Canadian Air Transport Security Authority

Canadian Air Transport Security Authority

July 07, 2009 10:00 ET

This Summer, Be Prepared and "Pack Smart"

CATSA launches new online tools to reach air travellers

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - July 7, 2009) -

Editors note: A video is included with this press release on Marketwire's website.

The Canadian Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) is inviting passengers to "pack smart" and go through security screening faster this summer. Today at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, CATSA unveiled new ways to better inform air travellers before they leave for their trip.

CATSA will post new videos on its Website and on Youtube that show how to pack smart and what to expect at the security checkpoint. The first video shows how liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) must be packed.

A recent survey demonstrated that 65% of passengers will make their travel arrangements online. 81% stated that the Internet is a good way to reach them. CATSA wants to use social media to reach air travellers before they make their way to the airport.

When everyone complies with the regulations, security screening is more efficient, and the travel experience is more pleasant.

TIPS FOR TRAVELLERS:

LAGs Regulations:

- LAGs must be in containers of 100 ml or less (including sunscreen, cosmetics, bug repellent and hand sanitizer).

- All containers must fit in a 1-litre clear, resealable plastic bag.

- Only one bag allowed per person.

Computers and Electronics:

- All laptop computers, video cameras with cassette, and cameras with film should be removed from their carrying cases and placed in a separate tray.

Camping and Sporting Gear:

- Flammable camping items such as gas containers for barbecues and strike-anywhere wooden matches are not allowed in carry-on or checked baggage.

- Sports equipment such as golf clubs and baseball bats should be placed in checked baggage.

- Pepper spray and animal repellent (bear spray) are not allowed in carry-on or checked baggage.

QUOTES:

Kevin McGarr, CATSA's President and Chief Executive Officer:

- "We believe that well informed and better prepared air travellers can contribute to a more effective and efficient screening process."

- "Through smart packing, we can reduce stress and congestion at screening checkpoints during the busy summer travel period."

Tom Ruth, Halifax International Airport Authority's President and Chief Executive Officer:

- "We really want everyone's experience at Halifax Stanfield International Airport to be an enjoyable part of their summer vacation.

- "We are pleased to join with our colleagues at CATSA to help our guests be as well prepared as they can be for their summer air travel."

ABOUT CATSA:

CATSA, established on April 1, 2002, is a federal Crown corporation that operates on a not-for-profit basis. It is responsible for the provision of key aviation security services such as pre-board screening of passengers and their baggage; random screening of non-passengers; and the acquisition, deployment and maintenance of explosives detection equipment at airports. CATSA is also responsible for the development and implementation of a restricted area identity card incorporating biometric features.

ABOUT HALIFAX STANFIELD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT:

Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport is Atlantic Canada's gateway to the world. It is the region's principal full-service airport providing passengers and cargo clients with access to markets across the country, the United States and Europe, and the only airport in Atlantic Canada to offer U.S. preclearance, and Canada Customs services on a 24 hour, seven day a week basis. The Airport welcomes over 3.5 million passengers annually, and is an internationally recognized leader in customer service, having received first place awards in the global Airport Service Quality program for the past six years.

WEBSITE LINKS:

Canadian Air Transport Security Authority

www.catsa.gc.ca

Pack smart (tips for travellers and videos)

www.catsa.gc.ca/packsmart

To view the video associated with this press release, please visit the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BODnSge0blE

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