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Security heightened in Australia after airplane bomb plot foiled

Airports in Australia are taking extra precaution checking baggage, following law enforcement's discovery of a terrorist plot to bring down an airplane.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Sunday said the plan had been disrupted, but would not comment on newspaper reports that Islamic extremists had been wanting to make a homemade bomb disguised as a kitchen tool, which would emit poison gas to either kill or impair the plane's passengers and crew. Four men have been arrested in raids, two Lebanese-Australian fathers and their sons, but they have yet to be charged, The Associated Press reports.

Travelers flying out of Australia are being told to bring a minimum amount of luggage, and to arrive several hours ahead of their flights in order to go through extra screenings.