(NC) This season, if you're among the hundreds of thousands of travellers flying to reunite with family and friends or simply to escape the cold, the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) offers five tips that will help you get through security faster.
- Gifts. If you're bringing gifts, leave them unwrapped as their contents may need to be inspected. Some airports offer post-security gift wrapping services.
- Liquids, gels and aerosols. If you're travelling with non-solid food, beverages or personal products in your carry-on baggage, containers must be 100ml or smaller and they must be placed in a one-litre clear, re-sealable plastic bag. Larger containers should be placed in your checked baggage.
- Medication. Prescription and essential non-prescription medications (e.g. cough syrup, decongestant spray, contact lens solution) are exempt from the liquid, aerosol and gel restrictions. You should be ready to present these items to the screening officer for inspection.
- Clothing. Wear easy-to-remove outerwear that can easily be placed in the bins provided at the checkpoint. Avoid belts with a large buckle, clothing with metal snaps or clips or large pieces of jewellery that could set off the metal detector.
- Assistance. If you need help at the checkpoint, look for the Family/Special Needs lane. This lane has screening equipment that can accommodate larger items like mobility aids. The screening officers will offer additional assistance.