sDuring the busy summer months airports can get crowded and the thought of going through security screening might be stressful. But with a little preparation and these tips from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA), you’ll have nothing left to do except sit back, relax and wait for takeoff.

  • Pack large liquid containers in checked baggage. When packing your carry-on bag, remember that only liquids, gels and aerosols of 100 mL or less in a one-litre clear, resealable plastic bag are accepted. Larger items like shampoo, toothpaste, creams, shaving cream, perfume and suntan lotion over 100 mL must be packed in your checked baggage.
  • Keep your medication with you. The 100 mL limit on liquids, gels and aerosols in your carry-on doesn’t apply to medication — whether it’s prescribed or over-the-counter. Just be ready to present them separately to the screening officers for inspection.
  • Arrive early and ask for help, if needed. The more time you have to go through security, the less stress you’ll feel. If you have difficulty lifting or carrying your bags, advise airline staff when you check in. At the checkpoint, look for the family/special needs line if you need more time or assistance to move through security. Have your boarding pass ready to present to the screening officer and place your cell phone and other small electronic equipment, coins, keys and small metal items in your carry-on. Be sure to let screening officers know if you have any medical devices or metal implants.

For more information on how to breeze through security visit or call 1-888-294-2202.

22 Replies to “Airport security screening tips for seniors”

  1. Another tip is to make sure none of your clothing has metallic thread in it, I set the alarm off when exiting the US and was asked to go into the full body scanner where my sweater which had some silver threads in it glowed like a Christmas tree!

  2. Great tips. I always seem to get stopped for pat downs. I am always careful of the clothes I choose to wear so it don’t beep.

  3. great tips! and don’t be afraid to ask for assistance, a lot of airlines are very helpful especially those who require some extra time or stuff (like wheelchair)

  4. My mom is 70 now and has had a recent knee operation. She definitely makes use of the tips that you have included.

  5. I would be sooooo lost, I have never ever been in an airport let alone a plane, I wouldn’t now where to go or what to do, I’m sitting here starting to shake and getting my anxiety just thinking about it!!

  6. You can ask for wheel chair assist when booking your flight. There might be a fee but it’s great for people who are unable to walk very far, some of those gates are a long ways away.

  7. My Grandpa will be 90 this year & has now stopped flying as it’s too hard on him physically. I wish he would have known about these airport tips a few years ago so he could’ve received some extra help, he would’ve appreciated it.

  8. Thanks for sharing these tips. Getting through security seems to be taking longer, so anything people can do to speed things up is appreciated!

  9. Very good tips to use. An it is always important to arrive at the airport early. A few tips have changed since I last flew so this I will pin for reference to check when next time flying. thanks for sharing.

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