Posted on 04/12/2017 | About Vancouver, British Columbia

The federal transport minister says he is turning up the dial on airline security measures for certain Canada-bound flights, but provided few details. Marc Garneau says the move is based on the government's evaluation of risk and noted that similar measures had been put in place before.

The announcement follows an earlier decision by the US and Britain that prohibited certain electronic devices from airline cabins on flights coming from several countries in the Middle East and Africa.

Garneau added that such devices would continue to be permitted in Canadian airline cabins.

The latest decision is based on the government's “evaluation of risk,” he said.

“I'm not in a position to tell you from where for obvious security reasons, and I'm not in a position to tell you specifically the measures either, and you will understand that for security reasons we don't talk about these things, but we have, following our analysis, put in place additional measures.”

Garneau noted that similar measures have been imposed in past years on flights from other continents.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said the move was based on evidence, but offered no details. He did not answer directly when asked if the measures were prompted by a specific threat.

“We take all the necessary precautions to make sure that Canadians are kept safe in all of their activities, both within the country and travel around the world,” he said.

“We don't take steps in a capricious way. Canadians need to be assured that everything that needs to be done to safeguard their safety and the safety of air travel is in fact being done.”