WestJet limits carry-on baggage for U.S.-bound guests

Airline takes steps to reduce wait times at security checkpoints

CALGARY, Dec. 27 /CNW/ - Due to the new, increased security measures imposed by the Canadian and U.S. transportation authorities, flights to and from the United States continue to be affected by significant delays and in some cases, cancellations. In addition, some domestic flights have also been adversely affected due to late arriving aircraft from the U.S.

WestJet is advising guests travelling to the U.S. between now and December 30, 2009, of the following:

    
    -   No carry-on baggage will be permitted, with the exception of a small
        purse, diaper bag, laptop bag or backpack. Roller bags and larger
        backpacks must now be checked in.
    -   Arrive at the airport two to three hours before scheduled departure
    -   Required medication should be carried with you, rather than put in
        checked baggage
    -   New security regulations prohibit the use of Live TV on flights
        originating in Canada and destined to the U.S., so parents should
        bring games, books or other toys to occupy little WestJetters
    -   Before leaving home, check for updated flight times at
        www.westjet.com
    -   International flights over U.S. airspace (eg. to Mexico or the
        Caribbean) are not affected by these new measures
    

These new security initiatives, implemented December 25, 2009, by the Canadian and U.S. authorities, limit carry-on baggage to one piece and require all air travellers to submit to a secondary pat-down search at the departure gate, as well as a manual search of their carry-on bag. However, in an effort to reduce wait times at security screening checkpoints and flight delays, WestJet is limiting carry-on luggage to a small purse, diaper bag, laptop bag or backpack only.

Until further notice, WestJet is allowing guests to check three bags free of charge, in an effort to expedite these new security screening measures.

Further information regarding these initiatives can be obtained at www.catsa-acsta.gc.ca.

About WestJet

WestJet is Canada's preferred airline, offering scheduled service throughout its 67-city North American and Caribbean network. Named one of Canada's most admired corporate cultures in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, WestJet pioneered low-cost flying in Canada. WestJet offers increased legroom, leather seats and live seatback television provided by Bell TV on its modern fleet of 85 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. With future confirmed deliveries for an additional 50 aircraft through 2016, WestJet strives to be one of the five most successful international airlines in the world.

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SOURCE WestJet

For further information: For further information: Media Contact: Robert Palmer, Media Relations, telephone: 1-888-WJ 4 NEWS (1-888-954-6397), email: ropalmer@westjet.com


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