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Canadian aviation authorities are about to distribute a “no-fly” list to Canadian air carriers.


September 20, 2007
Carey Fredericks

Almost six years after the 9-11 terrorist attacks on the United States, Canadian aviation authorities are about to distribute a “no-fly” list to Canadian air carriers.

The list will be made available to airlines on June 18, and will prevent people considered as immediate threats to aviation security from boarding commercial aircraft.

Under new regulations that will accompany the list, anyone who looks 12 years of age or older will have to show government-issued identification to board a plane.

Transport Minister Lawrence Cannon says the program, called Passenger Protect, will make Canada's aviation system more secure. It will also have an impact on international travellers. Airlines that fly into or out of Canada will also be required to screen passengers using the list.

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Transport Canada officials wouldn't say how many people will be included on the list when it's launched. People who are denied boarding because their name is on the list can contact what's being dubbed an “office of reconsideration” to have their status reviewed.