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Lines, delays eased at Pearson airport

Dec. 30, 2009, Toronto – After days of lineups snaking through Canada's busiest airport and long delays for U.S.-bound flights, it appears as though the situation has eased.


December 30, 2009
By Melissa Damota

Dec. 30, 2009, Toronto – After days of lineups snaking through Canada's busiest airport and long delays for U.S.-bound flights, it appears as though the situation has eased.

Scott Armstrong, a spokesman for the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, says it's “pretty close'' to a normal day at Pearson International Airport.

New restrictions for flights to the U.S., including no carry-on bags allowed, were put in place after a thwarted alleged attempt to blow up a plane on Christmas Day.

The ensuing confusion for travellers and enhanced security measures created long lineups and hours-long flight delays as well as cancellations.

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Today Armstrong says about 12 flights have been cancelled, about one per cent of the total daily flights _ which is normal, and any lineups are standard length.

Transport Canada spokeswoman Melanie Quesnel says no decisions have yet been made about when or if the new restrictions will be lifted.