A Reminder From CATSA To Pack Smart

CATSA (Canadian Air Transport Security Authority) posted a news item on their website yesterday, reminding travellers that pepper spray is not permitted on an airplane. That means it can not be packed in your checked luggage or your carry-on. The article below explains the reasoning in greater detail.

From CATSA's website - www.catsa-acsta.gc.ca

In some countries, the use of pepper spray for personal defence is a common practice. However, when in the wrong hands or used within a confined space, such as an aircraft, pepper spray and other personal defence tools can pose a danger to others. Under current Federal Aviation Regulations, all types of pepper sprays are considered dangerous goods and are therefore prohibited in carry-on or checked baggage.

In addition, many types of pepper sprays are actually illegal in Canada. Accordingly, Screening Officers are likely to contact the police if a passenger attempts to bring pepper spray in their carry-on or checked baggage.

Over the past year, incidents involving pepper spray in passengers’ baggage have increased significantly. Aside from its legal implications, police intervention will cause unnecessary delays for fellow travellers.

So remember, don’t take pepper spray with you when you’re flying in Canada.

For additional information about permitted and non-permitted items, visit CATSA’s Pack Smart page.

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