The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is proposing an extension of no-fly policies as they affect Canada. It wants lists of all passengers from Canada flying over U.S. air space 72 hours before take-off, along with personal information about them.
This provision would affect Canadians heading for destinations in places such as Mexico and Cuba, even if there is no touch-down in the States. Flights from one destination to another, both in Canada, would not be affected even if there is an over-flight of U.S. territory en route.
October 22 is the deadline for receiving comments on the proposal. Needless to say, the Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC) is not enthralled. Spokesman Fred Gaspar complained that “We’re already vetting our passengers against the Canadian no-fly list.”