Non-Passenger Security Measures at Canada’s Airports
The Transportation Security Clearance:
Since 1987, all employees accessing airport-restricted areas at Canada’s major airports must obtain a Transportation Security Clearance (TSC) from Transport Canada, which involves background checks by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
In 2004, the TSC program was further enhanced to include a check of the criminal intelligence database.
The Non-Passenger Screening Program:
The Non-Passenger Screening Program, which was implemented in 2004, requires that the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) search, at random, non-passengers (e.g. airline and airport employees, refuelers, caterers, baggage handlers, aircraft groomers, maintenance personnel, etc,) and their possessions when entering an airport restricted area.
The Restricted Area Identity Card:
In December 2006, Transport Canada and CATSA further secured access to aircraft and the restricted areas of major airports with the implementation of the Restricted Area Identity Card (RAIC). The RAIC uses biometric technology to verify employees’ fingerprints or iris pattern to authenticate the identity of the cardholder. This biometric technology also confirms that the holder has a valid TSC and that the airport authority has granted them access.
In 2009, the RCMP began conducting more robust, comprehensive background checks on TSC applicants, using a broader range of intelligence sources.
Police forces and other government departments and agencies are present at Canada’s major airports to prevent or deter criminal activity.
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