Assistance is on the way in which for individuals erroneously flagged as safety threats on the “no-fly record,” Public Security Minister Invoice Blair introduced Wednesday.

The minister stated he hopes to have a new system for people who’ve names much like these of real terror threats in place later this month — and up and operating in time for the vacation journey season.

“It wasn’t simply an inconvenience. It was very traumatic for these households, and I believe it is regarding to the children,” Blair stated in an interview with CBC Information.

“It was the correct factor to do, and we have been working via it.”

Canada’s no-fly record — formally often known as the Passenger Safety Program or the Safe Air Journey Act — dates again to 2007 and is supposed to cease potential safety threats from boarding industrial planes.

The previous system was constructed on names moderately than distinctive identifiers, corresponding to dates of delivery or passport numbers. Consequently, some Canadians — together with young children — have been mistakenly flagged by the system as a result of their names match, or are much like, the names of actual safety threats.

For years, the households affected by the system and the advocacy group they fashioned to reply to it, the No-Fly Record Children, have lobbied the federal government to repair the issue — arguing the expertise of being barred from boarding a industrial plane is traumatizing.

The ultimate provisions of the Safe Air Journey Rules got here into impact on Wednesday, transferring the accountability for screening travellers in opposition to the record away from air carriers and to the federal authorities. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced the rules within the Home of Commons on Wednesday.

Within the coming days, sure travellers will be capable to apply for a “Canadian Journey Quantity” – a singular quantity they’ll use once they e-book air journey to differentiate them from these on the record, says a media launch from Blair’s workplace.

Software launching inside 2 weeks

The discharge stated the applying is scheduled to launch on-line inside two weeks and can permit travellers to use earlier than air carriers begin to switch to the brand new centralized screening system starting in late November.

When requested why it is taken so lengthy to repair the problem, the minister stated it took each legislative and regulatory adjustments to get to in the present day.

“It was additionally essential to develop and take a look at and implement some fairly advanced IT methods,” Blair stated.

Public Security stated new rules will even permit the federal government to display travellers in opposition to the record earlier than they arrive on the airport for his or her flight — as much as 72 hours earlier than takeoff — to stop delays at check-in.

“It will likely be a central database managed by the federal government moderately than information that is handed over to the airways,” Blair stated.

“That actually does, in my view, enhance its utility in sustaining a safe and protected setting on the airways. We’re in a position to make extra info accessible in that.”

Authorities officers haven’t confirmed how many individuals are on Canada’s no-fly record, arguing the information could help terrorists plot a catastrophic attack on an airliner.

Within the 2018 price range, the Liberal authorities pledged greater than $80 million over 5 years, and $14 million yearly afterwards, to construct the brand new centralized screening system.

Canada’s up to date nationwide safety laws, beforehand often known as Invoice C-59, gave the division the authority to create the brand new system. It was handed in June 2019.


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