CATSA and Airport Authorities Pack Their Bags for Peak Summer Season



    OTTAWA, June 26 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Air Transport Security
Authority and Canada's airports are packing their camping gear and summer
paraphernalia to give air passengers essential travel tips.
    Over 20 million air travellers will pass through Canadian airports over
the nine weeks of summer, from the first holiday weekend in July to the last
long weekend in August. Whether they are packing for a summer getaway at the
beach, campground or golf links, vacationers are encouraged to pack smart to
avoid hassles at the security screening checkpoint.
    "We encourage air travellers to play an active role in their own security
by knowing what to expect at the pre-board screening checkpoint and knowing
what to pack," said Jacques Duchesneau, CATSA President and Chief Executive
Officer. "This contributes tremendously to a smooth and efficient screening
operation."
    Please keep in mind the ongoing restrictions on liquids, gels and
aerosols. This includes bottled water and sunscreen. Liquid items are allowed
in carry-on luggage only when packed in containers with a capacity of 100 ml /
100 grams (3.4 oz.) or less. The containers must fit comfortably in a clear
and re-sealable one litre plastic bag. One bag is allowed per person.

    CATSA's mission is to protect the public by securing critical elements of
the air transportation system as assigned by the government.

    
                         CATSA's Summer Packing Tips

    - Bottled water and other beverages are not permitted through the pre-
      board screening checkpoint. Drinks are available in the secure area,
      past the checkpoint.

    - Sunscreen and insect repellent should be packed in your checked
      baggage. There is a limit of one container of insect repellent per
      passenger.

    - Flammable camping items such as gas containers for grills and strike-
      anywhere wooden matches are not allowed in carry-on or checked baggage.

    - Pocket knives, scissors, fishing hooks and other sharp objects must be
      packed in checked baggage.

    - Toys guns and weapons ammunition are not permitted in carry-on baggage.
      Leave them at home to avoid hassles.

    - Sports equipment such as golf clubs and baseball bats should be packed
      in your checked baggage.

    - Cameras and film can be packed in your carry-on baggage. The x-ray
      equipment is safe for film under 800 ISO/ASA.
    




For further information:

For further information: CATSA Communications: (613) 998-4527; More
information can be found on CATSA's website at www.catsa-acsta.gc.ca


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