Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada

August 10, 2006 07:47 ET

Canada's New Government Announces Increased Security Measures for Airports and Air Travel

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 10, 2006) - The Hon. Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety and the Hon. Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced increased security at all Canadian airports following a major counter-terrorism operation in the United Kingdom. Individuals in the UK were allegedly intent on committing acts of terrorism using explosives on flights destined to North America.

"We have been in contact with the United States Homeland Security Secretary, Michael Chertoff, and UK Home Office Secretary, John Reid, to discuss the heightened security measures that are being put in place", said Minister Day. "Our officials are working closely with officials in the UK, the US, and other allies to protect the safety and security of Canadians. We commend the UK on disrupting this significant terrorist threat."

"In light of these events in the UK, the Government of Canada has implemented aviation security measures to help ensure the ongoing security of the travelling public" said Minister Cannon.

The following security measures are in place until further notice:

- Effective immediately and for all flights to and from the UK and the US, liquids or gels in containers of any size are not permitted to be brought onboard by passengers; this includes liquids or gels in carry-on baggage; and

- Effective 12 p.m. EST and for all other flights, including Canadian domestic flights, liquids or gels in containers of any size are not permitted to be brought onboard by passengers; this includes liquids or gels in carry-on baggage.

Liquids or gels in containers of any size include: all beverages, shampoo, suntan lotion, creams, toothpaste, hair gel, and other items of similar consistency.

Passengers may bring aboard baby formula, breast milk, or juice if a baby or small child is travelling. Prescription medicine with a name that matches the passenger's ticket, insulin and essential other non-prescription medicines are allowed.

Passengers should pack liquids or gels in checked baggage.

The Government of Canada advises all air travellers to keep these measures in mind when preparing for a flight, and to contact their carrier regarding any possible delays.

The Government Operations Centre is coordinating the response of federal departments and agencies, and will be communicating with provinces and territories throughout the day as needed.

Canadians traveling in the UK, North America and Europe can expect some delay related to increased security measures in all airports.

The Government of Canada remains committed to taking all measures necessary to protect the safety and security of Canadians.

For more information, please visit www.tc.gc.ca.

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