Air travellers from Middle East, Africa, Caribbean more likely to face secondary inspection: CBSA data

30 May 2018 | Canada
Air travellers from Middle East, Africa, Caribbean more likely to face secondary inspection: CBSA data

Airline passengers from the Middle East and countries where most people are black are more likely to face luggage searches or additional questioning by Canada Border Services agents than other travellers, a CTV News investigation has found.

People from Africa and the Caribbean arriving in Canada by air were last year flagged for secondary inspection for customs reasons nearly four times as often as citizens of European Union countries, CTV’s analysis of CBSA data shows.

More than 13 per cent of passengers with passports from Middle Eastern countries, and 11 per cent from African or Caribbean nations, were pulled aside for customs issues.