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Enhanced security screening for ferry passengers at Billy Bishop Airport

Last Updated Mar 12, 2018 at 8:06 am EDT

Aerial view of the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport looking north on July 30, 2015. 680 NEWS/ Darryl Dahmer

Billy Bishop Airport has started its enhanced security screening measures for those boarding the passenger ferry.

The enhanced screening went into effect on Monday.

Airport officials say as part of security regulations put in place by Transport Canada — under the Domestic Ferry Security Regulations — there will be random bag checks, looking for explosives.

Passengers are being told they may be approached by airport security to take part in the random screening prior to boarding the ferry.

But the ferry is not the only way to get to Billy Bishop. Passengers can also use the pedestrian tunnel, which connects the airport to the mainland at the foot of Bathurst Street.

It is not yet known if the security screenings will involve people who access the airport from the pedestrian walkway.

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Should be the same security for all access points….unless the authorities are waiting for something to happen first……….then raise the security levels…..

March 12, 2018 at 8:29 am

The security that mans these access points are usually someone with minimal “security training” empowered by a smart looking uniform. Other than ego trips causing inconvenience to others, they never really secure anything. Likely they belong to some unions (just like those screening staff at Pearson) and spend enough time on breaks.

My question is what if they find something from a terrorist (real or wannabe), will they actually deal with it or run like chickens. I suspect the latter given they have no real police authority.

March 12, 2018 at 12:44 pm