STEPHENVILLE — While airports and border crossings across Canada are being wired with high-definition cameras and microphones that can eavesdrop on the conversations of travellers, microphones aren’t yet in the works for Stephenville Airport.
Brenda Martin, airport manager, confirmed on Tuesday the Stephenville Airport Corporation currently has high-definition security cameras in place at Stephenville Airport for “the safety and security of our staff, patrons and property.”
In a statement by the Canada Border Services Agency this week, the audio-video monitoring and recording is already in place at unidentified Canada Border Services Agency sites at airports and border points of entry as part of an effort to enhance “border integrity, infrastructure and asset security and health and safety.”
However, the audio technology that has been installed at some major airports is not in use yet.
Martin said at this point in time Stephenville Airport has no plans to install audio-monitoring equipment and right now the local airport has not been identified by Canada Border Services Agency as one of the locations for audio monitoring.
She feels it’s important however, that the public is aware they already have high-definition cameras in place at the airport.