The role of Advanced Border Controls at Canadian airports

Within the context of debates about globalization, a ‘borderless’ world and ‘aeromobile’ travelers, this paper examines how Advanced Border Control (ABC) programs influenced relations between Canada’s airlines and airports, together with government between 1985 and 2010 and how this contributed to a balance between trade and national security imperatives. The authors also argue that the September 11, 2001 (9/11) attacks on the U.S. enhanced ABC program importance rather than impeded system development, and they challenge the post-9/11 view, encapsulated by the then U.S. Ambassador to Canada, (the late) Paul Cellucci, that ‘security trumps trade’. Based on interviews with airlines, airports, government agencies, and other influential actors, the analysis contributes to understanding the multi-decade symbiotic relationships between the public and private sectors that overcame political, business and technical challenges to support a ‘Trade with Security’ strategy.


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  • Accession Number: 01538537
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 9 2014 10:25AM