Via Rail eyes more baggage checks, sniffer dogs and background traces

OTTAWA – Taking a train in Canada could soon become more like boarding an as Via Rail considers greater of checked baggage, more inspections by and on passengers.

Jacques Gagnon, a Via Rail spokesman, says the measures are being considered in direct response to the to derail a train that led to arrests in April.

Raed Jaser, 35, of Toronto, and Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, of Montreal, face terrorism-related charges for allegedly plotting to derail a Via .

The alleged plot is said to have targeted a train that travels from New York City to Ontario, operated by U.S. rail service Amtrak and Via Rail in Canada.

Jaser’s lawyer denied the allegations against his client while Essighaier has refused to recognize the and has said he wants a lawyer who will use the ’an.

Via took some to beef up security, and also set up a to study possible further changes.

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