The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority is responsible for pre-board screening of passengers and their belongings and they determine what can or cannot be taken aboard an aircraft. You can find out about what you can take on board as well as a great deal of useful information on CATSA’s web site, or click on the Pack Smart button below.

Travellers are reminded of the following:

  • Carry-on luggage is limited to one bag plus a personal item such as a purse, briefcase, or backpack.
  • Passengers should be fully aware of the contents of both their carry-on and checked luggage.
  • Passengers should be prepared to show appropriate photo identification such as a driver’s license or passport.
  • Passengers should charge all battery-operated equipment such as cell phones and laptop computers and be prepared to turn them on for inspection.
  • Passengers should not pack in their carry-on luggage any sharp objects such as scissors, razors, letter openers, knives, knife-like objects, or any other sharp object that may be considered a weapon.
  • If it is absolutely necessary to carry any of these items, you can help minimize the wait in the security screening line-up by immediately identifying these to the security screening officer.
  • If you are taking a connecting flight upon landing, that airline may have different rules and regulations about carry on. Please check that airline’s website for more information.

Passengers who have concerns over items that should not be brought aboard an aircraft should contact their airline or the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority at 1.888.294.2202.

Security officers will conduct authorized searches of persons, personal belongings, baggage, goods and cargo. These searches may be any one or more of a combination of manual or mechanical searches. Mechanical searches are performed via walk-though metal detectors, hand-held detectors or x-ray machines.

All mechanical search devices are proven safe for use in scanning any man, woman, child, pregnant woman, and individuals with metal or synthetic implants. If you have concerns, regarding the scanning of your person (or a child under your care), you may request a manual search.

Mechanical search devices have been tested and will not damage, contaminate, injure or spoil in any way:

  • Computers or Laptops
  • Cameras
  • Personal Radio, Cassette or CD Players
  • Computer Disks, Magnetic Video or Audio Tapes
  • Computer Hard Drives
  • Food
  • Medicine or Drugs
  • Photographic Film up to 1600 ASA

Passengers with concerns regarding mechanical scans of the above noted items may request a manual search instead. All electronic or mechanical items which you wish to bring on board an aircraft will have to be powered on at the security screening checkpoint. Please ensure that your laptop battery is pre-charged to help you quickly continue on your journey.