Canadian Air Transport Security Authority

Canadian Air Transport Security Authority

December 18, 2007 11:21 ET

CATSA: "Mountain of Delays" Unveiled at Canada's Busiest Airport

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 18, 2007) - In advance of the holiday travel period, the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) today revealed the leading contributor to preventable delays at the screening checkpoint.

CATSA unveiled a mountain of liquid and gel items intercepted at Toronto Pearson International Airport. The mountain represents 600,000 prohibited items collected from travellers in just one week. The majority of items are bottled water, shampoo, perfume and food items, all of which are subject to the restrictions on liquids, gels and aerosols.

"The amount of intercepted liquids, gels and aerosols is staggering. It translates to one item for every passenger going through Pearson International Airport," said Kevin McGarr, CATSA Chief Operating Officer. "Every time a screening officer intercepts one bottle of water or one jar of jam, it adds to the screening time."

During the holiday season, passenger traffic through Toronto Pearson International Airport will increase to about 100,000 per day from an average of 85,000 daily. CATSA urged travellers to be mindful of security when they plan their holiday trip.

"It is important to remember the security reason behind the restrictions on liquids, gels and aerosols," added McGarr. "Screening officers need to intercept these items because of the threat they may pose to civil aviation."

The regulations, which are in place in Canada, the United States and Europe, limit the quantity of liquids, gels and aerosols to containers of 100 ml, placed in a clear, re-sealable plastic bag. Each passenger is permitted a single one-litre bag. For more information, please visit

The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) is a Crown corporation created by the federal government in response to the events of September 11, 2001. The Authority reports to Parliament, through the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. CATSA's mission is to protect the public by securing critical elements of the air transportation system as assigned by the government.

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