OTTAWA (AFP) - Huge passenger aircraft such as the new Airbus A380 is one of
many new new security risks for Canada, say intelligence reports cited by a
"The use of this and other planes will allow carriers to provide direct
service to Canada from non-traditional areas ... and locations that pose
additional security and criminality concerns," said one report on the A380,
quoted in the National Post.
The newspaper obtained the files through Canada's access to information laws.
The new 800-passenger Airbus A380 is expected to start commercial flights this
The large number of people arriving on the flights threatens to overwhelm
security and inspection staff at Canada's airports, according to the documents.
The massive aircraft allow carriers to run more multi-stop "convoluted
routings" favored by people-smugglers, the report said.
Another brief raises concerns about increased flights to "niche markets" in
the Middle East, South Asia, South America and the Balkans.
Border security officials declined to comment.