Minister Raitt reiterates the importance of partnerships to keep travellers secure and safe

OTTAWA, Oct. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport addressed the 2nd Annual International Airport Investigators' Training Symposium on the importance of partnerships to keep travellers secure and safe.

"Security cannot be an afterthought as it is critical to air transportation in Canada and around the world," said Minister Raitt. "It is the partnerships between law enforcement and other stakeholders that keep air travellers secure and safe."

In recent years, Canada has worked extensively with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in the shared commitment to aviation security.

"By working with our partners in aviation security, Transport Canada aims to strike a balance between security and efficiency," added Minister Raitt.

The Government of Canada has committed over $2 billion to aviation security since 2006.

Investments continue and include full body scanners and baggage screening equipment upgrades, as well as increases in the screening of air cargo and non-passengers. In addition, under the Canada-US Beyond the Border agreement announced in 2011, pre-screened low-risk travellers flying to the United States can get faster service by using their NEXUS cards to access designated security lines for pre-board screening at many of Canada's airports.

More information on the International Airport Investigators' Training Symposium can be found here:

SOURCE: Transport Canada

For further information:

Ashley Kelahear
Senior Communications Advisor
Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport

Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa

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