Canada Tightens Air Cargo Security

26 May 2010 (Last Updated May 26th, 2010 18:30)

The Canadian Government has launched a new $95.7m ($88m) programme to tighten security measures for air cargo to prevent terrorist attacks at the country's major airports. Under the programme, the next five years will see screening practices for packages transported by air and cargo car

The Canadian Government has launched a new $95.7m ($88m) programme to tighten security measures for air cargo to prevent terrorist attacks at the country's major airports.

Under the programme, the next five years will see screening practices for packages transported by air and cargo carriers tightened, according to the Calgary Herald.

All air cargo will be subject to physical inspections, canine checks, explosive trace detection and X-ray scanning.

A pilot project for the programme will soon begin at several airports, including Vancouver Airport.

The bulk of the federal programme will be funded by cargo carriers.