CATSA prepares for a busy summer at Toronto Pearson
TORONTO, June 21, 2012 /CNW/ - School's out and summer vacation is here
To get your summer holidays off to an easy start, the Canadian Air
Transport Security Authority (CATSA) offers a few travel tips to ensure
your pre-flight screening is as hassle-free as possible.
The summer months are the busiest times of the year at Toronto Pearson
with more than 100,000 travellers daily. Delays at the security
checkpoint are often caused because travellers are simply not prepared.
Before your trip, check CATSA's website and follow these tips:
Know what to take in your carry-on bags
Before you arrive at the airport check CATSA's approved list of items
for carry-on baggage. This will help you eliminate stress as you start
your vacation. Search to see which items are permitted in your
carry-on and checked baggage at www.catsa.gc.ca.
Dedicated security lines will get you through faster
For family trips, the Family/Special Needs line features larger screening equipment to accommodate items like
strollers and wheelchairs, and screening officers who offer additional
assistance to passengers needing more time to navigate security.
The Trusted Traveller CATSA Line allows NEXUS members to bypass the queue and most important, the wait,
and go straight to the screening line. More information on how to apply
for a Nexus card is at www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/prog/nexus.
Tips for all travellers at the security checkpoint:
Have your boarding pass and ID ready to present to the screening
Remove coats, suit jackets and blazers and place them in the bins
Empty the contents of your pockets and place these items in the bins
before walking through the metal detector.
Keep all phones, MP3 players and GPS equipment in your carry-on bag.
They do not need to be screened separately.
Remove laptop computers from their cases and place them in the bins
Avoid wearing shoes with metal arches, buckles, steel toes or shanks.
Avoid wearing belts with metal buckles.
Tips for families travelling with small children:
Baby food, formula, medications, milk, water and juice are exempt from
the 100 ml (3.4 oz) liquid restriction for carry-on bag, providing the
amounts are reasonable for your length of vacation and that you are
travelling with a baby less than two years old. These items must be
presented to the screening officer.
Remove infants from their stroller or carrier and hold them while
proceeding through the metal detector.
Let your child walk through the metal detector if they can do so on
Batteries for toys, cameras, gaming devices and other personal items are
allowed in carry-on baggage, but restrictions apply. For details visit www.catsa.gc.ca
Use the designated Family/Special Needs line that features larger screening equipment to accommodate items like
strollers and wheelchairs and screening officers who offer additional
assistance to passengers who need more time to navigate security.
Tips for personal care items:
Shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, creams, gels, perfumes, aerosol spray
bottles, oils, mascara, lipstick, shaving cream and suntan lotion are
all permitted in carry-on baggage providing they are in a 100 ml (3.4
oz) or less container and placed in a 1 L (36 oz) transparent bag.
One butane-operated curling iron with its gas container per person is
allowed in checked baggage. The curling iron without the butane is
allowed in carry-on baggage.
Cuticle cutters measuring no more than 6 cm (2.4 in) are allowed in
Disposable razors and razor blade cartridges are allowed in carry-on.
Electric hair dryers, curling and flat irons and electric shavers are
allowed in carry-on.
CATSA, established in 2002, is a Crown corporation responsible for:
Pre-board screening - the screening of passengers, their carry-on
baggage and personal belongings;
Hold-baggage screening - the screening of checked baggage;
Non-passenger screening - the screening of non-passengers on a random
Restricted Area Identity Card - the administration of access control to
airport restricted areas through biometric identifiers.
SOURCE Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA)
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