The section offers tips on planning your trip and what to do at the screening checkpoint, specifically for seniors who have limited mobility or specific medical needs.

Planning Your Trip

Tip: You can speed up the screening process by being aware of carry-on baggage restrictions, knowing what to wear and knowing what goes in the bins before you arrive at the security screening checkpoint.

At the Screening Checkpoint

  • If you are travelling with a mobility device like a walker or wheelchair, check if the Family/Special Needs lane is available when you get to the checkpoint. This lane features screening equipment that can accommodate larger items, and screening officers who offer additional assistance to passengers needing more time or help with their belongings to get through security.
  • If you are not able to walk through the walk-through metal detector unassisted, one of the following screening methods will be used:
    • Go through the walk-through metal detector with assistance from a non-metallic cane provided courtesy of CATSA (for temporary use for this purpose only)
    • Bypass the walk-through metal detector and be screened with a hand-held metal detector
    • Bypass the walk-through metal detector and undergo a full body scan
    • Undergo a physical search
  • If you have an implanted medical device (e.g. pacemaker, infusion pump) or metal implant (e.g. hip or knee replacement or dental prosthetic) that you would like to remain confidential, please let the screening officer know. You can ask for a private search area if a physical search is needed.
  • Any exempted liquids, like medications, should be removed from carry-on baggage for inspection.

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