|Wednesday, 15 August 2012|
|GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES INITIATIVES TO REDUCE WAIT TIMES AT YLW|
|Nexus members to use cards to expedite security screening at Kelowna airport|
Ron Cannan, Member of Parliament for Kelowna Lake-Country Today announced new initiatives aimed at making air travel more convenient for Canadians travelling from medium sized airports like the Kelowna Airport. These screening procedures will enable the Canadian |
Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) to reduce wait times for travellers by using practices already established in Canada's larger airports. NEXUS members flying from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, St. John's, Moncton, Quebec City and Kelowna are now able to use their NEXUS cards to access a dedicated entrance allowing them to proceed directly to the front of the screening line resulting in shorter wait times.
NEXUS is a joint Canada Border Services Agency/U.S. Customs and Border Protection program that expedites the border clearance process for pre-approved, low-risk travellers. Using a NEXUS card at pre-board security screening is an additional benefit for NEXUS members.
Initially available at select domestic and international security checkpoints at Canada's eight largest airports, the program was expanded in February 2012 to include flights to the United States. Today's announcement will see five new airports accepting NEXUS cards to expedite security screening.
Cannan said the government is committed to ensuring the security of Canadians travelling within Canadian borders and abroad while reducing wait times at screening. He also said Canadians will now be able to use their NEXUS card at more airport security checkpoints in Canada, including in Kelowna, making security screening faster and more convenient.