Security Screening

Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) regulations require a number of security and screening procedures for your safety. All passengers at Canadian airports require a pre-board screening before going to their gate for departure.

Before Boarding Your Flight

You’ll go through a security screening that checks all carry-on bags and personal items as well as each person.

If you catch a connecting flight, you may have to go through another screening depending on your destination. Check with your airline for more information.

Here are the steps you need to follow:

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    Follow signs to the security checkpoint.

  • 2

    Declare any items you have questions about and follow the screening agent’s advice.

  • 3

    Place any checked luggage with bag tags on the first X-ray machine and proceed with your carry-on bag.

  • 4

    Have your boarding pass ready. You may also need to show photo identification.

  • 5

    Place your personal items in bins.

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    Send your bins as well as your carry-on bag through the X-ray machine.

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    Walk through the metal detector.

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    Retrieve your carry-on baggage when directed by security staff.

Screening Tips

To help ensure security and speed up the pre-board screening process, make sure your baggage does not contain any restricted items. Know what’s permitted, including the cannabis rules and regulations.

The CATSA security screening page allows you to search for specific items to see whether they’re permitted.

Containers must be 100ml or less and fit in a clear 1L bag. Items purchased from an airline or airport retailer and properly sealed in official security bags and accompanied by a receipt will also be accepted.

Learn more about packing liquids, including exemptions

Learn about transporting dangerous goods  in checked or carry-on baggage.

Have Questions?

Speak to a screening agent for any questions you have relating to permitted and non-permitted goods prior to dropping off your checked bag. You may be able to re-pack your luggage and avoid potential screening issues.

If you have any other comments or questions, contact CATSA at 1-888-294-2202 or visit the CATSA website.