Commonly referred to as the “no-fly list,” the Secure Air Travel Act (SATA) list collects the names of people who could threaten transportation security or contribute to terrorism. It is therefore an important tool for ensuring the safety of air travel.
Unfortunately, there are times when people find themselves on this list unfairly. This happens because they have the same name, or a similar name, to someone who is rightly on the list.
End emotional distress
Obviously, these unfair reports can lead to checks, delays and emotional distress for some travellers.
We have even seen cases where toddlers were refused boarding - and, of course, their parents - because they had the same name as a suspected terrorist on the blacklist.
The good news: Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair has announced measures to correct the structural defect behind the bad reports.
“The new Canadian Travel Number will solve this problem while ensuring our safety,” Blair said on Twitter on Wednesday (Nov. 4).
Not for everybody
The Canadian Travel Number is a recourse system that assigns a unique number to people who believe they are falsely identified by the list under the SATA.
This number is therefore not for everyone.
"It will only help eliminate delays in situations where the traveller has the same name, or a similar name, to someone who is on the list under the SATA," says Public Safety Canada.
The Canadian Travel Number is an online application that will be launched on the Public Safety website within the next two weeks.
Thus, travellers can submit a request before airlines start using the new centralized control system at the end of November.
"Canadians should feel safe and free of discrimination at all times, but especially during security screening – a system designed to ensure their protection," said Minister Blair.
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