Government wants security screening to be culturally sensitive

By Ryan Tumilty
Metro News | July 27, 2017

Transport Canada is looking for input to make sure the pat-downs, wand-overs and full-body scans that have become part of airport travel are also culturally sensitive.

On behalf of the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, Transport Canada has a survey online that asks people who wear cultural, religious or medical clothing about their experience with security.

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Amira Elghawaby, communications director with the National Council of Canadian Muslims, said she’s glad to see the government consulting on this.

“Our government institutions have a duty to ensure that their policies are in line with our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and other human rights codes,” she said. “Security is of paramount importance to all Canadians; ensuring that all efforts are made to enhance safety in accordance with national and international human rights norms is welcome.”

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