Cargo shipped through the biggest airports in the North will soon get a closer inspection.

Starting Dec. 10, Canadian Air Transport Security Authority staff will screen all cargo going through airports in Whitehorse, Yellowknife and Iqaluit.

Transport Canada said the change is meant to reduce risks to safety.

The N.W.T. MLA for the Sahtu, Norman Yakeleya, said he welcomes the change. He said he hopes it will help curb the air transport of excessive amounts of alcohol from hubs such as Yellowknife.

"It means now they have to be more conscientious of stuff being sent into our communities. That there's going to be checks on their freight. We get a lot of alcohol and liquor sent into our communities from either Yellowknife or Inuvik. It's a possibility that it will be stopped," he said.