OTTAWA, Oct. 4, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister of State (Transport), joined by John S. Pistole, Transportation Security Administration's Administrator, today announced the extension of the US TSA Pre✓™ (pre-check) lanes to Canadian NEXUS members, making air travel smarter and faster within the United States.
As of November 15, 2012, Canadians who are members of the NEXUS program travelling within the U.S will be able to use their NEXUS cards for expedited screening at 27 participating U.S. airports.
"The Government of Canada and the United States are delivering on commitments to include Canadian NEXUS members in designated TSA Pre✓™ lanes as part of the Beyond the Border Action Plan," said Minister Fletcher. "This will mean smarter and faster air travel for Canadian NEXUS members traveling within the U.S., while maintaining a high level of aviation security."
"TSA is committed to expanding TSA Pre✓™ benefits to a growing passenger population in an effort to strengthen transportation security through risk-based methods," said Mr. Pistole. "The inclusion of Canadian NEXUS members in TSA Pre✓™ is an important step in further harmonizing the security screening process between the U.S. and Canada."
NEXUS is a joint program between Canada and the U.S. for pre-approved travellers to simplify border crossing while enhancing security. When travelling by air, NEXUS saves time by allowing members to use automated self-serve kiosks. The extension of this program is a result of the Beyond the Border Action Plan announced earlier this year by Prime Minister Harper and President Obama. Furthermore, this announcement supports border initiatives under the Action Plan, which aims to create jobs and growth in Canada and the U.S. by improving the flow of people between our two countries.
The Government of Canada encourages Canadians to apply for NEXUS to take advantage of the benefits. Details can be found at: www.nexus.gc.ca.
To find out how NEXUS members can access the TSA Pre✓™ lane and a list of participating U.S. airports please visit: www.tsa.gov.
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Steven Fletcher
Minister of State (Transport), Ottawa
TSA Media Contact
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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