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  • Program to Improve Airport Security

      Ottawa has announced that the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) will be launching a new Verified Traveller program, providing faster and more efficient screening experience for eligible travellers at select airports across Canada. The program provides travellers who have undergone extensive background checks with added benefits at select security screening checkpoints across Canada. This new Verified Traveller program will replace the current Trusted Traveller program. By June 21, 2023, dedicated Verified Traveller screening lines will be available at select…

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    Canadian Airline Introduces Strict Mask Policy with Repercussions for Violators

    WestJet has adopted a ‘zero tolerance mask policy’ to better ensure safe travel on its airplanes. Passengers who refuse to don a face covering may be denied boarding. For those who remove their masks during a flight, the violation could result in the return of the aircraft to the gate and the offending passenger removed. A one-year travel ban with the airline may also be imposed. The rules, which came into effect Sept. 1, apply to all passengers over the…

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  • Canada’s Flight Plan for Safe Travel Receives Support from Airlines, Airports

    Transport Canada has revealed its action plan to reduce the public health risks of COVID-19 while flying. The multi-layered system of safety protocols applies to both airports and planes. They include travel restrictions; mandatory use of face masks for passengers and crew; health checks prior to passenger boarding; temperature screening; restricted services and passenger movement during flights; and enhanced cleaning and sanitation practices. In airports, these designs and measures include enhanced air conditioning and filtration systems; frequent cleaning of high-touch…

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