Canada to use full-body airport scanners

Jan. 5, 2010 at 10:43 AM
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MONTREAL, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Canada has agreed to a U.S. request for better airport security and will utilize full-body scanners, a French-language daily newspaper in Montreal said.

La Presse Tuesday said federal Transport Minister John Baird was poised to make the announcement that scanners will be deployed in nine Canadian cities within two months.

The U.S. request came after an alleged terrorist tried to blow up a Detroit-bound Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam with liquid explosives concealed in his underwear, The (Montreal) Gazette said.

La Presse said sources only identified seven of the nine cities where the scanners would be installed to check U.S.-bound passengers -- Montreal; Toronto; Ottawa; Vancouver, British Columbia; Calgary, Alberta; Edmonton, Alberta and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Part of the new U.S. security measures include travelers from Cuba, Iran, Sudan, Syria, Nigeria, Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Algeria, Lebanon, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Somalia undergo extra security screening.

The Globe and Mail said that could lead to thousands of Canadians with dual citizenship or landed immigrant status from any of those countries being delayed on flights to the United States.

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