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New security measures in effect for U.S.-bound flights

NEWS STAFF | posted Wednesday, Jul 19th, 2017

A CATSA employee performs security checks of passengers and their carry-on luggage at a security screening area at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., on Feb. 6, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
New “enhanced security measures” go into effect Wednesday for U.S.-bound flights out of Canada and more than 100 other countries.

The new measures include extra screening for electronic devices and tighter security protocols in passenger areas and around aircraft.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials say they are expanding security screenings because it is seeing a “spider web of threats to commercial aviation as terrorist pursue new attack methods.”

Officials say they will be expanding the use of canine screening and adding more pre-clearance locations at around 280 airports affected by the new measures.

All commercial flights to the U.S. will be subject to the new measures, impacting an average of 325,000 passengers on a daily basis.

WestJet and Air Canada are advising passengers to arrive at the airport at least two hours before their U.S. departure to make sure they are screened with plenty of time. Travellers should also remove personal electronic devices from the case before entering security lines.


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