Feds move to streamline aviation security regulations

The federal government is taking steps to streamline the Canadian Aviation Security Regulations and ensure they reflect the current aviation security environment. “While current aviation security regulations are robust, our government is committed to improving them, making them as clear, user-friendly and efficient as possible while maintaining a high level of security,”said Minister of Transport Denis Lebel. “These initial changes further align our regulations to meet International Civil Aviation Organization commitments and reflect extensive consultation with industry stakeholders.”The Canadian Aviation Security Regulations, 2012 take a phased-in approach, beginning with the introduction of aviation security programs at airports. These programs contain elements for security management, including clear policy direction, an airport security awareness program, an airport security committee, defined security roles and responsibilities, and management of sensitive aviation security information. While many of these systems and practices exist now, aviation security programs will formalize them and help industry manage and support aviation security in a comprehensive, integrated, co-ordinated and risk-based manner. According to officials, these changes will be seamless for travellers.