Canadian Air Transport Security Authority

Canadian Air Transport Security Authority

May 17, 2010 13:07 ET

Air Travellers to Benefit From New Expedited Airport Security Screening

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 17, 2010) - Canadian air travellers with NEXUS cards can now be expedited through designated airport security screening lines, when travelling on domestic and select international flights (excluding travel to the United States) through three Canadian airports: Ottawa's Macdonald-Cartier, Toronto's Lester B. Pearson and Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airports. 

The new Trusted Traveller/NEXUS trial program is being offered by the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) in conjunction with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and Transport Canada. The program is beneficial as it allows NEXUS cardholders to be expedited through airport security screening, and will reduce wait times for travellers at other screening lines.

"Our Government is committed to finding ways to improve both border efficiency and maintain a safe and secure border," said the Honourable Rob Merrifield, Minister of State (Transport). "The NEXUS program is another useful tool to achieve those goals."

"With this new initiative, CATSA can take advantage of an existing security program to improve customer service and efficiency at airport checkpoints," said Kevin McGarr, CATSA's President and Chief Executive Officer. "The designated screening lines for NEXUS members will help us make the best use of available resources and space, while enhancing the passenger experience and maintaining high security standards."

"It is a delicate process to balance safety and security with making travel easier, whether at the border or in the airport," said Stephen Rigby, President of the CBSA. "We are pleased that our trusted traveller program can help our partners achieve that balance."

All Canadians can apply for a NEXUS card. To be successful, applicants must undergo a rigorous risk assessment by both the Canadian and American governments. CATSA and CBSA work in collaboration with U.S. Customs and Border Protection on the NEXUS program. Successful applicants receive a photo identification card containing basic personal information and a radio frequency identification (RFID) chip. Passengers will have to show their NEXUS card and boarding pass to access the Trusted Traveller/NEXUS line, where they will be subjected to pre-board screening.

CATSA will be analyzing the results of the Trusted Traveller/NEXUS trial program, and based on the results will decide whether to expand the program to other airports.

CATSA, established on April 1, 2002, is a federal Crown corporation that operates on a not-for-profit basis. It is responsible for the provision of key aviation security services such as pre-board screening of passengers and their belongings; random screening of non-passengers; and the acquisition, deployment and maintenance of explosives detection equipment at airports. CATSA is also responsible for the development and implementation of a restricted area identity card incorporating biometric features.

Contact Information

  • For more information on the
    the Trusted Traveller/NEXUS trial program
    1-888-294-2202
    www.catsa.ca
    or
    For information about NEXUS
    1-866-NEXUS-26
    www.nexus.gc.ca