Traveling in Canada? Airport Security Might Move Faster Now

Canadian travelers expected to move 30% faster thanks to new rules

Last year around this time, we were bringing you up to date information on new airport security rules because on December 25th, 2009, there was an attempted bombing of an American plane. After the incident, airport security went a bit haywire in addition to the already-strict airport security measures put into place after September 11th, 2001.

As of February 3rd, some Canadian airport security rules will be relaxed while others will be strengthened as Canadian officials try to get rid of some of the sillier-seeming rules and beef up security where it matters. According to the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, these changes will allow people through the airport lines about 30% faster.

Essentially, people traveling from Canadian airports can stop worrying about whether they forgot to remove the manicure scissors from their carry-on luggage. Ice skates and diabetic needles have also been reported in the media as items that can now be added to carry-on luggage.

Heaver security measures coming to Canadian airports

Travelers may have to worry about other things, because there will be new measures introduced over the next five years including:

Passenger Protect Program, a new program that will keep people off of a flight if they pose an “immediate security risk”, as well as more in-depth criminal background checks on airline or airport workers and bringing in more full-body scanners to Canadian airports. There haven’t been many details released about these new security measures, except that they’ll cost about $1.5 billion.

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the American Bar Association. He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

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