The federal government announced Thursday that Canadians will once again be allowed to board flights while carrying small manicure scissors and eyeglass repair kits. The previously banned items were taken off the restricted list as part of a shift in focus toward bigger security threats, such as bombs. “We’re trying to strike that balance between security and safety and convenience for travellers,” Transport Minister Chuck Strahl said. The changes could also cut wait times at airports by as much as 30 per cent according to officials. The decision to allow small scissors and tools brings Canadian rules in line with those of the U.S. and European countries.
Friday, February 4, 2011