Breeze through airport security this spring break

MONTREAL, Feb. 26, 2014 /CNW/ - Spring break is a great time to recharge before the final stretch of the school year. If you are among the thousands of travellers heading to the airport in the next few days, the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) offers these useful tips to help you breeze through airport screening.

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.

If you follow these tips, you will breeze through security quickly.

For additional travel tips go to catsa.gc.ca. Or visit us on Pinterest at pinterest.com/CATSAGC or Twitter: @catsa_gc.

CATSA is a Crown corporation responsible for:

  • Pre-board screening - the screening of passengers, their carry-on baggage and their personal belongings;
  • Hold-baggage screening - the screening of checked baggage;
  • Non-passenger screening - the random screening of non-passengers; and
  • Restricted Area Identity Card - the administration of access control to airport restricted areas through biometric identifiers.

SOURCE Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA)

For further information:

Mathieu Larocque
Spokesperson
613-998-4527
Mathieu.larocque@catsa.gc.ca