Following two recent incidents of replica grenades causing travel delays and law enforcement investigations at the Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport (YQM), travellers are reminded that such items are prohibited from carry-on or checked luggage.
“Travellers must remember that even though they know that their items are harmless, airport security screening personnel do not,” says Bernard LeBlanc, CEO of YQM. “What is a toy, ornament or collectible to one person is a possible dangerous object to the security screening staff. We realize how this may cause confusion because many of these fake items are easily available in retail stores and online.”
According to the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA), it is strictly prohibited for passengers to try to bring “toy, replica and imitation weapons that could be mistaken for real weapons.” According to Mr. LeBlanc, staff must always err on the side of safety and are required by emergency response protocol to call in law enforcement and highly trained experts to determine the safety of any such objects when they are found during security screening. “The fact that the item could even be mistaken for the real thing is enough to cause major problems for everyone,” he says.
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