Packing Smart For The Holiday Season

With all the travelling expected to be underway this Holiday Season, CATSA (Canadian Air Transport Security Agency) has put a reminder on their website regarding packing gifts and wrapped packages, liquid, food products and any other item that may be affiliated with this time of year. Below is some of the content found on CATSA's website (you can see the full article here) which explains in greater how to pack certain items.

For further reading, WestJet has released Travel Tips to help travellers prepare for Holiday travel.


Gifts and wrapped packages: Leave gifts and packages unwrapped until you arrive at your destination as their contents may need to be inspected.

Liquids: Pack liquids, aerosols and gels such as sunscreen, hair gel, hand cream and perfume, in your checked baggage. Liquid items are only allowed in carry-on luggage when packed in containers with a capacity of 100 ml / 100 grams (3.4 oz.) or less. The containers must fit comfortably in one clear, closed and re-sealable plastic bag with a capacity of no more than 1 litre (1 quart). One plastic bag per person is allowed, and must be removed from carry-on baggage and placed in a bin

Food products: The holidays are a time for delicious treats and baked goods. Food products should be packed in your carry-on baggage, given that certain items may require additional searches. Solid food can be packed in your carry-on baggage, and food items that are liquid or gel based should be carefully packed in checked baggage. These are a few common items that are subject to regular LAGs restrictions:

* Cranberry sauce
* Jams and jellies
* Oils and vinegars
* Maple syrup
* Baked goods with cream filling
* Alcohol

*Remember that when travelling internationally, some food items are restricted when crossing the border, so please check the regulations for your individual destination. When returning to Canada, consult the Canadian Food Inspection Agency about restricted items.

Duty-free purchases: It is recommended that you place all duty-free purchases in checked baggage. To learn more, consult our Duty-free purchases page.

Electronic Devices: The following items do not need to be removed from cases or bags in order to be screened:

* Cell phones
* MP3 music players (iPod)
* E-book readers (Kindle)
* Portable DVD players
* Tablets (iPad)

Laptops and gaming consoles (PSP, Nintendo 3DS): These items must be removed from carrying cases and laptop bags and placed in a bin.

Toy weapons: Toy weapons such as water guns, replica swords, or any toy resembling a weapon must be packed in checked baggage.

Sporting equipment: Most sports equipment, including skis, snowboards and skates, are not allowed as carry-on baggage. Place these items in checked baggage.

Dress for success: The way you dress can significantly affect the time it takes to pass through screening. By following these tips, you will speed up the screening process and decrease the likelihood of setting off the walk-through metal detector:

* Be ready to remove coats, jackets and blazers and place them in the bins provided.
* Dress comfortably with easy-to-remove outerwear, jackets and belts.
* Limit jewelry to small earrings, watches, and wedding bands/engagement rings.
* Wear clothing without snaps, metal buttons or studs.
* Avoid wearing shoes with metal arches, buckles, steel-toes or shanks.
* Avoid wearing belts with metal buckles.
* Remove hidden body piercings before you fly.

Be ready to empty all contents of your shirt and pant pockets and place these items in the bins before passing through the walk-through metal detector.

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