Canadian Ministers Announce New Aviation Security Measures

The Ministers of Transport and Public Safety today announced new aviation security measures in response to the recent discovery of two mail bombs originating from Yemen.  Pursuant to an Interim Order, which came into effect at noon yesterday (November 8, 2010), passengers are not permitted to transport office printer or toner cartridges (weighing 16 ounces or more) in checked bags on any flights departing from Canadian airports.

Passengers travelling to the United States are also not permitted to travel with these cartridges in their carry-on bags.  In addition, air carriers are prohibited from transporting mail or air cargo from Yemen (or Somalia) to Canada.  The Interim Order is to be in place “as long as it takes to ensure the security of Canadians and air cargo to Canada.”  Canada Post had already stopped accepting mail from Yemen and Somalia as of November 1, 2010.