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Canadian No-Fly List

Canada Adopts a Commercial Flight No-Fly List and Identity Screening Regulations


Updated: 08/28/09

Canadian No-Fly List

On June 18, 2007, the Canadian federal government implemented a no-fly list to strengthen air travel security on domestic and international commercial flights.

Under the Passenger Protect program, the government maintains a list of people who may pose an immediate threat to air security if they get on board a flight. Airlines use an online system to check passengers intending to board flights against the no-fly or specified persons list.

If a name matches, the airline checks the person's government-issued identification information to see if it matches the name, date of birth and gender of someone on the list. This verification is done in person at the airport check-in counter.

If the airline gets a match, it contacts Transport Canada to confirm the person's identity and get a decision on whether that person will be allowed to board the flight. The RCMP are notified immediately if there is a match with the no-fly list, and police having jurisdiction at the airport are also informed and take action as required.

Creation of the No-Fly List

The no-fly or specified persons list is compiled by an advisory group led by Transport Canada. The group includes RCMP and Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) representatives and also gets input from representatives of other Canadian government departments and agencies.

Individuals who are considered to pose a threat to air travel security may include

  • those involved in a terrorist group

  • those convicted of one or more serious and life-threatening crimes against aviation security

  • those convicted of one or more serious and life-threatening offences and who may attack or harm an air carrier, passengers or crew members.

Identity Screening Regulations for Air Travel in Canada

Beginning June 18, 2007, new identity screening regulations were also put in place for boarding a commercial flight in Canada.

All passengers who appear to be 12 years of age or older must

  • have valid ID - either one piece of government-issued photo ID showing name, date of birth and gender (a drivers licence for example) or two pieces of government-issued ID, at least one of which shows name, date of birth and gender

  • buy their ticket using the same name as on the ID - the name on the boarding pass must match the ID, or the passenger will not be allowed to board the aircraft.

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