Feds seeking American help to revamp no-fly list

Canadian security officials have turned to their American counterparts for advice on revamping Ottawa's no-fly list that has ensnared young children trying to check in at airports.

Newly released memos show Canadian representatives met with American officials in 2017 and 2018 to learn from their experiences implementing a new passenger screening and redress system a decade ago.

The Public Safety Canada memos detail the steps being taken to redesign Canadian no-fly procedures, from legislative and regulatory changes to hefty information-technology investments.

The changes have largely been spurred by parents of children who've had to endure nerve-wracking airport delays because their youngster's name matches one on the no-fly list.

Civil liberties advocates have criticized the no-fly regime as overly secretive and lacking due process for those who contest their inclusion on the list.

A bill currently before the Senate would allow federal officials to electronically screen air-passenger information against the list, a process now handled by the airlines.

As with the U-S system, Canadian travellers who've experienced difficulties would be given a unique "redress number'' to help avoid mismatches.