Canada's Airports Safe, Airports Group Says

    OTTAWA, March 22 /CNW Telbec/ - In reacting to a report from Senator
Kenny issued yesterday, the Canadian Airports Council, the national
association representing Canada's airports, today said Canada enjoys one of
the safest and most secure aviation systems in the world.
    "Canada's aviation system today is at the forefront of the world in
safety and security," said Canadian Airports Council President and CEO Jim
Facette. "Canadians should feel confident that they are flying one of the
safest aviation systems in the world."
    In addition to passenger screening and world-standard restrictions on
items that can be carried aboard passenger aircraft, Canada is a leader in
making aviation safe through such measures as:

    1) Restricted Area Identification Cards (RAIC) for airport workers - a
       biometric identification system for airport workers that ensures that
       everybody with secure access to an airport is who they say they are
       and have valid security clearance for that part of the airport. Every
       worker with a RAIC card and secure access at Canada's airports
       undergoes aggressive background checks before they are provided
       security clearance.
    2) Hold Baggage Screening - 100% of checked bags on passenger aircraft in
       Canada are screened and any suspicious items identified are further
    3) Supply Chain Security of Airport Products - Security of products sold
       at Canadian airports is maintained through a supply chain security

    "The Senator's report takes a simplistic look at aviation security, which
owes its strength to the combined layers of security that are constantly being
evaluated and modified to meet anticipated threats," said Mr. Facette.
"Security of Canada's aviation system is about constantly learning and
improving; this process is never complete, nor should it ever be."
    Canada's airports say that the security of our aviation system is
everybody's concern and airports work closely with Transport Canada, CATSA and
the other partners in our system to ensure that it remains safe and secure.

    About the Canadian Airports Council

    The Canadian Airports Council (CAC) is the voice for Canada's airports.
Its 43 members represent more than 150 airports, including all of the National
Airports System (NAS) airports and most significant municipal airports in
every province and territory. Together, CAC members handle virtually all of
the nation's air cargo and international passenger traffic and 95% of domestic
passenger traffic. They create well in excess of $30 billion in economic
activity in the communities they serve. And more than 150,000 jobs are
directly associated with CAC member airports, generating a payroll of more
than $8 billion annually.

For further information:

For further information: Daniel-Robert Gooch, Director of
Communications, Canadian Airports Council, (613) 560-9302 ext 16,

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