Kelowna International Airport Departures

Airport Security

Airport Security is accountable for presenting a safe environment as well as the quick and efficient response services to all commuters, air carriers, workers, and partners. By operating a dedicated and productive work to intervene, prevent, and regulate enforcement, the Security staff performs an essential and indispensable contribution to ensure the security of air transportation in the country.

Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA)

For ensuring the maintenance and compliance with airport security standards, the Kelowna Airport operates together with the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA). The primary objective of these rejoined efforts is to improve passenger safety by establishing specialized airport security devices and developing operational space. CATSA represents a Crown corporation that is in charge of implementing, managing, and running efficient and regular screening services across different Canadian airports, including Kelowna International Airport. The organization is dedicated to sustaining its actions in full compliance with the established security and safety standards.

Full Body Scanner

A full-body scanner at the checkpoint is practiced to reveal objects, including ammunition and weapons, that could be hidden under clothing. The technology is completely safe and provides effective results. It offers commuters a choice between full-body scanning and a physical search in case of being selected for additional screening.

The screening agent can see an image that does not show any identifying features, and mostly resembles a generic “stick” figure and not a skeleton-type picture.

Because the new images are generic and are immediately deleted after their investigation, passengers should not have any privacy concerns if the full-body scanner shows an item under passenger clothing and brings the area to attention by highlighting it in the image. CATSA is advised with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) throughout the whole improvement and development of the program.

The scanner operates by projecting low-level radio frequency (RF) energy over and around the commuter’s body. Health Canada’s research guarantees that the energy emitted by the scanner device is within Canada’s RF exposure guidelines and does not represent a risk factor to health and safety in case of a single as well as repeated exposures.

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