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Lapierre also gave assurances that all airports in Canada are "now double checking the identity of every employee that comes in."

Lets hope he just means the security employees wink.gif

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And here is what the Minister has to say on the subject:

No. H119/04

For release December 4, 2004



OTTAWA – Transport Minister Jean-C. Lapierre today issued the following statement concerning the loss or misplacement of uniform items used by airport screeners employed by the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA):

"As Minister of Transport, I take issues relating to the security of Canada’s transportation system very seriously.

"For that reason this morning I met with Jacques Duchesneau, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, to discuss required steps to protect the security of Canadian travellers in light of revelations of lost or misplaced elements of the uniforms of airport security screeners. I have asked Mr Duchesneau to provide me with a full report on the extent of this issue on an urgent basis to ensure that appropriate action is taken.

"CATSA is also notifying all of its screeners to be extra vigilant at screening points at airports and to report any irregularities to their supervisors immediately.

"Although a special security pass is required to have access to restricted areas in an airport, Transport Canada is issuing today a notice to all concerned Canadian Airport operators requesting they remind airport employees of the need to be vigilant both at airport entry points and on an ongoing basis in their workplace."

CATSA is a crown corporation that operates on a not-for-profit basis. The authority is accountable to the Minister of Transport for the delivery of consistent, effective, and highly professional service at or above the standards set by federal regulations.

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Air Canada Pilots Comment on Airport Security

TORONTO, Dec. 9 /CNW/ - The Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA)

commented today on the current controversy over reports of missing uniform

items from the Canadian Air Transport Security Agency (CATSA).

The Air Canada pilots are concerned that the reports of missing pieces of

uniform are detracting attention from what should be the real issue

surrounding airport security - verifying the identity and credentials of those

accessing secure areas at airports.

"Pieces of uniform go astray all the time," reported Captain Kent Wilson,

President of the Air Canada Pilots Association, "...but the real issue is to

ensure that all personnel entering secure areas, whether they are employed by

CATSA, the airlines or the airport itself, carry credentials which positively

identify them and verify their right to be there."

Captain Wilson points out that Transport Canada is currently testing

biometric security passes that would not only positively identify the bearer,

but would be readable by computerised databases to instantly validate the

authority for personnel to enter restricted areas.

"We encourage and support Transport Canada's efforts to introduce secure

airport passes with biometric coding," said Captain Wilson. "Our only concern

is the amount of time it seems to be taking to get such a system into place

across the country."

The Air Canada pilots point out that with the provision of a secure,

electronically verifiable, biometrics-based restricted area pass, the public

can be assured that those personnel accessing restricted areas are who they

say they are, with the authority to be in that area.

As a benefit to all those employed in restricted airport areas, or in air

crew passing through them, a secure pass system, in conjunction with the

strict police and security background checks already in place, would allow

authorities to define entry procedures consistent with an employee's status as

a known, verified and trusted individual.

The Air Canada Pilots Association is the largest professional pilot group

in Canada, representing the approximately 3100 pilots who operate Air Canada's

mainline fleet.

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