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Problems with checked baggage X-ray equipment at Grande Prairie Airport

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UPDATE: CATSA hopes to have the equipment back up and running by Wednesday.

Travellers flying out of the Grande Prairie Airport are asked to give themselves an extra 45 to 60 minutes before departure due to issues with luggage screening equipment.

CEO Brian Grant says CATSA, the national security authority, is unable to x-ray checked baggage, meaning they have to search every hold bag manually.

Passengers only taking a carry-on don’t have to worry, as departure lounge screening is up and running.

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The CATSA equipment has been down since Friday, and they’re reportedly having difficulties diagnosing the problem and getting parts.

Grant says it’s out of the airport’s hands, and no timeline for repair has been given.

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