Text versions of videos

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The Walk-through Metal Detector video

Metal items like coins, keys and even gum wrappers can set it off.

You may be asked to unbuckle your belt for the screening officer to inspect.

You may be asked to remove your footwear. Construction boots and high-heeled shoes can contain metal shanks.

Breeze through security.

Travelling with Duty-free Purchases video

Duty-free items, along with the receipt...must be sealed in an official security bag.

(Shows bag marked "Do not open until final destination and security features which include checkmark and arrow in a circle)

Breeze through security.

Family Travel video

Family vacation? Look for the Family/Special Needs Lane.

Breeze through security.

Travelling with Sharp Objects video

Small scissors with blades measuring up to 6 cm from joint to tip are permitted in your carry-on bag.

Pack straight razors and blades not encased in safety cartridges in your checked bag.

Pack sharp items such as pocket knives in your checked bag or leave them at home.

Breeze through security.


Security Screening Tips Video

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All passengers must go through airport security. Here are some tips to help you get through like a pro.

Give yourself plenty of time to go through security and have your boarding pass ready to present to a screening officer.

Families or passengers with special needs who need a little more time can take advantage of the dedicated Family\Special Needs line.

To avoid alarming remove metal objects like keys and spare change from your pockets. Put them in your coat or carry-on bag before passing through.

Cell phones, tablets and other electronics can stay in your carry-on.

 If you have a laptop take it out of the case and put it in a bin.

Your clear plastic re-sealable bag of liquids, aerosols and gels, your coat and your purse also go in the bin.

Avoid wearing clothes with metal snaps and buttons, belts with metal buckles, steel-toed shoes or shoes with metal arches or shanks.

Following these tips can save you time during screening. 

You may be required to undergo additional screening. If so, you have a choice between the Full Body Scanner or a physical search

For more information visit the CATSA website at www.catsa.ca.


Packing Tips Video

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Travelling by plane?

Here are some tips to help you get through airport security like a pro

When you’re packing your carry-on bag make sure that all liquids, aerosols and gels like shampoo, toothpaste and creams  as well as foods like peanut butter are in travel size containers that are 100 milliliters or less.
Together all these containers should fit into one 1 L clear plastic re-sealable bag.

If you are a nursing mother or travelling with children under the age of two you can bring milk, formula, juice and baby food, just make sure you pack so items are accessible to show the screening officers.

Medications and prescription drugs can stay in the same containers they came in.  Just make sure they are packed so they can be easily removed for inspection.

Laptop computers, video and film cameras should  also be packed so they can be easily removed.

If you’re not sure  what you can bring with you visit  the CATSA  website at www.catsa.gc.ca


CATSA Plus Video

CATSA’s success has been built on a culture of innovation and continuous improvement, testing new technologies and processes, and conducting trials at airports. CATSA is now in a position to leverage the successful results of recent pilot projects and trials in the form of the CATSA Plus concept.

The CATSA Plus screening initiative includes modern, high-performance security screening lines with processes and innovative technologies designed to maintain security, enhance efficiency and improve the customer experience.

The full CATSA Plus checkpoint is designed to include: eGates and tracking sensors, parallel divest stations, positive bin tracking and continuous x-ray belt, remote x-ray image review, motorized bag diverter with split lanes, motorized bin return and improved repack area.
eGates installed at the entrance of the checkpoint automatically validate boarding passes and Trusted Traveler credentials and inform passengers of the next available screening line.

In order to best serve families and passengers with special needs, a Screening Officer will be positioned at one of the eGates and will facilitate validation and access to the checkpoint.

A network of tracking sensors in the ceiling anonymously tracks passenger movements in the queue and within the checkpoint thereby reducing the number of times a boarding pass is scanned.  Information from the sensors is integrated with CATSA’s BPSS and automatically calculates wait times and throughput.

Parallel or separate divest stations allow multiple passengers to divest simultaneously and ensure a continuous flow of bins to the X-ray. Experienced travelers who divest more quickly can bypass less experienced or slower passengers. Overall, the effect is increased flow through the checkpoint with an enhanced passenger experience.

Motorized roller sections generate accurate bin spacing before entering the X-ray facilitating the flow of bins through the system. A photo is taken of each bin before entering the x-ray.  The photo in addition to the x-ray image enables rapid identification of items that require a search.

RFID tags are attached to each bin. Bins are tracked through the system and the motorized bag diverter ensures that cleared bins are separated from those that require a search.

A remote screening room allows screening officers to perform x-ray image analysis in a quiet area away from distractions at the checkpoint.

Image Analysis Workstations display two x-ray views and the photo of each bin. The Work stations include image analysis and image annotation features on an easy-to-use touch screen.

All x-rays, image analysis workstations and search workstations are connected on a locally networked system that distributes x-ray images to the first available workstation. This significantly improves x-ray processing capabilities and allows the x-ray to operate in a continuous screening mode.

A continuous belt addresses one of the key bottlenecks in the screening process—the x-ray—and allows for the constant flow of items through the machine. 

The Image Analysis Zone which is a motorized roller section from the X-ray to the Diverter preserves security effectiveness by providing screeners with sufficient time to analyze each image. The Diverter moves bins rejected by the X-ray operator or bins with operator timeout to the “Search” lane. This automates the care and control of bins requiring additional screening and positive tracking of the bin through the entire screening process.

The motorized bag diverter and split lane is another example of the innovative technology at a CATSA Plus checkpoint. The split lane is a parallel set of roller tables divided by a security barrier. If a bag is cleared it continues down the roller to the re-pack area. If there is an item of concern the x-ray screening officer can reject the bag and divert it to the separate search line for additional screening. The process allows for bags to be cleared using optimum care and control and the separation of the roller tables enhances security and improves flow through the line.

The search work station with the addition of the RFID allows the screening officer to recall the image associated to the bin and conduct additional screening. The work station also displays additional information to the Search Officer such as: the time-out message or the image annotation information added by the screening officer in the remote screening room. Providing enhanced tools to Screening Officers will better enable them to perform their duties with greater care and control in less time.

A Motorized Bin Return simplifies the process of returning empty bins to the divest stations. A unit at the end of the clear line lowers bins to the bin return system and motorized rollers passing under the x-ray returns bins to the divest area.

An Enhanced Repack Zone permits more passengers to repack at the same time. It consists of additional tables and benches or chairs that are not attached to a specific screening line. This area allows passengers to take additional time to repack without feeling pressure from other passengers to move quickly.

The extra repack space reduces bottlenecks by moving passengers away from the screening line and allowing items to flow through.

CATSA Plus comprises a collection of modular features that can be assembled into “Full” and “Tailored” packages adaptable to different airport environments, depending on checkpoint size, space and passenger volumes.

The goal of CATSA Plus is to transform the customer experience through tangible innovations to the screening process, while increasing passenger flow and enhancing security effectiveness.

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