Commission of Inquiry into the Investigation of the Bombing of Air India Flight 182
Witnesses: Nick Cartwright, Stephen Conrad
Commission Counsel Brian Gover makes opening remarks, discussing the Commission’s mandate to determine whether or not further changes in legislation are required to address the specific aviation security breaches associated with the bombing of Air India flight 182, particularly those relating to the screening of passengers and their baggage. Mr. Gover confirms that subpoenas will be issued to both the office of Canada’s Privacy Commissioner and the Montreal office of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to compel the testimony of their representatives before the Commission. Commissioner John C. Major responds. Nick Cartwright and Stephen Conrad of Transport Canada testify as a panel under direct examination by Mr. Gover. Mr. Gover asks the witnesses a series a questions about baggage screening at airports, as well as other matters related to civil aviation security. Mr. Cartwright speaks at length about the state of x-ray technology in use at airports in 1985 and the challenges associated with its use in screening baggage. He also discusses the evolution of different technologies and procedures for detecting explosives, including the PD4 explosives detection device. During his testimony, Mr. Cartwright refers to a slide presentation about baggage screening technologies and procedures.