Security Screening

We have a little light reading for you here, to get you through security stress-free and as effortlessly as possible. Your trip is going to start off great!

Going through security

Every passenger departing from an airport in Canada or the U.S. must go through security screening before boarding a flight.

As part of the screening process, you will be required to:

To make your security screening experience as stress-free as possible, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with what you can and cannot bring with you on board a flight.

Permitted in your carry-on

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  • Liquids, gels or aerosols in containers 100 ml/100 g (3.4 oz.) or less. These containers MUST be placed in one (1) clear, closed and resealable plastic bag no larger than one litre (one quart). One plastic bag is permitted per passenger. The bag must be removed from your carry-on at all security checkpoints and presented for inspection.
  • Duty-free liquids, aerosols and gels containing more than 100 ml are permitted as long as they are carried in a duty-free issued Secure Tamper-Evident Bag (STEB). Connecting passengers should be aware that the security bags are valid for a maximum of 48 hours. Purchases must be accompanied by a receipt and the security bag must not be tampered with or opened prior to going through security at a transfer airport.

Prohibited carry-on items

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  • Liquids, gels or aerosols in containers larger than 100 ml/100 g (3.4 oz.) in unapproved containers or packaging.
  • Any sharp objects need to be packed in checked baggage.

Items exempt from restrictions (must be declared to security screeners)

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  • Baby formula, baby food, and milk for passengers travelling with children less than two years old, and prescription and essential non-prescription medicines. These items do not require a plastic bag, but may require additional screening.

For flights departing from Canada, you can find a complete list of items which are federally restricted from being carried onboard our aircraft on the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority External site which may not meet accessibility guidelines (CATSA) website.

For flights departing from the US, visit the website of the US Transport Security Administration External site which may not meet accessibility guidelines (TSA).

Enhanced security measures in the U.S.

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The Transport Security Administration (TSA) in the United States have implemented enhanced security measures at airports with direct flights to the U.S.

Passengers with an onward connection from an airport where the enhanced security measures apply may be required to comply with the additional screening.

Further information is available at the TSA website External site which may not meet accessibility guidelines.

Expedited Screening for Trusted Travellers in Canada

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At busy security checkpoints in Canada, Trusted Travellers External site which may not meet accessibility guidelines, including Nexus External site which may not meet accessibility guidelines and Global Entry members, are eligible for simpler security screening procedures through designated lines. Simpler procedures mean passengers using these lines can keep:

All travellers must remove laptops from carry-on bags at all CATSA checkpoints in Canada.

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.

Designated or Queue Jump lanes are available in:

  • Toronto
  • Ottawa
  • Montréal
  • Moncton
  • Québec City
  • Halifax
  • St. John’s, NL

When Trusted Traveller screening lines are closed, Trusted Travellers receive front-of-the-line service in the queue. However, when using standard screening lines, they must follow regular screening procedures.

TSA Pre✓® in the United States

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TSA Pre✓® is designed to expedite the security screening process through TSA security checkpoints at more than 200 U.S. airports. With TSA Pre✓® on your boarding pass there’s no need to remove your shoes, belt, or a light jacket at security. Liquids and laptops can stay in your carry-on bag.

Travellers who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents of the U.S. can apply for TSA Pre✓® for a cost of US $85 for five years, or US $17 per year through the TSA Pre✓® application program.

TSA Pre✓® screening is also available to

  • Members of Global Entry footnote
  • Members of NEXUS who are U.S. or Canadian citizens or U.S. lawful permanent residents footnote
  • Members of SENTRI who are U.S. citizens or U.S. lawful permanent residents footnote
  • U.S. Department of Defense active duty and civilian employees footnote
  • Children ages 12 and younger travelling with a parent or guardian who has TSA Pre✓® on their boarding pass

Footnote
Return to footnote referrerA valid Known Traveller Number must be added to the airline reservation in order for TSA Pre✓® to appear on a boarding pass.

To find the program that best suit your travel needs, review the Trusted Traveller Program Comparison Chart. External site which may not meet accessibility guidelines Once approved, travellers will receive a “Known Traveller Number” to input when making an airline reservation and will have the opportunity to utilize TSA Pre✓® lanes at select security checkpoints when travelling on any participating airline.

TSA uses unpredictable security measures, both seen and unseen, throughout the airport. All travellers will be screened, and no individual is guaranteed expedited screening.

How it works

Enter your Known Traveller Number or PASS ID in the trusted traveller number field each time you book a flight on flyporter.com. You can also save it to your VIPorter account profile and the next time you book a flight through your account, your Known Traveller Number will be added to your reservation automatically.

When checking in for a flight, look for TSA Pre✓® on your boarding pass.

For more information, visit tsa.gov External site which may not meet accessibility guidelines or read the Frequently Asked Questions External site which may not meet accessibility guidelines about TSA Pre✓®.

Security processing times

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CATSA and TSA advise arriving at the airport early for your flight. If you’re travelling during peak times like early morning or evening, or during holidays, please plan accordingly and allow for extra time.

If you are departing from Canada, visit CATSA’s Current Wait Times External site which may not meet accessibility guidelines page for up-to-date security wait times for some of Canada’s busiest airports. Information is available for Halifax, Ottawa, Montréal, Quebec City and St. John’s.

If you are departing from the U.S., visit TSA’s View Security Wait Times External site which may not meet accessibility guidelines page for up-to-date information about your departure airport.