- Leave gifts unwrapped. Sealed packages may be opened by security personnel for inspection. It is best to wrap the gifts at your destination or to send them ahead using a parcel delivery service.
- Travel light. The less you have to worry about, the better.
- Consult your airline for up to date flight information. WAA’s website is an excellent sources of up-to-date information, with the updates made directly by the airlines. The airlines have the most accurate information. If you’re not sure, call your airline.
- Ensure carry-on baggage is within your airline’s size limits. Most airlines have size restrictions outlined on their web sites.
- Ensure you do not have any prohibited items in your carry-on baggage. See Transport Canada’s guidelines for carry-on baggage.
- Have your travel agent’s number on hand. Sometimes flights are changed or cancelled. Just in case something happens to your flight and you need to make alternate arrangements, have your agent’s number with you.
- Know what your ticket says. Watch this helpful video for more information on planning a smooth trip.
For more information on what you can and can't bring in your carry-on baggage, please consult this link. Additionally, this useful video has great information for both carry-on baggage and checked baggage.
At the Airport
- Arrive early at the airport. Travel and security procedures may increase the time you need to check in. Check with your airline to learn exactly when you should be there, but be aware that delays could occur. The more time you give yourself, the less likely you are to encounter problems and the less stress you’ll feel.
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times. It is very important that all passengers stay alert in the airport and report any suspicious behaviour to authorities. Co-operation with airport, airline and security personnel will help ensure a safe and secure journey.
- Never leave a vehicle unattended at the airport curb. Designated space at the curb is available for picking up and dropping off passengers only. For security reasons, unattended vehicles will be towed. Take advantage of on-site airport parking and valet parking.
- Always have photo identification on hand. You will be asked for identification at several locations in the airport. Be sure to have it ready and accessible.
- Never leave any bags unattended anywhere in the airport. For security reasons, unattended bags are immediately removed.
- Eat before you fly. Many low-fare and no-frills airlines do not offer meals on board. You have many options for grabbing a bite to eat at the airport, many of which you can take on board the aircraft.
- Ensure all bags have identification attached to them. You can either attach your own identification or use a tag provided by your airline. Transport Canada recommends labeling with your name and business address.
- Use the self-serve kiosks. You may be able to save yourself some time by utilizing the electronic check-in kiosks.
- Know what happens if you miss your flight. This video has great information on what to do in case this happens.
- Your carry-on baggage may be searched by security personnel. Searches will be done in your presence and in as discreet a manner as possible. Minimizing your carry-on luggage contributes to minimizing the time it takes to go through security.
- Passengers may be searched by security personnel. These searches are performed in a professional manner by trained personnel, and will be conducted using electronic hand-wands or a physical pat-down.
- Ensure battery-operated devices are charged. You may be requested to turn them on when going through security.
- Do not joke about bombs, guns or hijacking when going through security. Not only is there no humour in it, but it is against the law.
Documents for entry into the United States
Canadian citizens flying to the United States must present a valid passport to confirm their citizenship and identity. A NEXUS card is also acceptable when using a self-serve kiosk located in the pre-clearance area at designated Canadian airports.
The Government of Canada continues to recommend that Canadian citizens carry a valid Canadian passport for all visits abroad, including visits to the United States. A passport is the only universally accepted identification document, and it proves that you have a right to return to Canada.