Certain individuals have been identified as low-risk travellers 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 Travellers lines.
Trusted travellers must still comply with screening rules for prohibited items. They must still pass through a walk-through 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 travellers 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:
- Québec City
- St. John’s
- Toronto Pearson
- Toronto City Centre
You can apply for a NEXUS card online at www.nexus.gc.ca.
Simpler Screening for Trusted Travellers
While security remains our top priority, CATSA has introduced simpler security screening procedures for trusted travellers at certain domestic, international, and transborder screening checkpoints.
Airports with Trusted Traveller lines:
- Toronto Pearson, Terminals 1 and 3
- members of NEXUS and Global Entry programs;
- Currently serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces and active duty U.S. military with valid ID;
- Canadian aircrew and airport workers with RAICs;
- international aircrew in uniform with valid airline ID; and
- those accompanying these trusted travellers on the same flight.
Simpler procedures mean passengers using these lines can keep:
- shoes, belts and light jackets on;
- items in pockets; and
- compliant liquids, aerosols and gels in carry-on bags.
In Canada, all travellers must remove laptops from carry-on bags at all CATSA checkpoints.
When these lines are closed, trusted travellers receive front-of-the-line service in the queue but must follow regular divesting and screening procedures when using standard screening lines.