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Canadian airports installing improved X-ray scanners

Nov. 24, 2009 – Ottawa is spending $27 million on advanced new X-ray equipment to scan carry-on bags at Canada's major airports.


November 24, 2009
By Administrator

Nov. 24, 2009 – Ottawa is spending $27 million on advanced new X-ray equipment to scan carry-on bags at Canada's major airports.

Officials say the new systems will make it easier to spot potential threats and could speed up the trip through the screening line-up.

The equipment will be instilled at airports in Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax by February.

A spokesman for the Canadian Air Transportation Security Authority says Calgary, Winnipeg and Ottawa airports will get the system in the next fiscal year.

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The advanced scanners also have the capability of detecting liquid explosives but authority spokesman Mathieu Larocque says that feature is still being tested.

If it works, there's a chance Canada, the U.S. and Europe may agree to ease blanket restrictions on bringing liquids aboard flights, but Larocque stresses that decision won't happen any time soon.