Harper government opens security lines for speedy air travel from Canada to the United States
The Harper Government announced that starting February 15, members of the NEXUS program travelling to the United States, can now use their NEXUS card to expedite security screening at Canada's largest airports using designated trusted traveller CATSA screening lines.
OTTAWA — Starting tomorrow, 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 by the Honourable 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.
“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.
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.
To apply for NEXUS, visit www.nexus.gc.ca.