CATSA to change security screening contract

CATSA Security screener. Image provided by CATSA
CATSA Security screener. Image provided by CATSA

Changes are coming to security screening at the Fort McMurray International Airport (YMM)  this spring.

The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) is awarding Paladin Security the contract for passenger screening at YMM for the next five years. Paladin will replace GardaWorld as the company providing screening services across the prairie region.

Suzanne Perseo, with CATSA, says services under the new screening contracts will commence on April 1, 2024, for a term of five years, renewable for two additional five-year periods at CATSA’s discretion.

“Paladin will be the screening contractor at CYMM. Paladin is committed to working with Garda for a seamless transition,” said Perseo.

“The new contracts allow us to build on past successes and improve our approach to managing security screening services, including creating more effective and efficient screening operations, while attaining the highest levels of customer service,” said Nada Semaan, President and CEO of CATSA.

Although the screening company may be different, there will be no changes to other security aspects at YMM.

“The Fort McMurray Airport Authority (FMAA) has a contract in place with Garda, which accounts for the guards who secure the airport campus, including the Fort McMurray International Airport,” said Jessica Lipton, Marketing and Communications Manager for the Fort McMurray Airport Authority.

The new contract with Paladin means they will be contacted by CATSA for Pre-boarding screening, baggage screening, non-passenger screening, and restricted area identification cards.

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