Quebec Jean Lesage International Airport Departures

Airport Security

Airport Security is responsible for providing a secure environment and efficient and quick response services to all travelers, employees, air carriers, and partners. Through its dedicated and productive work in intervention, prevention, and regulation enforcement, the Security team makes an essential and indispensable contribution to ensuring the safety of air transportation in Canada. The service is operated based on airport safety and security policy, which is being updated regularly to take into account changes affecting the airport environment. Airport Security is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Safety Operations Coordination Centre can be contacted at 418 640-2760.

Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA)

To ensure the maintenance as well as the compliance with airport security standards, Aéroport de Québec inc. YQB works together with the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA). The main objective of its rejoined efforts is to increase passenger safety by installing specialized airport security equipment and developing operational space. Active since 2002, CATSA is considered to be a Crown corporation that is responsible for providing, maintaining, and managing effective and consistent screening services across different Canadian airports, including Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport. The organization is committed to keeping its activities in full compliance with the established safety and security standards.

Full Body Scanner

A full-body scanner at the security checkpoint is used to reveal objects, including explosives and weapons that could be concealed under clothing. The technology is entirely safe and effective. It provides a choice between full-body scanning and a physical search for commuters who are selected for additional screening.

The screening representative sees an image that has no identifying features, and mainly resembles a generic “stick” figure instead of a skeleton-type picture.

Since the new images are generic and are immediately and permanently deleted after they are viewed, there should be no privacy concerns. If the full-body scanner reveals an item under passenger clothing, the area of attention will be highlighted in the image. CATSA is consulted with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) throughout the whole improvement and development of this program.

The scanner works by projecting low-level radio frequency (RF) energy around and over the passenger’s body. Health Canada’s research states that the energy emitted by the scanner is within Canada’s RF exposure guidelines and does not represent a risk to health and safety in single as well as repeated exposures. As the energy used is non-invasive and is safe for pregnant women as well as travelers with pacemakers or surgical metal implants (i.e., plates, screws).

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