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Victoria Airport Authority (VAA) is a not-for-profit authority that manages the safe and secure operations of the Victoria International Airport on behalf of the surrounding communities.
Security programs and regulations are directed to airports nationally by Transport Canada. On March 28, 2002, Transport Minister David Collenette announced the creation of the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA), to assume responsibility of key components of aviation security services at Canadian Airports.
CATSA is a crown corporation that operates on a not-for-profit basis. The authority will be accountable to the Minister of Transport for the delivery of consistent, effective, and highly professional service at or above the standards set by federal regulations.
The authority will be responsible for several key security initiatives:
- pre-board screening of passengers and their belongings
- training and certification of screening officers
- all security equipment at airports
- purchase, deployment, maintenance and operation of explosive detection systems
- federal contributions toward airport policing related to civil aviation security, and
- working with the RCMP on the Air Carrier Protection Program which assigns officers on selected flights
Transport Canada will continue to audit security programs to ensure compliance. VAA, our airlines, pre-board screeners, and others are responsible for implementing Transport Canada's security measures. VAA is committed to the delivery of security services as well as customer service and will remain in full compliance of all Transport Canada security measures.
For additional information please visit the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) website. Travellers who have questions about packing their bags in preparation for a trip can also contact CATSA toll free at 1-888-294-2202.