OTTAWA – NEXUS members flying to the United States will be able to use NEXUS cards in designated security lines for pre-board screening at airports for faster service. This announcement, made on Tuesday by Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, follows the recent Action Plan on Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness announced by Prime Minister Harper and United States President Obama.
NEXUS is a binational Canada-United States program for pre-approved, low-risk travellers entering Canada and the United States at designated air, land and marine ports of entry. When travelling by air, NEXUS speeds up border clearance by offering members expedited passage by using self-serve kiosks. The designated security screening lines for NEXUS members travelling domestically and now to the United States are implemented by CATSA and Transport Canada in cooperation with the Canada Border Services Agency, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
“This change will make air travel from Canada to the United States more convenient, while maintaining a high level of aviation security,” said Minister Lebel. “I encourage Canadians to apply for a NEXUS card to experience the travel benefits it provides.”
NEXUS members travelling to the United States will be able to use valid NEXUS cards for faster screening by the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) at Canada’s eight largest airports (Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver). Designated security screening lines currently in operation at select domestic and international checkpoints will be open to passengers flying to the United States.
“Air Canada congratulates the federal government for the action it is taking with respect to air travel under Beyond the Border by expanding the NEXUS trusted traveller program. This measure advances the twin goals of improving security while at the same time streamlining border clearance processes,” said Duncan Dee, executive vice-president and chief operating officer at Air Canada. “As the largest airline in the trans-border market, Air Canada has a vital interest in making the flow of traffic between Canada and the U.S. as easy and secure as possible. We applaud such initiatives by the Canadian and U.S. governments, and encourage them to continue building a border for the 21st century.”