December 28, 2009 17:38 ET

Transport Canada: Update to Security Measures

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 28, 2009) - As a result of a terrorist incident on Northwest Flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit on December 26, 2009, additional security measures were put in place at Canada's airports for flights to the United States.

On December 28, Transport Canada put in place enhanced security measures for passengers on flights bound for the United States. Effective immediately, US bound passengers are not allowed to bring carry on bags into the cabin of the aircraft, with some exceptions.

Passengers may carry with them the following items: medication or medical devices, small purses, cameras, coats, items for care of infants, laptop computers, crutches, canes, walkers, containers carrying life sustaining items, a special needs item, musical instruments, or diplomatic or consular bags.

Transport Canada also has authorized the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) to use RCMP and local police officers to assist with some procedures specific to the screening process.

The purpose of this is to alleviate the immediate pressures at the security checkpoint resulting directly from the temporary emergency measures announced by Transport Canada on December 26th.

Additional searches of passengers and their exempted items will continue. Delays can be expected so passengers are advised to arrive at the airport three hours in advance of their scheduled flight.

These measures are expected to be in place at least for several days.

Travellers are reminded to be aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious behaviour to authorities.

For information on pre-board screening procedures or air travel within the US, please consult the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) website at or your travel agent.

Contact Information

  • Media Relations
    Transport Canada, Ottawa