britain and France, and the extremely high security protocols around U.S.travel restrictions, Bishop said terrorist groups are probably looking for targets that appear soft and trying to "test the water, to see if they could pull an attack off".

Arriving at the airport much earlier than your actual flight time is good advice in general, but thanks to recently introduced "security measures" from the government, the major airlines are now recommending worldwide passengers arrive up to three hours before their scheduled departure times and two hours for domestic trips.

"It's a very serious allegation to have against you", Mr Kheir said.

The two men facing charges will appears in a Sydney court on Friday morning.

Neither NSW or Australian Federal Police would comment on the matter when contacted by news.com.au because the investigation is ongoing.

The country's two biggest domestic airlines, Qantas Airways and Virgin Australia, did not immediately respond to questions concerning the changed threat level. "We want to review all the information police had and what basis they had to do what they did".

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull wouldn't be drawn on Mr Merhi's release when asked while in Albany.

He told reporters in Perth that the times passengers had been advised to arrive at airports would return to normal after being extended following the alleged plot which "has been disrupted and it has been contained".

Etihad Airways has confirmed it is assisting with the investigation. At the moment they are employed by subcontractors and don't have to be screened, " Mr Butt said.

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