Breeze through Airport Security This Summer Across Canada

CATSA reminds travelers of the Canada airport rules.
CATSA reminds travelers of the Canada airport rules.

If you’re among the millions of people traveling by air this summer, you can probably benefit from some helpful advice to get through airport security smoothly. Follow these expert tips from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) to make your time at the airport more pleasant and enjoyable.

Before you leave home: Don’t wait till you’re at the airport to find out what’s allowed in your carry-on bag. Do your homework using the online tools available on CATSA’s website to help you finalize your packing and get ready for the checkpoint. Consult the “What Can I Bring” page to confirm if an item is permitted in your carry-on or checked bag. Pro tip: if you’re unsure about an item, ask CATSA on Twitter (@catsa_gc). 

On your way to the airport: Find information on wait times and tips for families, seniors and passengers with special needs by using CATSA’s mobile app.

Before checking your bags: Liquids, gels and aerosols can be packed in your carry-on as long as they respect the 100 mL rule. Larger containers must go in your checked baggage. Parents with children under age two can bring baby food and beverages on the plane as they are exempt from the 100 mL limit. 

At the checkpoint: Have your boarding pass ready to present to the screening officer.  Leave keys, coins, electronic items and other metallic objects in your carry-on bag. Place your containers with liquids, gels and aerosols in a one-liter clear, resealable plastic bag, and place it the bin for screening. Other items to place in the bin include hats, belts and jackets. If you’re traveling with a laptop, remove it from its carrying case and place it in a bin. 

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