Qantas flight: Sydney to Melbourne passengers were forced to rescreen over security breach

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More than 200 passengers were escorted off a plane overnight over a security screening issue at Sydney Airport.

Passengers on Qantas flight 487 from Sydney to Melbourne were told that a single passenger had not been screened properly on Wednesday night.

The issue was reportedly discovered when the plane was in mid air.

Patrick Durkin was on board the flight and told 7News the plane was delayed initially and then when they landed the captain made the unusual announcement that there was an unscreened passenger on the flight.

The passengers were then escorted off the plane at Melbourne Airport by Australian Federal Police and airport security to the security screening area.

“Obviously, (they had) machine guns and the like so everyone was a bit disturbed by that,” said Mr Durkin.

“The flight attendant I was talking to said she hadn‘t heard of it in her 20 years of flying.”

Qantas released a statement on Thursday morning explaining that a passenger on the flight had “inadvertently passed through the unscreened to screened part of the airport in Sydney”.

“As a precaution all passengers were escorted from the airport when it landed and taken through the screened part of the airport into the unscreened area,” it read.

“We will investigate to understand how this incident occurred and we apologise for any inconvenience to passengers on the flight.”

NCA Newswire has contacted Sydney Airport for comment.

It comes as a charter plane from Broome was reportedly turned around on Wednesday after a 17-year-old detainee allegedly attempted to rush the report, Nine News reported.

Originally published as Airport security breach forces 200 passengers to be escorted by AFP


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