Feds expand NEXUS lines at busiest airports
Stockwell Day, then-minister of public safety, demonstrates how to use a Nexus kiosk during the launch of the program at Edmonton International Airport in 2007. (QMI Agency file photo)
OTTAWA — Just in time for Christmas the federal government is opening more security screening lines for "low-risk travellers" at airports.
Transport Minister Lisa Raitt told reporters at Pearson airport in Toronto on Wednesday that NEXUS members and "trusted travellers" who have already gone through extensive background checks will be able to use the additional dedicated lines.
Canadian military personnel, pilots and those who have gone through extensive background checks are among those identified as "trusted travellers." NEXUS is a program for pre-approved travellers.
To speed things up at security, those in the NEXUS lines will no longer have to remove their hats, shoes, coats or belts. They can also keep their liquids in their bags.
"Average Canadians don't have to be put through such a frustrating experience," said Raitt. "This will still allow for good security at airports but in a more efficient way."
The new "dedicated lines" will be at four major airports: Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary.