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CAF Personnel and Families Can Reduce Hassle and Wait at Airports

Now Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members and their families can reduce the hassle and half the waiting time at airports thanks to new regulations by the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA).

If you have plans to travel this Thanksgiving Day, or anytime throughout the year, you can now access the Trusted Traveller program.

“Under the newly-expanded Trusted Traveller program, military personnel need only present their military ID card and boarding pass to CATSA screening officers upon entering the Trusted Traveller line,” said Angus Watt, President, and CEO of CATSA.

Under the new measures, wearing a uniform is no longer required.

The Trusted Traveller program allows travellers to receive front-of-the-line service at security checkpoints at airports across Canada while being screened at regular security standards. These travellers are also eligible for simpler security procedures such as being able to keep shoes, belts, light jackets on, and items in pockets. In addition, aerosols and gels under 100 ml that fit in a one-litre re-sealable plastic bag are allowed inside a carry-on bag.

“This expanded status is a reflection of the trust and respect in which members of the Canadian Armed Forces are held. We expect the highest standards from our men and women in uniform, and these standards are reflected in the policy on Trusted Travellers,” said LGen. Christine Whitecross, Commander of Military Personnel Command (MPC).

The program is available at screening checkpoints at airports across the country including: Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Québec, Moncton, Halifax, and St. John’s.

For more information visit the CATSA website. 

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Mishall Rehman

Originally from Atlanta, GA, Mishall is a freelance journalist pursuing her passion for writing in her new homeland Canada. She currently lives in Trenton, ON with her husband.

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