Breeze Through Security this Spring Break

It's starting to get warmer outside (let’s relegate this week’s snowfall to the back of our collective memory) and that can mean only one thing: spring break is fast approaching! Whether you’re travelling to a sunny tropical destination or visiting friends and relatives closer to home, follow these tips from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) to help you breeze through security quickly:

At home

  • Wear comfortable clothing with no metal straps or buttons. Ensure outerwear is easy to take off; this will save you time since it needs to be removed for screening.
  • Pack all liquids, 100ml or less, in a clear, re-sealable plastic bag. Place the bag in your carry-on. You will need to put it in a bin for screening.
  • All liquids exceeding 100ml must be placed in your checked baggage, unless you are travelling with a child younger than two. In this case, baby food, formula, milk, water and juice are allowed in your carry-on bag.
  • Bring snacks in your carry-on to keep kids smiling. Pack solid foods like fruits and chocolate.

At the airport

  • Arrive early. The airports are busy at this time of year.
  • Use the Family/Special Needs screening line when travelling with young children.
  • Inform the screening officer if you require any assistance.
  • Have your boarding pass ready to present at screening.
  • Put glasses, cell phone and loose change in your jacket pockets and put your jacket in a bin.
  • Keep electronics in your carry-on baggage for screening.

For more information, including detailed lists of what you can place in your carry-on, security wait times and much more, visit CATSA’s website.

Enjoy your spring break!


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