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Suspect package on Dubai flight causes Oz airport alert

Australian Federal Police confirm Perth drama after suspect bag found on Emirates plane.

A suspicious bag, which had arrived from Dubai on an Emirates airlines flight, was the focus of a controlled removal and testing at Perth Domestic Airport, the Australian Federal Police confirmed to Arabian Business on Monday.

On Monday morning, Perth local time, a suspect bag was identified within checked luggage at the Qantas terminal in Perth domestic airport, an Australian Federal Police (AFP) spokesperson said.

“It wasn’t a complete evacuation but some areas did have to be cordoned off when the bag was first located,” the spokesperson added when asked about reports in the Australian media that the airport had been evacuated as a result of a bomb scare.

The bag, which had arrived in Perth on an Emirates flight from Dubai, was intended to be forwarded on a domestic flight to Sydney.

Australian police, fire and emergency services arrived at the scene, the bag was removed from the terminal and analysis was carried out on four bottles found within the bag.

This caused what the spokesperson described as a “minor disruption” for passengers and planes in the airport at the time. Five flights were delayed and some passengers complained to the Australian media that they had to wait several hours for the luggage conveyor belts to restart.

The owner of the bag was identified and Australian police later met and questioned the passenger upon their arrival in Sydney. Further testing of the liquid and bag proved that the contents were not explosive and no charges were brought against the passenger.

“At no time was the public in any danger. Perth domestic airport remained open and operable at all times. There was some minor disruption as people were asked to move to different areas while the suspect bag was removed.

When contacted by Arabian Business, an Emirates spokesperson said they did not have any comment to make as the matter is currently under investigation by the Australian Federal Police.

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