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Lineups Ease At Pearson Airport As Flights Consolidated

Travellers heading out of Pearson International can expect another day of delays Monday, following a foiled Christmas Day terror attack that led to new security measures at airports around the world.

People waiting to board flights faced long lineups over the weekend, but airport officials in Toronto say the waits have eased a bit. Some flights have been consolidated, leading to smoother processing.

Still – “it’s been a nightmare these past couple of days,” one woman said ruefully.

New security regulations, including a one carry-on bag per passenger limit and increased searches, were put in place Saturday after an alleged attempt at a terror attack on Northwest Airlines flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit.

Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, 23, allegedly tried to light an explosive as the plane prepared to land. Passengers and crew members wrestled the man down.

“There are two security points that these passengers are having to go through to go the U.S.,” Trish Kale of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority said on Monday.

“They go through the regular passenger screening and then there’s an additional screening point.”

The GTAA said it tried its best to get the message about the new safety measures out over the weekend.

Air Canada and WestJet waived their excess baggage fees for all flights to the United States and Air Canada isn’t charging customers to rebook if they miss a flight due to delays.

Meanwhile, in the U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano admitted the aviation security system failed. The Nigerian man accused of trying to blow up the plane was carrying an American visa and a highly explosive liquid – PETN, or, pentaerythritol – on his body.