May 24, 2023

By Jane Brown

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New federal rules designed to ease security lines at Canada’s airports could pose a risk, according to one travel insurance expert.

One of the new measures allows someone aged 75-plus or 17 and under to move through security with no background check.

Martin Firestone is president of Travel Secure Inc.

He told Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back with Libby Znaimer, this is not a smart move given terrorism is a real threat around the world.

“It’s one thing with an infant when you’re not worried about, but you’re saying that nobody has looked into a background check or anything like NEXUS does with all of us, and someone is 16 or 17? Wow, that’s scary and that would be a concern the more I think about it,” Firestone explained.

Under the new plan, the governing Liberals will launch dedicated security screening lines at six of the country’s biggest airports between June 7th and 21st.

Eligible passengers, including NEXUS members, won’t have to take their shoes off and can keep their laptops and liquids in their bags instead of putting them onto the X-ray conveyor belt.

“This is a very dramatic shift in the way we do security screening in the country,” former Air Canada Chief Operating Officer Duncan Dee said.

He acknowledges the changes will cut down wait times as they have done in countries with similar regulations.

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