Planning a winter getaway?
At this time of the year, many Canadians decide to trade in their snow boots for flip flops and heavy winter coats for a bathing suit. Others revel in the cold and snow by hitting the slopes, skateways or other activities that celebrate the joys of a Canadian winter. No matter which group of travellers you fall into, we’ve got tips to help you breeze through security.
Know before you go
CATSA has a mobile app full of useful information to help prepare you for your trip. It allows you to create travel checklists, determine if items are allowed to fly and check current wait times at security in select airports. The app is downloadable from the App Store, Google Play and Blackberry App World.
Don’t get burned
Sunscreen is a must if you want to avoid a not-so-fashionable goggle tan from a day of skiing or a full-body burn from basking on the beach. However, all liquids, aerosols and gels over 100 ml – sunscreen included – must be packed in your checked baggage or you’ll have to leave them behind. Check out the rules and restrictions before you pack.
The last thing you want while travelling is a growling stomach, so feel free to bring solid food items such as sandwiches, apples and granola bars in your carry-on bag to eat on the plane. If your destination is outside of Canada, any food not consumed will be subject to the regulations of the country you are visiting. For beverages, drink or discard any liquids in containers of more than 100 ml before you get to the screening checkpoint. If you have a personal water bottle or travel mug, you can refill it once you pass through security.
Whether you’re bringing your snowboard or surfboard, it will have to be checked in with your airline. Let’s face it, space in the cabin can be at a premium and no one wants to share it with your oversized sports equipment – not even you! For questions about checked baggage restrictions (e.g. weight, dimensions) and charges for excess baggage, contact your airline directly.
Worry-free duty free
Picking up a duty-free item – awesome; surrendering it to security – not so much. If your travels have you passing through a connecting airport back in Canada, remember that all duty-free liquids, aerosols and gels in your carry-on (e.g. alcohol, perfume) are subject to screening and must be properly sealed in an official security bag with an itemized receipt. To avoid any worry, place your duty-free purchases in your checked baggage.
Always better together
If you are travelling with your family, be sure to look for our Family/Special Needs lanes. They are designed to accommodate larger items like strollers, car seats and wheelchairs, and are available at most airports