Canada to United States airport security headaches continue

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The lines are getting longer as Canada is still conducting increased security checks of carry-on luggage, sometimes emptying the whole bag for searches as well as incorporating several different security check points. The Wall Street Journal has published a story this week saying that all in all, when flying from Toronto to the United States, you’ll have to line up at least eight times.

Almost two months after the December 25th attempting bombing of an American airplane, security at the Toronto airport is still a frustrating experience. Officials have said that the rules will be in place for a long time or at least until technology catches up. Full body scanners are expected to be installed at numerous Canadian and American airports in the coming months, and Pearson airport in Toronto has had one installed since last month, although some passengers can opt for a full-body pat down instead.

In Toronto, passengers are sometimes selected for secondary screening, and the Wall Street Journal reported that on one recent day four out of every five passengers were selected for this secondary screening, which includes the emptying of pockets, bags, purses and suitcases to have the contents carefully and meticulously searched, unfolded and picked through.

The United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently announced that they are also planning to begin randomly swabbing both passengers and belongings in the coming weeks for traces of chemicals known to be used in the manufacturing of explosives. The swabs are then inserted into an electronic sniffer onsite.

Michael Niren

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 Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

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