Trusted Traveler CATSA Security Lines

Trusted Traveler CATSA Security Lines

Certain individuals have been identified as low-risk travelers after undergoing extensive background checks. They carry special photo identification cards with security features that give them access to a limited number of airport security checkpoints called Trusted Traveler CATSA Security Lines.

Trusted travelers must still comply with screening rules for prohibited items. They must still pass through a metal detector, and their carry-on items will continue to be X-rayed. They may also be required to undergo additional search procedures.


NEXUS cards are issued by the Canada Border Services Agency to provide low-risk travelers with faster customs and immigration processing when crossing the border between Canada and the U.S.

During peak travel periods, CATSA typically offers NEXUS members a dedicated entrance that allows them to proceed directly to the front of the screening line, resulting in shorter wait times. NEXUS card holders still have to undergo security screening.

Dedicated NEXUS entrances are available at these airports:  

  • Calgary
  • Edmonton
  • Halifax
  • Kelowna
  • Moncton
  • Montréal
  • Ottawa
  • Québec City
  • Regina
  • Saskatoon
  • St. John’s
  • Toronto Pearson
  • Toronto City Centre
  • Vancouver
  • Victoria
  • Winnipeg

You can apply for a NEXUS card online at

Simpler Screening to the U.S.

While security remains our top priority, CATSA has introduced simpler security screening procedures for trusted travelers at certain Trusted Traveler CATSA Security Lines for flights to the U.S.

Airports with simpler screening for flights to the U.S.

  • Calgary
  • Montréal
  • Toronto Pearson, Terminals 1 and 3
  • Vancouver

The following trusted travelers are eligible to use these lines, with valid ID:

  • members of NEXUS and Global Entry programs;
  • Canadian and U.S. military in uniform; and
  • international aircrew in uniform.

Simpler procedures mean passengers can keep:

  • shoes, belts and light jackets on;
  • items in pockets; and
  • compliant liquids, aerosols and gels in carry-on bags.

In Canada, all travelers must remove laptops from carry-on bags at all CATSA checkpoints.

When these lines are closed, trusted travelers receive front-of-the-line service in standard screening lines but must follow regular divesting and screening procedures.


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