Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) is a government-run organization that is responsible for the pre-board screening of air passengers and their belongings at all airports in Canada. Take a moment to review these helpful travel tips to minimize any delays going through pre-board screening:
Before arriving at the airport:
- Label all luggage with your name and business address. When possible, do not label luggage with your home address or your business title.
- Make an inventory of luggage contents and place in your ticket jacket.
- Do not over-pack your luggage. Check your airline carrier’s weight restrictions.
- Remember to bring a photo id while you are traveling. Passports are required for international travel, including travel to the United States.
- You may be required to show photo identification at the check-in counter and before boarding, or else be denied boarding.
- Make copies of credit cards and photo identification you are bringing with you. Leave one copy with a trusted relative or friend at home.
- Also, leave a copy of contact names and your itinerary both at home and at work.
- Pack prescription medication in its original container with the name of the doctor and other info clearly marked.
- Verify your ticket and check with the airline before you leave your home to make sure that there haven't been any changes to the flight schedule.
- Don't wrap or package gifts, as security personnel may need to inspect them.
- Pack lightly and travel with as little baggage as possible.
- Pack carefully. Be aware that any substance capable of posing risk to health, safety, property, or the environment when they are transported is not permitted on board an aircraft. For more details, please consult: www.catsa.ca
- Ensure that electronic devices in carry-on baggage are operational. For security reasons you must be prepared to demonstrate that they are functional.
- Passengers may not bring in carry-on baggage any knives, or any sharp and / or pointed objects, including those with folding or retractable blades.
- Although it is recommended that you leave electric devices at home, they should be packed as checked baggage if you do bring any.
Getting to the airport:
- Allow yourself time to arrive early - at least 1 1/2 hours prior to departure time. Check with the airline you are traveling with to find out about required time allowances for check-in. Although the airport is open 24/7, the check-in desks may not be open more than three hours prior to flight departure time.
At the airport:
- KEEP YOUR LUGGAGE WITHIN SIGHT AT ALL TIMES.
- Be prepared to show your identification when requested at the check-in counter or in the pre-boarding area, regardless of your destination.
- Never carry anything onto a plane for anyone else.
- Report any suspicious-looking packages or unattended luggage.
- Be patient! You can expect some delay at major Canadian airports due to heightened security measures. Remember, security measures are designed to protect you!!!
For more information on travel guidelines please visit CATSA’s website. www.catsa.ca