Indonesian Airports Step Up Security Following Attacks

Jakarta -- Indonesia is increasing security at all of its airports following Thursday's bombing attack on the Australian embassy here.

"We issued an official circular (to step up security) today," Director General of Air Transportation Cucuk Suryo told newsmen here on Friday.

He said this was the second request the government had made with regard to improvement of security at airports following the one made after the first round of the presidential election last July 5.

"A similar request has been made ahead of the final presidential election (on September 20) but this time it was made with more details (following the bombing on Thursday).

"So it is more than just a standard operating procedure," he said.

He said the government had already seen the potential of security threat to happen at air transportation services.

Citing an example, he said "some time ago a Lion Air aircraft was forced to return to base in Balikpapan after taking off for several minutes due to a bomb threat."

Cucuk said in case of an escalating threat the responsibility of security at the airport could be handed over to securty agencies.