In the 14 years since the 9/11 terror attacks, many improvements and enhancements have been made to airports across the world, across Canada and even in the Queen City.
“I can certainly say we’re strict in our security,” said Regina Airport Authority President and CEO Dick Graham.
He outlined how he’s seen many changes since the horrendous attacks against the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. He said one of the key changes was how the federal government created an organization that’s mandated to screen passengers’ baggage and cargo. That had previously been the responsibility of airlines. However, shortly after 9/11, Graham said 100 per cent of baggage that made it on to an aircraft was screened.
But it’s the process before luggage makes it on board a plane that Graham notices the most.
“Amongst the biggest changes have been the way that we get to the gates,” he explained.
Graham said there’s more of a focus on examining things like liquids, gels, and electronics to make sure what goes through the gates is safe.
“It takes more time to get through security, but it’s rigor.”
Many airports across the country have similar measures in place. The Regina International Airport also has body scanners and over 150 cameras along with in-house security officials to complement federal screening agents Graham indicated.
He said the future of security could include more technology in regards to baggage and processing.