Flying with scissors now OK: Transport Canada

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Federal Transport Minister Chuck Strahl makes an announcement about security screenings at Canadian airports in Ottawa today. — Photo by The Canadian Press

Ottawa — Small scissors and tools, such as eyeglasses screwdrivers, are now OK aboard planes.

There’s a six-centimetre limit for these items and knives of any length are still banned.

It’s part of an effort to reduce hassles at airports, Transport Minister Chuck Strahl said today.

Other changes are in the works to speed up security screening.

“There will also be new dedicated lanes for families and those with special needs, with equipment specifically designed for bigger items like strollers,” he said.

There will also be new lines for frequent travellers pre-approved under the Nexus card program.

He says the idea is to ensure security, while increasing convenience for travellers.

“We’ve listened to travellers and the aviation security community, and we believe these initiatives achieve the best balance of aviation safety and security, and passenger convenience,” he said.

Strahl said he recognizes the frustration sparked by air security measures.

“It’s a process that’s more tolerated than enjoyed,” he said at a news conference at Ottawa’s airport.

The Transport Department noted in a news release that manicure scissors and miniature screwdrivers pose little threat in an era of reinforced cockpit doors and other routine security measures.

The new rules also bring Canada in line with international standards.

Regulations on acceptable carry-on items have shifted back and forth in recent years in response to attempts by terrorists to circumvent security systems.

For example, the government last fall banned the carrying of large cartridges of copier toner after an attempt was made to down a cargo plane with explosives packed into such a container.

Organizations: Transport Canada

Geographic location: Ottawa, Canada

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  • kevin in paradise
    February 04, 2011 - 11:43

    don't be too afraid of the siccors or the screw driver's that the weird looking person sitting next to u has in his/her poession, no don't worry about that , they may need that to make emergency repair's up in the cock-pit,,lol,,,,,,,, but keep your eye on that little old lady sitting accross the isle from you'''''''',,,,she may have ''breast prosthesis'',,,,deadly,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,now don't you folk's think that what ever idiots changed the rule's and allow these item's aboard ,,perhap's have their head's checked ???????

  • darls
    February 04, 2011 - 06:33

    my one and only question is...why in God's name would anyone need to fly with a siccors or screwdriver...can someone please explain this to me...isn't that all you need to hurt someone...

  • Thomas
    February 04, 2011 - 02:26

    Did you see the article where this elderly one was embarrased to tears over a breast prosthesis, which had potential to harm noone ?? Now it's ok to be perhaps sit next to an intoxicated/ drug induced person who has weapons ( scissors and screwdrivers). At one time you could laugh at such a statement, but with the increase of violence associated with drug use today, I don't know if this is such a wise decision. But did anyone ask for advice from the general public/ the customer ? ----of course not.

  • nasty nate
    February 03, 2011 - 18:12

    But you still can not have a bottle of water......