Canadian Air Transport Security Authority

Canadian Air Transport Security Authority

July 03, 2008 12:00 ET

Breeze Through Airport Security This Summer: CATSA Offers Tips for Summer Travellers

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - July 3, 2008) - As millions of travellers prepare for their summer getaway, the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) urges air travellers to be vigilant when packing their bags.

"Travellers can actively improve the pre-board screening process by being prepared," stated Yves Duguay, Vice President of Operations at CATSA. "This is why CATSA is reminding them of the simple steps to help everyone get through the security process as fast and stress-free as possible."


- Quantity restrictions on LIQUIDS, GELS & AEROSOLS: Store items in containers no larger than 100mL, and place the containers inside a 1 litre clear, resealable plastic bag. One bag per passenger. This applies to all your summertime necessities, including sunscreen, bug repellent and hand sanitizer. To be safe, pack all liquids, gels and aerosols in your checked baggage.

- COMPUTERS AND ELECTRONICS: Remove all laptop computers, video cameras with cassettes, and cameras with film from their carrying cases and place them in a separate tray. All other electronic items, such as digital cameras (including digital video cameras), cell phones, mobile pagers, CD or DVD players, and personal digital assistants can stay inside the carry-on baggage.


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

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

- Check with your airline and visit the CATSA website for more
information on packing.


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 belongings; 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.

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