Darwin airport to get explosive trace detection machines

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Australia's Darwin International airport will have two explosive trace detection machines at its domestic and international terminals by the end of the year.

The machines, already used throughout Australia to detect traces of explosives on people and objects, will come from a $100,000 funding from the government.

This is part of the Australian government's Australian dollars (A$) 200 million ($193.7 million) initiative to strengthen aviation security at the airports.

Under this initiative, funding will be provided to acquire a range of new security screening technologies such as body scanners, multi-view X-ray machines and additional firearm and explosive detector dogs.

Darwin International airport, which is the main gateway to northern Australia, announced earlier this year that it plans to expand its terminal area by around 55% as part of its redevelopment project to cater to growing passenger numbers.