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    US Bans Large Ink Cartridges on Passenger Flights
    - The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said Monday it has implemented new rules for air cargo following an Oct. 29 attempt to ship bombs from Yemen to the U.S. on FedEx and United Parcel Service planes.

    A part of the Department of Homeland Security, the TSA banned air cargo from Somalia in addition to cargo from Yemen. The agency also banned “high risk” cargo from all passenger flights, including toner and ink cartridges weighing over 16 ounces for both carry-on and checked luggage.The TSA said it also wants to expedite the receipt of cargo manifests for international flights to the U.S. prior to aircraft departure.

    Canada bans printer cartridges from planes
    Large, office-sized printer cartridges are no longer allowed on airplanes, according to new security measures enacted on Monday, ten days after it was revealed that two explosive packages were making their way through international airports.Canada’s new security measures went into effect at noon Monday, aiming to enhance the security of air travel through the country.According to the new measures, passengers are not permitted to travel with office-sized ink and toner cartridges that weight 454 grams or more in their carry-on luggage.Smaller cartridges, commonly used in personal computers, are still permitted.

    The ban includes air travel within the country as well as to the United States.Air carriers are also not permitted to transport large cartridges departing from airports in Canada.The ban is a direct result of two packages discovered in the United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates two weeks ago. The packages were found to be bombs hidden inside large, office printer cartridges.

    All cargo and mail from Yemen and Somalia have also been banned from entering Canada.”Our government’s highest priority is the continued safety and security of Canadians and the travelling public,” Transportation Minister Chuck Strahl said in a news release. “While there was and is no current information that these incidents were targeting Canada, we will continue to monitor the international security environment closely and take further action as appropriate to protect air travellers.”

    The news release says the announcement coincides with similar measures announced by U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday.”Canada is not immune from terrorist threats. Our law enforcement and security agencies remain vigilant and always work closely with their counterparts in the United States to protect our shared border,” said Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews. “We face the same threats and share the same concerns.”

    The two suspicious packages found in the United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates were destined for the U.S.Airports across Canada and the U.S. were immediately launched into high-alert.Strahl is scheduled to further explain the new measures at a news conference scheduled for Monday afternoon.