Nail-clippers aboard planes get the green light

Brian Lilley, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 4:32 PM ET

OTTAWA - You can pack nail clippers into your carry-on baggage but nail guns are still banned from the cabin.

Transport Minister Chuck Strahl announced a completion of a review of airline security and a revised list of banned items at Ottawa's Macdonald-Cartier airport on Thursday.

Small scissors and nail clippers are allowed along with small tools shorter than 6cm, not including the handle, but knives of any kind are still banned.

"We've listened to travellers and the aviation security community, and we believe these initiatives achieve the best balance of aviation safety and security, and passenger convenience," Strahl said.

The government also announced that the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority has completed a review of procedures and has made several recommendations to improve the flow of passengers while maintaining security.

A new baggage screening system promises to automatically separate suspicious bags from cleared bags and reduce congestion.

Airports will also offer dedicated lanes for families using strollers or passenger needing wheelchairs.


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