Monday, June 18th, 2007
Last Updated: Monday, June 18, 2007 | 4:48 PM ET
Transportation experts and privacy advocates warned of potential abuses as Canada’s no-fly list, which checks the names of domestic airline passengers against a list of people deemed to be threats, went into effect on Monday.
Fewer than 1,000 names are believed to be on Transport Canada’s Specified Persons list, unlike its U.S. counterpart, which has grown to contain more than 44,000. The list will not be available to the public, which means those on it will only find out when they try to travel.
The “dynamic” list will be adjusted as intelligence agencies such as CSIS and the RCMP evaluate “reliable and vetted” information, said Allan Kagedan, chief of aviation security policy for Transport Canada.
“The numbers will change, so I’m not sure what there’s a real point in identifying a number,” Kagedan told CBC News on Monday.
Barry Prentice, director of the Transport Institute at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, said the list is “sort of a charade” to make people feel like they have greater security.