Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport Departures

Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA)

To guarantee compliance as well as the maintenance with airport security standards, Winnipeg International Airport works together with the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA). The primary objective of its joined efforts is to improve customer safety by establishing functional airport security devices and developing operational space. Active since 2002, Transport Security Authority represents a chief corporation that is responsible for implementing, running, and promoting productive and consistent screening services across numerous Canadian airports, including YWG. The agency is dedicated to maintaining its activities in full accordance with the installed protection and security standards.

Full Body Scanner

Full-body scanner equipment at the security is aimed to reveal objects, including weapons and explosives that could be covered under clothing. The technology is reliable and efficient. It offers passengers a choice between full-body scanning and a physical search.

The screening officer at the checkpoint perceives an image that has no identifying characteristics and resembles a general “stick” figure rather than a skeleton-type picture.

Since the images are general and are immediately and permanently deleted after their inspection, commuters should not be worried about their privacy. If the full-body scanner displays an item under passenger clothing, the area of attention can be seen highlighted in the image.

The scanner functions by projecting radio frequency (R.F.) energy of a very low level. The energy is projected over and around the commuter’s body. Health Canada’s analysis confirms that the energy released by the scanner is entirely within Canada’s R.F. exposure guidelines and does not represent a risk factor to safety and health in single as well as repeated exposures. Because the energy used is non-invasive, it is harmless and safe for pregnant women as well as travelers with surgical metal implants or pacemakers.

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