Travelling for Christmas?

During the holidays, thousands take to the skies to celebrate with friends and family. It’s the time of year to give gifts to our loved ones. That being said, there are some restrictions on what can be brought on board a plane. The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATS) has a few simple tips to get through security hassle-free.

Avoid wrapping presents: officers may have to unwrap them for control purposes. Wait until you arrive at your destination, or take advantage of some airports’ gift-wrapping services located past security.

Avoid bringing presents that contain liquid, aerosols or gels in your carry-on luggage. This includes: alcohol, wine, beer, snow globes, canned soup, maple syrup, perfume and lotions. Put them in your checked baggage or send them separately.

Flying with the kids?

Snowy weather and bulky outerwear can make flying in winter a hassle, especially if you have children. The tips below will help you and your family at the security checkpoint.

At home

• Make sure your family wears easy-to-remove outwear and avoid clothing with metal snaps and buttons on your travel day.

• Keep the kids happy by packing their favourite snacks – solid foods like fruit and chocolate are allowed in your carry-on bag. Liquids and gels are restricted to 100mL unless you’re travelling with a child under the age of two, in which case you can bring more than 100mL of baby food, formula, milk, water and juice.

Treveling with your kids

At the airport

• Use the Family/Special Needs screening line for more assistance. You will find one at most major airports.

• Let a screening officer know if anyone in your family has special needs and requires extra time or help during security screening.

• Make sure your family knows they will need to remove their winter outerwear for screening – coats, hats, etc.

Be prepared, have fun and travel safe this winter.

For more tips on preparing for security screening visit or on Twitter, @catsa_gc.

12 Replies to “How to get through airport security faster this winter”

  1. When I traveled while pregnant, I opted out of going through the full body scanners and I had to wait forever to get a pat down.

  2. These are some great tips. Theres nothing worse than having to be patted down because of zippers LOL!

  3. I really like your tips for faster security clearance during the winter months. They seem to be sensible and will help travelers who read your post.

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