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The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA; french: Administration canadienne de la sûreté du transport aérien) is the Canadian
Crown Corporation A state-owned enterprise (SOE) or government-owned enterprise (GOE) is a business enterprise Business is the activity of making one's living or making money by producing or buying and selling Product (business), products (such as goods a ...
responsible for security screening of people and baggage and the administration of identity cards at the 89 designated airports in Canada. CATSA is answerable to
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and reports to the Government of Canada through the
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. The federal budget presented on March 19, 2019 included a reference to the possibility of privatizing CATSA. On June 21, 2019, Parliament passed the ''Security Screening Services Commercialization Act'', which allows the Governor-in-Council to designate a private not-for-profit corporation as the ''designated screening authority'' to take over and privatize the screening duties of CATSA. However, as a result of COVID-19, the privatization plans have been delayed with no clear timeline for discussions to resume.


Constitution

The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority was officially formed April 1, 2002, following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 in the United States. After September 11, 2001, the
Government of Canada The Government of Canada (french: gouvernement du Canada) is the body responsible for the federal administration of Canada Canada is a country in the northern part of North America. Its Provinces and territories of Canada, ten provinces a ...
took responsibility for airport screening which, until then, was the responsibility of the airlines as per direction from
Transport Canada Transport Canada (french: Transports Canada) is the Ministry (government department), department within the Government of Canada responsible for developing regulations, Policy, policies and Public services, services of road, rail, marine and air T ...
. The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority Act (Budget Implementation Act, 2001) provides additional security requirements as prescribed under the ''Aeronautics Act''. CATSA shares responsibility for civil aviation security with several federal government departments and agencies, air carriers and airport operators. Transport Canada is Canada's designated national civil aviation security regulator, under the standards established by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). CATSA contracts screening services to private security companies. There were 5,570 screening officers across Canada in 2013–2014, and 53.9 million passengers screened.


Controversy

CATSA has been implicated in the past by the Privacy Commissioner of Canada for collecting non-aviation security information from the traveling public. For example, a domestic traveler with large sums of cash (not illegal) has in the past, been reported by CATSA to the local police force. Of the 10,400 reported incidents in CATSA's databases at the time of the audit, more than half had nothing to do with aviation security.


List of former heads of CATSA

Past heads of CATSA have had law enforcement background. Both Duchesneau and McGarr served with the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal, Montreal Urban Community Police Service (SPCUM). Watt is a former Canadian Forces officer and once Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force. * Jacques Duchesneau 2002-2008 * Kevin McGarr 2008-12 http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/canadian-air-transport-security-authority-917784.htm * Angus Watt 2012-2017 * Michael Saunders 2017–Present Interesting fact, in its current offices there is a boardroom named after each of CATSA's previous CEO's as well as other influential figures in Canadian aviation history.


See also

* Sky marshal#Canada, Canadian Air Carrier Protection Program * Transportation Security Administration


References


External links


CATSA Homepage
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