How the Passenger Protect Program Works
The Passenger Protect Program (PPP) prevents people who could be a threat to national security from boarding a plane. The Program currently works with air carriers to screen passengers travelling to, from and within Canada.
Secure Air Travel Act (SATA) List
The Secure Air Travel Act list (sometimes called Canada’s “No Fly List”) has names of people who the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness has reasonable grounds to suspect they will:
- Engage, or attempt to engage, in an act that would threaten transportation security; or
- Travel by air to commit certain terrorism offences, such as participating in or contributing to terrorist activities; or funding, training and/or recruiting for a terrorist group.
This list is managed by Public Safety Canada and Transport Canada in cooperation with several federal departments and agencies. An official delegated by the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness reviews this list every 90 days.
Security Screening Process
Through Transport Canada, Public Safety Canada shares the SATA list with air carriers operating flights to, from and within Canada. Air carriers screen passengers before they receive a boarding pass. At the same time, the air carriers also screen passengers against other security lists including their own or those belonging to other countries.
Improving the Passenger Protect Program
Learn more about how we are making improvements to the security screening process.
If You Are Experiencing Airport Delays
Delays Related to the SATA List
Security screening delays can happen if a passenger’s name is the same, or similar, as a name on the SATA list. In this situation, the passenger would not be able to check-in online or at the self-service kiosk at the airport. The passenger would be told to go to the air carrier’s airport counter and asked to show identification. At that point, the air carrier will be able to call Transport Canada to determine whether the passenger is the same as the one on the list.
- If it is a false name match (the name is the same, or similar, as someone on the SATA list): Transport Canada will confirm that the person can board. This can result in a delay getting a boarding pass.
- If it is a true match (the person is on the SATA list): Transport Canada will notify an official delegated by the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness who may direct the air carrier to deny boarding or that additional screening be conducted.
Delays Related to Other Issues
There are many reasons why someone may experience air travel delays that are not related to the SATA list. It is possible to have delays from security lists from air carriers and other countries, or issues related to entry requirements (customs and immigration) at the place of destination.
If You Are Having Travel Delays Related to Security Screening
Documents Needed for Air Travel
Bringing the proper identification to the airport will help with an efficient identity screening and check-in process.
Relevant Laws and Regulations
Counter-terrorism News Releases
August 1, 2019
June 26, 2019
April 7, 2019
Counter-terrorism - Publications and Reports
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