Amendment to the Canadian Aviation Security Regulations, 2012 (Non-Passenger Screening)

The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) is responsible for screening non-passengers (e.g. airport and airline workers, maintenance staff, retailers) and their belongings before they enter airport restricted areas to meet Transport Canada’s regulations.

A more stringent International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standard for screening and security controls for non-passengers came into effect in July 2013. The ICAO standard requires member countries to ensure that non-passengers and items they carry are subject to screening and security controls, prior to entering restricted areas serving international air operations. CATSA increased its non-passenger screening operations at Canadian airports serving international flights when the more stringent international standard was introduced in July 2013.  The amendment to the regulations enables Canada to continue meeting the new standard.

The amendment was published in the Canada Gazette Part II on July 2, 2014 and comes into effect on July 14, 2014, requiring airports to ensure that non-passengers enter the airports’ restricted areas at only those access points where CATSA is conducting screening.  Airports will be required to prevent non-passengers from entering the restricted area through other access points. Transport Canada supports the enhanced international standard and is committed to continuously improving the security of Canada’s aviation system.

July 2014

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