Perth Airport bomb scare: AFP deploy bomb detection robot after canine detects ‘potential explosive’

Lauren Price & Phil Hickey
The Nightly
GEN AFP Incident at Terminal 2, Perth Airport.
GEN AFP Incident at Terminal 2, Perth Airport. Credit: Iain Gillespie/ Iain Gillespie

Perth Airport was swarmed by Australian Federal Police Thursday afternoon after a suspected bomb scare.

The response was sparked when an AFP canine dog — trained to detect explosives — “indicated there was potentially a suspicious item inside one of the lockers.”

“No illegal or dangerous items have been found,” an AFP statement said.

Sign up to The Nightly's newsletters.

Get the first look at the digital newspaper, curated daily stories and breaking headlines delivered to your inbox.

Email Us
By continuing you agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy.

“The area has reopened to the public.”

A bomb detection robot was deployed as part of the police response.

Multiple officers were called in to help.
Multiple officers were called in to help. Credit: Iain Gillespie/ Iain Gillespie

While an area between terminal 1 and 2 was also closed so AFP and police could do an extensive search.

Bags were also removed from lockers to be inspected by sniffer dogs to inspect.

An area of Perth Airport between terminals 1 and 2 was closed off as the AFP and WA Police officers searched the area.
An area of Perth Airport between terminals 1 and 2 was closed off as the AFP and WA Police officers searched the area. Credit: Iain Gillespie/ Iain Gillespie

Travellers were directed away from the impacted areas, however there were no evacuations and no flights were impacted by the operation.

The AFP said the size of the response reinforced the serious approach the AFP, Perth Airport, WAPF and partners took when it came to security matters.

“We thank the public for their assistance and patience during this incident.”

Fly-in, fly-out worker Elmer Omar said he missed his flight due to having to walk around the police tape.

“I’ve missed my flight to work because I’ve had had to walk the long way around,” he said.

Watching on at the bizarre incident, Mr Omar said it was “pretty weird”.

Other travellers, who were arriving for their flights, watched on as officers went through the locker contents and noted it was “the last thing they wanted to see” before they boarded their plane.

Latest Edition

The front page of The Nightly for 15-07-2024

Latest Edition

Edition Edition 15 July 202415 July 2024

Defiant Trump breaks silence on ‘miraculous’ survival after shock assassination attempt sparks search for answers.